Francis Scott Key Memorial Foundation Supports Frederick Town Fife and Drum

FSK Memorial Foundation Supports Frederick Town Fife and Drum

The Francis Scott Key Memorial Foundation has recently awarded the Frederick Town Fife & Drum Corps a two thousand four hundred and fourteen dollar ($2,414.00) grant to fund the purchase of uniforms and musical equipment. 

The Francis Scott Key Memorial Foundation provides the maintenance at Mount Olivet Cemetery, for both the monument, and burial site of the man who penned The Star-Spangled Banner.  Ronald Pearcey, President of the FSK Memorial Foundation, stated:  "Our Foundation is dedicated to memorializing the heroic actions of American patriots.  We commend the SAR for bringing to life an iconic image of military life in the 18th century."  

The Frederick Town Fife & Drum Corps is a youth program under the auspices of the Sergeant Lawrence Everhart Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.  Patterned after Colonial Williamsburg's renowned unit, the Frederick Town Fife & Drum is outfitted in Revolutionary period uniforms and performs at both public and private events.

"Fifers and drummers were an important part of the 18th century military", states Donald Deering, SAR Vice President and SAR Foundation Fund Chair. "Fifers and drummers served with enlisted men and officers in the field, their music inspiring and guiding the troops by sounding signals, hours and alarms.  These were also popular tunes that helped assuage the soldiers' fatigue and discomfort, both in camp and during their arduous marches.”

To ensure its success and sustainment,  the Frederick Town Fife & Drum Corps has assembled a constellation of community partners, whose members include the Mayor's Department of Economic Development, Hood College, Frederick County Public Schools, the Downtown Frederick Partnership, the Tourism Council of Frederick County, the Frederick City Police Department, the Frederick County Sheriff's Office, the Historical Society of Frederick County, Mount Olivet Cemetery, the York County, PA, Middle School Fife and Drum Corps, a Frederick City business owner and the Colonial Williamsburg's Director of Revolutionary City Programs.

Contributions, in support of the Frederick Town Fife and Drum, can be made to the Sergeant Lawrence Everhart Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution Fund, a component fund of the Community Foundation of Frederick County.

For more information about the Fife and Drum please contact Chapter Vice President Donald Deering; dadeering@comcast.net or via telephone (301-606-8827).