Frederick Town Fife & Drum

The group is sponsored by the Sgt. Lawrence Everhart chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution in partnership with Frederick County Public Schools, area law enforcement and other organizations. Deering, vice president of the local chapter, called Frederick the "hub of our history" and hopes bringing some revolutionary flair to the county will draw visitors from far and wide.

They would perform at any public or private event where their act is appropriate, like parades, historical celebrations, concerts and street festivals. It's not too far-fetched to think Frederick could become the colonial Williamsburg of Maryland, Deering added.

He believes this is the area's first fife and drum corps for children, like those first trained in Virginia to work with soldiers in the field. In the 18th century, military musicians tended to be boys ages 10 to 18 whose tunes led troops on long marches and signaled daily activities like wake-up calls and meal times.

In the spirit of historical accuracy, anyone age 10 to 19 can join Frederick's crew. There is no audition process. The group will meet one to two times a week, Deering said. He hopes to start out with 10 members and grow the corps as large as possible. Membership is expected to be free through funding from the Sons of the American Revolution Foundation and other donors.

Though organizers hope to recruit some with a musical background, the group focuses on building character as well as skill. Those who show progress and responsibility will be rewarded by promotion through the ranks.