Fife and Drum Performances Coming to Midland

Fife and DrumMidland’s own Tittabawassee Valley Fife and Drum Corps and visiting Lewis and Clark Fife and Drum Corps will perform this year with a new addition.  The annual presentation of the flags that were flown over our portion of America from pre-colonial era through today will be supplemented by one additional flag.  A replica of the Fort McHenry flag will be honored this year as part of the visiting Lewis and Clark Fife and Drum’s performance.

Jim McMahan, the aide-de-camp of the Tittabawassee Valley Fife and Corps notes,  “that it is a real pleasure to have such a distinguished fife and drum corps here in Michigan performing at RIVERDAYS.”

According to the Lewis and Clark Fife and Drum Corps website, “Fifes and drums made up the original communication system of the military of the 16th through 19th centuries. Commanders used fifes and drums to relay orders to their troops scattered over the battlefields, with special cadences and songs signaling everything from an advance to a retreat. The piercing fife signals and thundering drumbeats could be heard above even the musketry and cannon fire.”

The Saturday flag raising ceremony will be at 8:30a.m. at the flagpole in Chippewassee park.  A performance will take place at 9:00 a.m. and then again at 6:45 p.m.

RIVERDAYS will include several new activities this year, and celebrate the traditional favorites.  It will be a packed event this year with The Verve Pipe, All American Lumberjack Show, mud volleyball, the Milk Jug Raft Race, fireworks, Michigan Beer Tasting, The Sinclairs Band, and so much more.  All schedule details will be posted at the event and can also be found at www.midlandfoundation.org.  Convenient parking is located across the Tridge Downtown, at the Farmer’s Market, and also at St. Charles Park.