John George, Revolutionary War Drummer

In the Round Hill Cemetery on the South Side of Indianapolis – (near the intersection of South Meridian St and West Epler Avenue) – visitors will find a grave marking the final resting place of John George, a Revolutionary War drummer who served in Washington’s Headquarters Guard.

Veteran’s Day Ceremony, 2011

At 11:11 on November 11, 2011, event coordinator Jim Smith will lead drummers, pipers, and fifers from the 42nd, Tippecanoe Ancient Fife and Drum Corps, Voyaguer Ancient Fife and Drum Corps, the Colonial Williamsburg Drums & Fifes, and  other drummers attending the 2011 Percussive Arts Society conference in a ceremony to honor George at his graveside.

Jim Smith speaks at the 2010 ceremony

The public is invited to the Ceremony which portrays a Day in the Life of a Revolutionary War Drummer —- from Reveille at the crack of dawn, to Taps at the end of the Day.  There will be a Massed Drum Corps salute and a special performance by the Williamsburg Corps of “General Washington’s March” from the Cushing manuscript archives in the Williamsburg collections.

Later the Colonial Williamsburg corps will be featured in a performance at the Percussive Arts meeting in the Indianapolis Convention Center.  The Percussive Arts Society International headquarters is in Indianapolis on Washington Street and features “hands-on & sticks-on” activities for children and the young at heart in the Rhythm Discovery Center.


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