Special Event


War of 1812 Fife & Drum Camp

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine



Repeating Event


Every day


June 21, 2023 to June 24, 2023


9:00 AM


7 hours

Type of Event

Children’s Program
Living History


Musicians, Students,

On behalf of the Fort McHenry Guard, we would like to cordially invite you to our War of 1812 Fife and Drum Music Camp 2023! Over the past few months, we have assembled an array of the most talented and professional instructors from the tri-state region to teach students the art of 19th Century Military Music. Our intention is to hold a Field Music School on the grounds of historic Fort McHenry, to instruct aspiring fifer and drummers in the music and culture of the War of 1812. The approach is entirely hands-on. Participants will experience what it meant to be a musician in our nation’s second war with Great Britain. This includes marching, military formations, musical instruction, flag raising, and much more.

The camp will be held in the morning, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Students will meet at a large tent, erected outside of the historic star fort. Students will then engage in an action-packed day. They will march into the fort for the morning flag change, roll call and inspection. They will then conduct musical training and workshops, learning and improving with each passing day. Around noon, Dinner Call will be played and they will break for noon meal. At the end of camp, upon completion of all courses, the Fife and Drum school culminates with an 1812 Music Spectaclular. The students will form a massive Corps, and display their accomplishments in a performance for the general public. Certificates of completion will then be issued, and students will return home with increased musical and historical knowledge, as well as an official camp shirt, music, and a special memento of their work at the fort. It will be a fun and educational experience that students will long remember.

To participate in the Fort McHenry War of 1812 Fife and Drum School, applications and registration must be completed through link https://forms.office.com/g/XmxzCGPrnK or mailed/emailed before Friday, May 26, 2023. Ages 11 & up. There is no fee required. Acceptance into the school will be acknowledged via e-mail.

Volunteer release forms will be signed by parent and student on the first day.

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Tim Ertel

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