Rounding out a trio of musical acts that can be found at the American Adventure in Epcot is one that takes guests back to America’s early years. The Spirit of America is a colonial fife and drum corps that takes guests back to the 1700s. They are one of only two professional corps in the United States. The corps’ attention to detail is amazing all the way down to their 18th century reproduction instruments and colonially inspired costumes. The group consists of 2 flutists, 2 drummers, and 1 flag bearer. The corps can be seen multiple times daily in the cobblestone courtyard in front of the American Adventure.
Fife and drum corps were very instrumental in armies dating back to the 16th century. Along with providing music for the troops during down times, they were charged with sounding alarms and signals during battle. On average there was a 4 person corps for every 100 troops. The fifes that are used are made entirely of wood and are a member of the flute family. The corps also consists of a rope tension snare and bass drum. If you look closely at the Spirit of America’s drum,s you may be able to spot a hidden Mickey or two.
The corps begins their show by marching out from behind the American pavilion. This miniparade grabs the attention of guests passing by and draws them in for the 15 minute show. Once the group reaches the center of the courtyard they begin executing military and other formations that go along with their patriotic songs. Guests will also have a chance to be a part of the show when the group invites everyone to sing along with God Bless America. This short show is a must see for many because of the patriotic pride it instills in them. Make sure to grab a times guide next time you are in Epcot to see when you can catch this great performance of American history.
Contributed by: Shalon Given (NDI#167) Shalon is the DDL Music Blogger.