Camp Chase Fifes and Drums

Our History

Volume 3 Cover Photo

The Camp Chase Fifes and Drums has been a leader in historical military field music since the early 1980s.  An authentic recreation of a Civil War-period regimental fife and drum corps founded in 1983, the corps is named after the large Union Army training camp that was located near Columbus, Ohio during the war. Members are from across Ohio and several neighboring states. Their music, played on authentic wooden fifes and rope tension drums, comes from the military field music manuals utilized by the armies of America and Europe from the mid 18th century to the late 19th century. .

The corps performs regularly at historical events and commemorations, reenactments, musters and musical programs around the country. Some of its best remembered performances began with its participation in the 1985 Presidential Inaugural. Then there was its role in the movies GETTYSBURG, and the prequel GODS AND GENERALS.  In 2000 the corps performed with Doc Severenson and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, conducted by Erich Kunzel, in a special July 4th performance broadcast nationally on PBS, and has been a active supporter of the annual Don Hubbard Music School.

Camp Chase has performed at venues from Connecticut to Colorado and from Georgia to Michigan.  Beginning with the American Civil War 125th Anniversary events, when the Corps was the official field music organization of the Western Brigade, through performances for the Percussion Arts Society ( PASIC) and the American Patriots Rudimental Drummers Club (APRDC).

In their secondary role as field music of the First American Regiment – the US Army’s very first regimental field music unit following the American Revolution – they performed at all of the Bi-centennial events of that organization from 1987 until 1996.  This impression includes brightly trimmed, red, 18th century, military musicians’ coats, white linen military overalls, black felt hats covered with bearskin, and a Federal Period musical repertoire to match.

The Corps is a member of The Company of Fifers and Drummers

The Camp Chase Fifes and Drums currently has three recordings available CD. MP3 Tracks, and CDs can be purchased by clicking on the Shop button. Our CDs are also available at museum stores, historic sites, and specialty shops, or directly from the group at: 

Camp Chase Fifes and Drums, Inc.
589 Bantry Bay Court
Galloway, OH  43119
Phone: (614) 922-0693

For information about booking the Camp Chase Fifes and Drums, please contact:

Camp Chase Fifes and Drums, Inc.
21 Patrick Court
Chillicothe, Ohio 45601
Phone: (740) 775-7215