State Fife and Drum Corp
WA State Fife & Drum Corps was organized in 2014 by Drum Major
Viren Lemmer, of the Alexander Hamilton Chapter WA State Sons of the
Viren joined the WA State SAR, he was approached by the Color Guard
Commander about marching with the Color Guard. The commander
asked “would you like to carry a musket in the next parade?”
Viren looked at him and asked, “What if I carry a drum
At that point the Fife and Drum Corps was born.
are SAR members but
early on, it was decided that membership would include persons from the
DAR, and other non-associated member musicians.
Due to the inclusion of non-SAR
it is identified as the "WA State SAR Color Guard Fife & Drum Corp", a Color Guard support unit.
the Revolutionary War, the musician’s
uniform was the opposite color of his regiment.
This resulted in the Fife & Drum members
wearing a red coat with
Members are however
authorized to wear any uniform worn during the revolution. They are
mistaken as British at Color Guard events
in the Fife & Drum is recognized with a system based upon
number of events
are promoted in rank
with epaulets which are worn on the left shoulder.
Events - Green, Corporal
Events - White, Sergeant (normally
red but not on a red uniform.)
Events - Silver, Lieutenant
Events - 2 Silver, Captain