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CYMS Fife and Drums

The Central York Middle School "Colonial Fife & Drum Corps" consists of approximately 35 students in grades 7 & 8.  

The corps was formed in 1971 by then band director Ken Matthews as a prelude to the American Bicentennial in 1976. The corps is directed now by current band director Rick Worley, who began his tenure in 2003 when Mr. Matthews retired. The Central York Middle School fifes and drums exist as one of the only fife and drum corps in America which is part of a public school music program.   The CYMS fifes & drums perform music which was typical of fife and drum corps in England and the American colonies during the 18th  century.  The corps uses 6 hole persimmon (wood) fifes and rope tension drums, and generally carries a color guard as well when in parades.

This group is active the central Pennsylvania area performing in various parades, civic events, and reenactments.  The corps has performed in Colonial Williamsburg with the Williamsburg Fifes and Drums (pictured above right), as well as in major cities on the east coast including Baltimore, Washington, Philadelphia, Richmond, as well as internationally in Montreal, Canada. The CYMS Fifes and Drums have also participated in several Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Inaugurations, and has appeared in the Penn State University Homecoming Parade in State College, PA. The corps has performed in New York City's famed Lincoln Center (pictured above left) and on the USS Intrepid in New York City. The corps has also represented York area Lions clubs in their state and international convention parades, the Tall Cedars in their national conventions and also provides opening ceremonies for local civic and governmental events.

The Central York Middle School Colonial Fife and Drum Corps uses Cooperman Fifes and Drums. and wears uniform parts from the Jas. Townsend Company and Double Time Band Accessories.


Mr. Worley
Band Director
717-846-6789, ext. 1621