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Whenever they play music from America's Colonial period, the Central York Fife and Drum Corps is continuing a tradition of its own. Following in the footsteps of decades of alumni, these seventh and eighth graders continue to honor and preserve the music associated with the time of our founding fathers and those who fought for our nation's independence.

CYMS Music Director, Richard Worley, says such a young school-based fife and drum corps is a rarity. His biggest challenge is maintaining the band's sharpness and sound when half the band moves on to high school every year. He credits the eight graders with guiding the underclassmen..

"I depend on them to be leaders," said Worley. " I depend on them to set the example and to really teach the 7th graders what the corps is all about."

And, it appears that the historical significance of what and who the corps represents is not lost on these young performers

"It's very cool to know that maybe some of our ancestors played these songs," said drum major Mason DeMers. "And now we're doing it. Repeating it," he added.

The corps was created in 1971 by the school's long time music director Kenneth Matthews who intended only to keep the band together through the 1976 Bicentennial. But the kids loved it, and so did the community. And, ever since then, the corps has become a mainstay at parades, veterans ceremonies and special venues throughout the midstate and at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. Many of today's band members are second generation players in the band, with several alumni returning to the school last year to play as part of a 40th anniversary concert.

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