The Young American Patriots Fife & Drum Corps of Pleasanton, California
The Young American Patriots Fife & Drum Corps "YAPs" is an award-winning, performance-oriented NON-POLITICAL parade band dedicated to perpetuating the music, history & heritage of our nation's founding through musical education. We are based in the beautiful San Francisco Bay area of California (Pleasanton) and are seeking new members (9-17 years old).
YAPs is taking the Bay Area by storm and has performed in over 70 events thus far! We've played for an audience of well over 3,000 people at San Francisco's Moscone Center, and we were selected by a panel of 5 parade judges as first place category winners receiving one of only 22 awards given out to over 130 entrants at the Danville 4th of July parade.
WHAT WE DO:
We teach kids Music, History & Leadership
...and we give fife (like a flute) & snare drum instrumental lessons in Pleasanton each Friday at 6:30 PM (see calendar tab). Members will learn how to read music, play the fife or drum, march, and eventually how to compose and write their own music.
We have performed at many FUN and exciting venues, including the HP Pavilion park, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, the Moscone Center, a San Francisco Venture Capital & Technology Tradeshow, and at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.
YAPs members have met and played for members of the US Olympic Team, a NASA Astronaut, the CEO of a social media start-up, a Hollywood movie director, many US military leaders & politicians, they have played the opening ceremony at a baseball stadium...kids have even met & hung-out with the world-renowned musician & finalist from American Idol Jason Castro! We even video-conferenced with George Washington himself (or at least, an expert historian & actor dressed as Mr. Washington)!
Your children will have unique experiences here that will be remembered for a lifetime. YAPs hosts occasional guest speakers from the community as well, and we do numerous other educational and fun history & heritage-related activities. Families are welcome & encouraged to attend all events and activities.
For (free) samples of fife & drum music go to:
To see an amazing fife & drum corps in action go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqMryyZN4kE&feature=related
JOIN US FOR A FREE FIFE OR DRUM MUSIC LESSON!
Music lessons are from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM each Friday night (see schedule tab) in Pleasanton (that’s right parents; you get your date night back!).
Professional Drum Instructor Anna Cucciardo is a Bay Area native with a degree from UC Berkeley. Anna has a varied musical background which includes marching band, rock & roll, jazz and classical drumming. She continues to perform professionally, touring with various bands including Muncie/Go Kart Mozart, West Grand Boulevard, and Seth Chapla. Anna also owns Music Time Academy, a local music lessons studio and retail store(www.musictimeacademy.com).
YAPs founder and fife instructor Jason Giaimo is a Master Fifer, a previous NJ State Fife Champion & three-time US National gold medalist at the US East Coast Fife Championships. Known widely as "Jersey-Jason," he has been playing fife since the age of seven and has performed extensively both in the US and in Europe.
Call us at (925) 484-0265 or e-mail YAPS1776@aol.com for more information, or just drop by for a visit!