The Young American Patriots Fife & Drum Corps of Pleasanton, California


Welcome to our 2021 season!

Do you want your child to experience the fun, education and social camaraderie of being in the marching band---but without the enormous time commitment of a school marching band?  Look no further!  

Pandemic update
We have suspended all music lessons and events for now...but as Arnold once said, "we'll be back!" 


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 125 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. 

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 at a charity polo match, at the opening ceremony at a baseball 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 samples of fife & drum music go to:

To see an amazing fife & drum corps in action go to:


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!).  

Fife & Drum Corps Management:
Tim Sakogawa:  Lead Percussion Instructor.  Tim is a Bay Area native with extensive experience both in performance and in teaching percussion.  He has mastered the art of motivating his students to learn faster than they thought possible, while keeping lessons light and fun.  A full-time teacher at a local high school, Tim enjoys martial arts, body-building and really good sushi.

Anna Cucciardo:
Percussion Instructor.
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.

Call us at (415) 722-9674 or e-mail for more information.  

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