Based in the Midwest regions of Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois, The River Valley Colonials (RVC) was established in 1990 by four fifers and one snare drummer. Their goal was to expand their repertoire of 18th century military music and drill associated with the Continental Army of the American Revolution during the time period of 1775-1783.

Uniformed as the 4th Massachussetts Regiment of the Continental Line, RVC strives to provide an educational and enjoyable experience for audiences and reenactors alike. It is our hope, that through our dedication and research, we are able to preserve our history through accurate portrayals and performances of what life would have been like for 18th century soldiers and military musicians.

Unlike many other fife and drum corps, RVC fields a fully armed infantry and an authentic military camp.

RVC participates in approximately 8-12 performances and military encampments throughout the Midwest during a season. The River Valley Colonials have had the distinct privelege of participating at the following events:
– Lewis & Clark Rendevouz - St. Charles MO
– Greenfield Village - Dearborn MI
– Fort Niagara - Youngstown NY
– The Company of Fifers and Drummers - Ivoryton CT
– Feast of the Hunter's Moon - West LaFayette IN
– Battle Road - Lexington / Concord MA
– National Fife and Drum Muster - Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga NY
– The 225th Anniversary of Yorktown - Yorktown VA
– The Declaration of Independence road trip during its display at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, WI.
– Various venues with the Northwest Territory Alliance throughout the Midwest

The River Valley Colonials is a non-profit organization and funds its activities through performance fees and donations.




2016 Schedule

March 5 - Freezer Jam
Adrian, MI

May 28-29 - Spirit of Vincennes Rendezous
Vincennes, IN

June 25-26 - Battle of Sunset Lake
Vicksburg, MI

July 4th - Parades, Northern IL

September 10-11 - A River Thru History
Willow Springs, Illinois

September 17-18
Trail of Courage Living History Festival
Rochester, IN

October 1-2 - Feast of the Hunter's Moon
Historic Fort Ouiatenon Park, West Lafayette, IN


River Valley Colonials Fife & Drum Corp
2637 Anthony Ave.
Janesville WI 53545

Director: Nicole Dickman

Music Director: Kerri Cunningham

Business Manager: Tim Olsen

Treasurer: Steven Leisher

Secretary: Andrew Cunningham

Quarter Master of Equipment: Paul Cunningham

Quarter Master of Uniforms: Terry Chatfield

PR/Marketing: Steven Leisher

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