2018 Music Faculty

Stephan Southard

Stephan Southard, Fife

Stephan Southard is an accomplished musician with over twenty-five years’ experience.

As a member of the Fifes and Drums of Yorktown, Stephan studied under George P. Carroll and graduated from the corps with the rank of Principal Musician.

After graduating, Mr. Southard continued with the Yorktown Corps as Assistant Music Master, providing instruction in the areas of music theory, fifing, drumming, marching, drum majoring, and the history of martial music. As well as arranging and composing numerous medleys and percussion arrangements, and choreographing performances and field shows.

Stephan spent ten years sharing his historical knowledge and musical talents as a museum educator with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and the Jamestown Yorktown Foundation. Mr. Southard has performed as a balladeer in the taverns at Colonial Williamsburg, as a member of the Colonial Williamsburg Dance Troupe, as an actor in various stage and television productions for Colonial Williamsburg and the BBC, and with various fife and drum corps.

Mr. Southard is certified with the International Association of Field Musicians as a Drum Major (snare and bass), and as a Fife Sergeant. He has performed in a variety of venues including Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, and for numerous national and state dignitaries.

Over the past twenty years, Stephan has participated in Revolutionary and Civil War reenactments with such organizations as the 64th Regiment of Foot, York County Militia, Continental Marines, and the 3rd US Regular Infantry Company D 1861-1865.

Stephan is the founder and the Director of Field Musick Virginia. www.fieldmusickvirginia.com

And for the past 12 years Mr. Southard has been a career firefighter/medic. He is a Captain with Fort Lee Fire and Emergency Services.

Mr. Southard is looking forward to sharing his experience and passing the art of fifing and drumming on to others.