The Fifes and Drums of the Royal Life Guards is the Swedish military drum corps of the Life Guards infantry battalion in Stockholm.
The drum corps uses the traditional army instruments fifes, bugles, field drums and landsknecht drums.
The main task is to perform music for ceremonial duties at the Life Guards. The corps also performs for other military units as well as civilian attractions desiring a military touch.
The corps has performed at Stockholm Tattoo by Horse 1995, trips to Ehingen 1996, Bonn 1998 and Berlin Tattoo 2000. In 2003 the Fifes and Drums of the Life Guards participated in the Schwedenfest in Wismar and 2004 returned to Ehingen for performing at a military traditional reunion. The drum corps has participated in both Stockholm Military Tattoo and Ystad Tattoo, twice at both tattoos.
By holding on to the traditional military instruments, music and correct drill the Fifes and Drums of the Life Guards maintain a military musik tradition that today often is forgotten.
As early as 1523, not disbanded until 1894, drummers and fifers were in active service at the Life Guards. In 1989 the Guards officer Hans Augustin, now Regimental Major of the Dragoons, reintroduced a new drum corps on a volounter basis. Members are recruited from miliary personell at the Life Guards as well as from civilians from the greater Stockholm and Uppsala area.