A colonial instrument similar to the flute, except shriller in sound and lacking the complicated "keys". It is far more advanced then it's comrade the drum
, contrary to popular belief, and a large secret society of awesome people still play it today. Put together with drums, these groups of awesome people are known as "fife and drum corps."
The Old Guard Fie and Drum Corp., the US military fife and drum corp. that is known to be greater than all, and all awesome fifers and drummers secretly aspire to join. Also, I'm pretty sure wikipedia has a good description of a fife.