Born in New York City in 1919, Dolph Traymon began studying piano at age 4. He made an immediate impression on his teacher by memorizing his entire first week's lessons. From that point on he never looked back, eventually earning admission to the prestigious Juilliard School of Music. Upon graduation from Juilliard in 1942, Dolph was called into active duty in the U. S. Army. There he became conductor for the Army band, which performed on Armed Service radio shows aired by the Mutual Broadcasting System.
Following his discharge in 1946, Dolph became a partner at Caro's, one of Manhasset, Long Island's most celebrated restaurants. There he expanded his repertoire as well as his reputation as an accomplished musician and accompanist. He met and married his wife Audrey in 1949, and they eventually made their home in the village of Locust Valley, NY. Dolph's career hit high gear in the 1950's and 60's, when he split his time between working as staff pianist for A.B.C. and traveling as accompanist for the likes of Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Dorothy Lamour, Joel Gray, and Rudy Vallee.
A few years after the birth of their two daughters, Elissa and Tracey, Audrey and Dolph began to dream of opening their own restaurant together, one where Dolph's playing could accompany fine food and wine. The dream became a reality on January 20, 1973, when the Fife 'n Drum Restaurant first opened its doors on Main Street in Kent, CT. Since 1973, the Fife 'n Drum has won numerous dining awards, and has served as a gathering place for lovers of fine music and hospitality. Since 1989, it has been an annual recipient of the Best of Award of Excellence from the Wine Spectator Magazine. Dolph continues to play piano in the restaurant six nights a week, to the delight of customers from all over the world.