Meet our Instructors for the current season. Instructor lists are finalized and posted each year prior to the start of Camp.
Natasha Enos was born and raised in Groton, CT and has been playing the fife since age 11. She began playing in the Nutmeg Fife & Drum Corps based out of Groton after seeing the corps perform in the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade. Natasha currently plays with the Bluff Point Quahog Diggers Band and the Kentish Guards Fife and Drum Corps. She has been attending the Junior's Fife and Drum Camp since 2009 and has loved the many hats she's worn in the organization.
Natasha is excited for camp to be back this year and can't wait to see everyone in person!
Candy Guastamachio took an unusual route to the world of fife & drum. She's a flute player with a degree in music and she taught for 3 junior corps (from the late 70s to the early 90s) before ever joining a corps herself. In 1994, her family joined the Nathan Hale Ancient Fifes & Drums. In recent years, she's taught for the Marquis of Granby and has played with Ameri-Clique, the Bluff Point Quahogs, Connecticut Valley Field Music and Nathan Hale.
Candy is a retired public school music teacher. She's taught Band, Orchestra, Choir & General Music in Massachusetts, Connecticut & Vermont. Upon retirement, she left behind the program in East Hartford, Connecticut, where she was very proud of her 165 member marching band. She's also a retired United States Army musician, having spent 21 years as a member of the 94th Army Band. Candy tells musicians that the most important part of any musical activity is to, "Have fun & do your best!"
Silvia Gopalakrishnan - Intern
Silvia Gopalakrishnan started her musical journey in 2009 when she joined the Deep River Junior Fife and Drum Corps. Since then, Gopalakrishnan became a member of the Bluff Point Quahog Diggers Band and Americlique, and is a founding member of the Lighthouse Brigade, whose goal is to shine a light on contemporary fife and drum music.
Gopalakrishnan's compositions have been commissioned for the Valley Regional High School Concert Band, the Deep River Junior fife line, and other ensembles. She is also featured in Emily Barone's Fife Etude and Solo Book. Currently, she is co-orchestrating a new musical, "Oh Fair Maiden," written by Emma J. Smith. Her creations are on display on her Youtube channel, "Silvia Gopalakrishnan".
Gopalakrishnan is pursuing an IB/M music education degree at the University of Connecticut. She is studying flute with Naomi Senzer, and has performed in various ensembles at UConn on flute, piccolo, alto saxophone, and trombone!
This is Bill Hart's tenth time teaching at the camp. Bill began fifing in 1969, when his father joined the Colonial Navy of Mass. His first corps was Barton's Raider's of Tiverton, RI. He has been a member of the Independent Light Dragoons, Colonial Navy, the CT Blues, The CT Rebel's, and the Sailing Masters and is a founding member and director of Ameri-Clique. He has taught several corps junior and senior corps, and is currently the instructor for Deep River, Westbrook and the Bluff Point Quahog Diggers Band. His arrangements have been played by numerous fife and drum corps, including the CT Blues, CT Patriots, CT Rebels and Black River Fife and Drum. He has published two collections of fife arrangements and an exercise book for fifers. He recorded the Company Book II, the Watrous Book and the Sons of LIberty Book for the Company of Fifers and Drummers. He has won individual, duet and quartet medals in CT and Northeastern competition. With Tishka Musco, he created the ensemble the Muster Bunch and recorded the CD "Planxty Pauline". He created the ensemble the Madison Street Project and produced the CD "The Last Hour". He has produced three CD's of electronic music.
This will be Karen McGuire's ninth year teaching at JRFDC – and she is thrilled to be back! Karen grew up in a New York fife and drum family and was given her first fife at the age of six. As a member of the competitive junior corps, Good Shepherd, started by her parents, she grew up playing the Kirk Music selected in 2017 for JRFDC – along with many of the tunes heard in jam sessions at fife and drum musters.
Karen brought her fife with her to Colorado – where she lives – and has stayed active in fife and drum as the founder and principal musician of the Mile High Fife and Drum Corps. Karen also plays flute in two community bands and teaches elementary school band. She relates to the challenges of new music, fingerings and rhythms, and is excited to help her fife students master the camp music - as they always do.
Karen’s Theme: Music brings us all together.
Jessica Salazar began playing the fife in 1991 at the age of 5 as a member of the Junior Colonials under the instruction of Heidi Degree, and later, Jason Malli. At age 10, she joined her parents as a part-time member of the Connecticut Blues, and became a full-time member in 2000, where she was instructed by Tishka Musco. Jessica competed with both the Juniors and the CT Blues winning multiple awards for individual, duet and quartet contests.
In 2008, Jessica graduated from Hamilton College with a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology. In early 2009, she auditioned for, and won a spot with, the United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, where she met her husband, Josh. While in the Corps, she served as one of the Production Staff Fife Arrangers and was in charge of the Fife Ensemble. After serving for over 6 years, Jessica (and Josh) decided to leave the Army and take life’s path in a different direction. She and her family moved back to CT to be more involved with the CT Blues where in addition to playing the fife, she is a fife instructor. Since last summer, Jessica has earned a degree in nursing and is a working nurse!
This is Jessica’s 6th time volunteering as an instructor at Camp and is looking forward to working with another group of talented and energetic musicians!
Jen Wick played fife with the Marquis of Granby from 1970 to 1979, and has been teaching fife there off and on since around 1999. She was a founding member of the 18th Connecticut Regiment, and has been with Connecticut Valley Field Music for most of its 30 years.
As a young fifer in Marquis, her two dreams were to go to fife and drum camp (which didn't exist at the time), and to stay with the Marquis forever. Life is good!
Kim Zullo has been playing fife since she joined the Colonial Musketeers Junior Fife and Drum Corps of New Jersey in the seventh grade. While she was in the Colonial Musketeers, she became an exhibition fifer in the eighth grade, and eventually went on to become the fife sergeant of the corps in 2015. She has taught the younger members for years, and enjoys working with a variety of different fifers. Just this past year, Kim also joined the Bluff Point Quahog Diggers Band.
Kim was a camp member for three years, from 2014 to 2016, and she was in the ensemble for all three years. Her final year as a camper, she was the lead fifer. Her instructors included Bill Hart, Chris Szpara, and Chris Lussier, among others.
Along with the fife, Kim enjoys playing flute and piccolo, which she has been doing since the fourth grade. In high school, she played in high school bands and region bands, as well as pit orchestra. She is currently a freshman studying Biology at Rowan University with a double minor in Spanish and Music. She hopes to eventually attend Veterinary School.
Snare Drum Instructors
Cliff Barrows started in fife and drum in 1969 with the Junior Colonials of Westbrook CT as a fifer, and later switched to snare drum. In 1976 he joined the Deep River Juniors where he started competing in individual, duet and quartet contests. He has been a member of the Connecticut Blues Fife and Drum Corps since 1979 and has written a number of the drum charts for the Corps. Cliff’s drum instructor through his junior fife and drum years was Ken Lemley, and he later took private lessons from Jim Clark. Instructors for the Connecticut Blues were Paul Cormier and Dan Mullen, who also provided valuable drumming guidance. Cliff has won numerous Connecticut, Massachusetts, Hudson Valley and Northeastern Championships. In 2005, Cliff, along with Don, Brendan, and Colin Mason won the percussion ensemble category at the DCA World Championships. He still plays with the Connecticut Blues with his wife, Judy, Daughter and Son-in-law Jess and Josh Salazar, and when he is on the east coast, son, Peter Barrows. Cliff enjoys helping out at the Fife and Drum camp and feels it is a very rewarding and enjoyable way to perpetuate the fife and drum tradition.
Brendan Mason is an active teacher, performer, and clinician in the New England area. He currently teaches general and instrumental music at East Shoreline Catholic Academy in Branford, CT (previously Saint Mary School) and serves as the Assistant Marching Band Director for Jonathon Law High School in Milford, CT. He provides private lessons to many students of all ages in the New England Area. Brendan also has served as caption head or technician to several area drumlines and percussion sections including the Cheshire High School Marching Band, Col. John Chester Drum Corps, Connecticut Patriots Drum Corps, The Stony Creek Drum Corps and the 7th Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. He has provided clinics and workshops all over the world, including a 2014 presentation for the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis, a week of clinics in Singapore for the Singapore Armed Forces Band and for The Royal Marine School of Music in Portsmouth, UK. Brendan is a regular teacher, performer and guest throughout China as a member of The China Percussive Arts Society.
Brendan is a student of Paul Cormier, Mike Gagnon, Matt Mayotte, and Tim Cecil. He later studied under Ken Green while attending Northwestern State University of Louisiana where he pursued a degree in music education and percussion performance. Brendan started playing rudimental snare drum at the age of 6 as a member of the Col. John Chester Drum Corps. He soon began competing individually through the Corps, winning honors at the Connecticut, Massachusetts, Hudson Valley, and Northeastern States Championships. At age 9, Brendan became the youngest drummer to hold The Dan English Trophy as the Connecticut State Junior Snare Drum Champion, a distinction he has won more times than any other individual.
In addition to teaching, Brendan is a member of the Connecticut Patriots Drum Corps. He has also performed with the Grand Republic Fife and Drum Corps, the Middlesex County Volunteers and The Top Secret Drum Corps of Basel, Switzerland. Through these groups, Brendan has toured both nationally and internationally, performing in Switzerland, France, Germany, and Australia. He has individually performed with notable musicians, such as Shania Twain, and was featured on an ESPN recording. Brendan is a proud member of The Company of Fifers and Drummers, USARD and NARD. He is also an endorsee of Mapex and Majestic, The Cooperman Drum Company, Innovative Percussion, ProLogix Percussion, and Loyal Drums.
Peter Mason is a past member of Col John Chester, Portland Fife and Drum Corps, and a few other corps. He was taught by Brendan Mason, David Fontaine, Tim Cecil, Mike Gagnon, and Bill Rotella. He currently plays with Connecticut Patriots, Americlique, and Deep River Seniors. He is a former pastry chef and now the owner of the Mason Jar Drum Company.
Peter has been a past member of the Junior camp since it started and now as an instructor. Some of his most recent adventures include living in Basel in 2016 for two months and playing with Märtplatz Clique for Fasnacht!
Chris Meade has been playing the drums since a very young age and was introduced to the fife and drum world in the 4th grade. He started out playing with the Colonel John Chester Fife and Drum Corps in Wethersfield, CT. After his junior corps days, he joined the Connecticut Blues Fife and Drum Corps of Middletown, CT. Chris has attended the Junior Camp for the past several years. This is his second year teaching at the camp.
Aside from his many fife and drum endeavors, Chris has also played in two Drum Corps International groups, including the Fusion Drum and Bugle Corps of Morristown, NJ and the 7th Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps of New London, CT while in high school. Chris is currently looking to study music education and teaching drummers for as long as he can.
Kayleigh Morpeth - Intern
Kayleigh Morpeth is from Hackettstown, New Jersey and has been in the fife and drum community since she was 10 years old. She started played snare drum with the Colonial Musketeers Junior Ancient Fife and Drum Corps of Hackettstown, NJ, and just recently aged out. Kayleigh currently plays with the Connecticut Blues Fife and Drum Corps of Middletown, CT. She attended camp for almost 10 years as a camper and is very excited to be on the teaching side for the first time.
Currently, Kayleigh attends William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey, studying Music Education with a minor in Mathematics. Aside from fife and drum, Kayleigh has been a member of the Macy’s Great American Marching Band for 3 years and a founding member of Encorps, a DCI Open Class Drum Corps. Not only does she play snare drum and other various percussion instruments, but she is a part of an English handbell choir and has had the privilege to play with them in Disney World and the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Bio Coming Soon!
Bass Drum Instructors
Simon Andrews started learning to play bass drum with the Warehouse Point Junior Fife and Drum Corps when he was only 5 years old. When the corps folded, he moved to Colonel John Chester Fife and Drum Corps where he played with a great drum line under the direction of the Masons.
After some time away from the ancient Fife and Drum world, he picked up trumpet and played for St. Peter’s Drum and Bugle Corps. He also continued drumming periodically with Yalesville Fife and Drum Corps for a few years. He is now a proud member of the Connecticut Blues Fife and Drum Corps.
Simon is excited to teach at the camp after almost a decade of participating in this wonderful program. He is hoping he can impact young drummers the way the camp impacted him growing up!
Bio coming soon!
Olivia Handy - Intern
Liv started learning how to play bass drum after joining the Deep River Junior Ancient Fife and Drum Corps in 2010 under the instruction of Aaron Beard and Terry Malcarne. After some time in DRJA, Liv took an interest in competing and began lessons with Aarin Brown. She competed at the United States Association of Rudimental Drummers competition in 2018 and 2019, becoming the first female to win the bass drum champion title in 2019.
After graduating out of the Deep River Juniors, Liv became a proud member of the CT Blues! After many years as a camper, Liv is over the moon to join the instructional side of camp and hopes to impact campers as her instructors have impacted her! While Liv is busy pursuing a nursing degree at Rhodes State College in Lima, OH, she remains dedicated to the art of fife and drum.
Don Mason began playing bass drum in the Connecticut Yanks Drum Corps in 1965 and played with the Corps until it disbanded in 1976. After attending college, Don joined the Connecticut Patriots Sr. Fife and Drum Corps where he has played since 1980. Don has competed for many years in individuals, duets and quartets, as well as with the Corps.
Don’s family has long been active in drum corps; he met his wife Patricia in the Ct. Patriots and their children, Brendan, Colin, Peter and Maureen have all participated in the Fife and Drum Camp and are currently in the Connecticut Patriots.
Don joined the Connecticut Valley Field Music Corps where he plays a bass drum that is more than 100 years old. Don teaches bass drum in the Patriots, the Middlesex County Volunteers from the Boston area and the Col. John Fife and Drum Corps from Wethersfield, CT. He is a past president of the Connecticut Fifers and Drummers Association and has taught the bass drum section at the Fife and Drum Camp for many years.
Drum Major Instructors
Mark Logsdon has been director of the renowned 1st Michigan Colonial Fife and Drum Corps since he and his late wife, Mary, founded the group in 1974. He has had a long association with the award-winning Stevenson High School Marching Band Drum Line and just recently retired from the position of senior drum instructor there. As a private instructor, Mr. Logsdon has had as many as 60 students per week. His students are consistent award winners and several have gone on to pursue professional careers. He holds the distinction of having had former students play with every major Michigan university marching band, The Old Guard (U.S. Army) Fife and Drum Corps, and many other out-of-state colleges and universities. Mark began playing professionally in 1961. His "Top 40" band was one of the top five bands in the metro-Detroit area until it was disbanded in 1996. Mark has toured in the UK, Canada and many states, including 39 consecutive tours of the Boston area during Patriot's Day festivities in April. With experience producing and recording, Mr. Logsdon has worked on movie soundtracks, commercials and CD projects. In fact, the 1st Michigan's recordings are available on iTunes and other music download services. Mr. Logsdon is currently the 1at Vice President of the Company of Fifers and Drummers and helped found the Michigan Music Association in 1972. He regularly serves as advisor, consultant and clinician for bands, fife and drums corps and instrument manufacturers on a national and international basis. Besides having founded the 1st Michigan, Mr. Logsdon is very proud of the legacy of Freezer Jam that has been held in the Midwest for over 25 years.Though it is geared toward both Adults and Junior Fife and Drum Corps personnel, Freezer Jam has become a “go to” destination for Eastern Corps and has served as the model for other Junior Fife and Drum Corps weekends held in other areas of the country.
Thomas Quirk - Intern
Thomas Quirk was a fifer and drum major for the William Diamond Junior Fife and Drum Corps. Now, Thomas is the new drum major for Grand Republic. He is also a rifleman and musician for Regiment Saintonge, a French reenactment group. This is Thomas’s first year as the drum major intern. He is excited to work alongside Mark Logsdon and the other great fife and drum instructors and interns as well as help teach a new generation of majors the precision and discipline to perfect their craft.