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Thank you to everyone who has donated to the annual fund this year. Together, the community has donated over $5,100 to support the mission of The Company of Fifers & Drummers. We’re 35% of the way to our goal of $15,000 and need your help to get us the rest of the way there!
Please consider donating to The Company of Fifers & Drummers to support the fife and drum community and to preserve and grow the fife and drum tradition.
Curious about what we've been up to this year, what the annual fund is used for, or other ways to provide support? Scroll to the bottom of the page or click below to find out more:
If you are able, you can support us financially by making a donation of any amount through PayPal (recommended) or by sending a check payable to The Company of Fifers & Drummers, P.O. Box 496, Ivortyon, CT 06442.
Thank you all for your continued support.
In the Ancient Spirit, The Company of Fifers & Drummers
About the Annual Fund
The Annual Fund is an annual initiative to support the operating expenses of The Company of Fifers & Drummers. As you may know, The Company of Fifers & Drummers sustains itself and the Museum building by offering individual and corps memberships, however these memberships cover only a portion of the annual operating budget. The Company of Fifers & Drummers relies heavily on donations as part of its funding plan and supplements as much as possible by applying for grants.
Our 2022 Annual Fund appeal goal is $15,000 and your tax-deductible donation will provide support for operating expenses including building upkeep and maintenance, fire and security monitoring, utilities (gas, electricity, phone, and internet), web hosting fees, and building and liability insurance. Contributing to the fund allows continuous operation of The Company of Fifers & Drummers from year to year. If you are interested in more financial details you can read our Financial Disclosure.
Some of the projects and events underway at The Company of Fifers & Drummers:
- Museum Upgrades - We are replacing all building and museum lighting with LED lights, including putting additional LED lighting in the ceiling of the Museum. This will result in better lit displays and overall interior visibility and provides over $700 in energy savings per year. We are also putting a UV Protective Coating on all of the windows in order to protect the collections from UV damage while still maintaining natural light in the museum.
- 3rd Annual Winter Workshop Series - Starting in January 2023, we will be hosting multiple online events to support the fife and drum community.
- Securing cloud-based storage for digitized Archives material, sound recordings, documents, etc. to ensure their safety and security.
- Old Guard Collaboration on Current Jam Tunes - Serving as a supplement to the current Company of Fifers & Drummers Music Books, this book will be comprised of about 75 tunes/medleys, with fife and drum parts as close to the most common jam version as possible.
Completed Projects & Events
Some of our completed projects and events during 2022:
- Archives: Processed donations of uniforms, music books, drums, photos, and documents
- Museum: Repaired/cleaned/de-cluttered multiple exhibits
- Juniors Field Day: Held the first Juniors Field Day on May 21st where Juniors from all over the northeast came together to get to know each other. There were many games, a shared meal, and (of course) a jam session.
- Jaybirds Day: Held the 46th annual Jaybirds Day on October 1st and honored 7 Jaybirds
- 2022 Winter Workshop Series: Held a series of 5 workshops on topics including Corps Management, Composition for Fife and Drum, Arranging for the Full Corps, Drum Major and Color Guard, and Intermediate Techniques for Fifing and Drumming
- Supported National Muster with pre-muster T-Shirt Sales
Other Ways to Provide Support
If a direct financial contribution is not possible at this time, here are some other ways of supporting The Company of Fifers & Drummers:
- Make a purchase at our online store https://store.companyoffifeanddrum.org/ - we make a small commission of the sale of products and wearing them is a great way to spread the name of The Company of Fifers & Drummers
- Please consider using Amazon Smile when you shop on Amazon and select The Company of Fifers & Drummers as your charity of choice. At no additional cost to you, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the value of your purchase to the non-profit of your choice. For example, $0.05 would be donated for a $10.00 purchase. Read more about using Amazon Smile on our website at https://companyoffifeanddrum.org/news/amazon-smile. Just be sure to visit www.smile.amazon.com when shopping online and use your existing Amazon login credentials.
- If you are selling an item on eBay and wish to donate a portion of the proceeds to The Company of Fifers & Drummers then details can be found at https://www.charity.ebay.com/charity/The-Company-of-Fifers-%26-Drummers/2145159, just click on the “Sell for Charity” link.
- Link to The Company of Fifers & Drummers from your corps website.
- Like and share our posts on social media sites.