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Adamsville Ancients Host Annual No Foolin’ Jam
A great crowd came out on April 7 to enjoy a fun afternoon of fifing and drumming at the 24th annual No Foolin’ Jam hosted by the Adamsville Ancients.
A full writeup on the event is available here: 2018 No Foolin’ Jam a Success
Stony Creek in Ireland
In March, the Stony Creek Drum Corps and friends took a trip to Ireland for some parades, concerts and to tour the Southwest of the Republic of Ireland.
Read the full article here: Stony Creek in Ireland
Update on the 2018 National Muster
The National Muster will be hosted by The Connecticut Patriots Fife and Drum Corps at the Terryville Fairgrounds in Terryville, CT from Friday, July, 13th through Sunday the 15th to celebrate the group’s 40th Anniversary. The 7 pm start to the Friday night Tattoo will feature 6 very unique fife and drum performances in addition to The Connecticut Patriots. The Rhine River Rebels (Basel, Switzerland), The Wild Bunch (Basel, Switzerland), The Camden Continentals (Camden, NY) The Regulators Fife and Drum Corps (Dover Plains, NY), Mattatuck Fife and Drum Corps (Waterbury, CT), and The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps will each bring their own brand of fife and drum to the Tattoo concert.
The muster will start promptly at 11 am Saturday with over 30 groups marching a short parade through the fairgrounds. After the parade, each corps will perform a short exhibition on the muster field. The Terryville Fairgrounds is truly the perfect muster location with barns for late-night jamming, brand new bathroom facilities/showers, electric and water hookups for campers, and food being sold all weekend by the Lions Club. Of course, no Patriot’s event would be complete without an unforgettable muster meal!
For more information about the event or to find out how your drum corps can attend, please visit The Connecticut Patriots website.
New Life Members
The Company of Fifers & Drummers would like to thank and congratulate our new Life Members:
- Beverly Napieracz - Holy Cross Fife and Drum Corps
- Judy Barrows - The Connecticut Blues
- Marty Bryan - The Grand Republic Fife and Drum Corps
- Albi Bachmann - The Rhine River Rebels, Basel
Life Membership is the highest form of support that an individual can provide to further the mission of our organization, and reflects a deep commitment to ensuring that our traditions are preserved.
You can find out more about Life Membership here: https://companyoffifeanddrum.org/about/membership-options/individual/life-membership
Stories from the Parade Route
On April 17th, the Bristol County Fifes and Drums marched through the rain, sleet, and snow to participate in the annual re-creation of the Isaac Davis Trail march to Concord, MA. They were joined by a musical guest who was connected to them by the Action Minutemen and the Make-A-Wish foundation turning the event into a day they won’t forget.
Read more about this special day here: The Isaac Davis Trail March
The Duke Terreri Centennial
2018 would be the 100th birthday of Alfred “Duke” Terreri, a beloved figure in our community and a huge contributor to The Company of Fifers & Drummers. This year we will be featuring Duke and his legacy with a number of activities, and will kick off the “Year of Duke” by re-sharing a biography lovingly written by his friends from the Ancient Times, Summer 2001.
Please enjoy: Alfred “Duke” Terreri - A Remembrance
Duke’s musical legacy will also be celebrated with a concert, 100 Years of Duke: A Musical Tribute to Duke Terreri at the Company of Fifers & Drummers HQ and Museum on August 21st.
This Summer we mourn the passing of four members of our community.
Bob Atwell, Jr.
Bishop Robert Atwell, Jr (Bob), 85, of Durham, passed away on June 18th, 2018 surrounded by family.
Read more about Bob Atwell, Jr.
Robert C. “Bobby” Terelak, Jr., of New London, CT, formerly of Norwood, passed away on June 6, 2018. He was 45 years of age.
Read more about Bob Terelak
Wallace A. Fulton, 95, of Yalesville, died at his home on Thursday, April 26, 2018.
Read more about Wally Fulton
Glenn McCausland, age 75, died peacefully at his home in Glenmoore, Pennsylvania on December 21, 2017, with his family around him.
Read more about Glenn McCausland
As an organization representing the American Fife and Drum tradition to the world, the Company of Fifers & Drummers has taken steps to bring our data protection practices inline with new guidelines from the European Union (EU) for the collection and processing of personal information from citizens of the EU.
We want to ensure that all citizens of the world continue to have access to our information and we want you to feel confident that your personal information is secure when using our website. Our long-standing practice has been to collect only the information necessary to provide you with information and services available on our website.
As part of the commitment by the Company of Fifers & Drummers to improving communication and to make all Company meetings accessible and available to all member corps and individuals, regardless of location, The Company has purchased sufficient licenses of a leading web conference software for use at all such events. Now Members can participate in meeting activities remotely, and we will be able to both hear and see all other participants. The conferencing software works on all leading browsers and mobile devices.
Summer Concert Schedule
Summer is upon us and that means musters, parades, and free concerts at the Company of Fifers & Drummers Museum!
For the full concert schedule read: 2018 Summer Concert Schedule
Each Monday Night
Make sure you stop by the Fife and Chat on Monday evenings to reconnect with your peers and talk about all things fife and drum. Hosted by Charlie Terzi, Fife & Drum Music Chat is in its 20th year of online discussion. Be it Ancient, Modern or re-enacting, join the conversation on Monday Nights from 7-9 PM ET.
- Fri-Sat, July 13-14 - The National Muster
- Tuesday, July 17 - Concert: Wild Bunch, Stony Creek, Rhine River Rebels, and CT Patriots
- Fri-Sat, July 20-21 - Deep River Ancient Muster
- Sunday, July 22 - Concert: The Grand Republic Fife and Drum Corps
- Tuesday, July 31 - Concert: Chester Fife & Drum Corps and the Sailing Masters of 1812
- Fri-Sat, August 10-11 - Camden Muster
You can see these events on the fife and drum events calendar on our website and our Facebook page.
Company of Fifers & Drummers Meetings
Sunday, July 22
- Executive Committee Meets at 9:30 AM
Saturday, September 15
- Executive Committee Meets at 11:00 AM
- General Meeting (Corps & Individual Member) Meets at 1:30 PM
Message from the President
Summer brings greetings and a message from the President of The Company of Fifers & Drummers, Kevin Brown.
Read the Summer edition of the Letter from the President.
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