My next great adventure was the trip to Michigan which, as a stated in a previous blog post, was one of the best trip I've taken to date. After Michigan, I went to Junior Fife and Drum Camp. The camp is one of a kind; it is a four-day long fife and drum workshop that is taught by skilled volunteers. Every year the theme is different and this past year the focus was on the music of the Connecticut Yanks. The Yanks were one of the best corps in fife and drum history and have influenced the way many corps sound today. Taken from Camp's website:
"The Company of Fifer and Drummer Junior Fife and Drum Camp is offered each year to ensure that the quality and scope of fifing and drumming continues to improve, expand, and prosper. This is accomplished through the use of instructional workshops, which provide junior drum corps members with the tools needed to increase their knowledge in various aspects of fifing and drumming. All workshops are conducted in a friendly, open, and professional manner to provide a positive experience for all.
• Appearance at the famous Deep River Ancient Muster Tattoo allows campers to showcase their camp accomplishments.
• Standpiece allows campers of all ability levels to participate fully in the performance, which will also include advanced small ensemble pieces for the more seasoned players.
• Standpieces will be available online so participants can practice prior to camp.
• Instructional program focuses on improvement of playing and performance skills, and music-reading ability."
This rest of the year consisted of three more muster trips for me a my friends. We went to The Deep River Ancient Muster (DRAM) right after camp, the Westbrook Muster, The Sudbury muster, and concluded the season with the Moodus Muster.
One month into the new year, I am extremely excited for what there is in-store. I am once again going to be in the Boston Massacre, only in a different role (What could that be?!?!), I plan on going to camp again (this year I'm going to try for the advanced musician section) and, My fife and Drum Corps (MC4HFD) is planning on going to Colonial Williamsburg to participate in the tenth annual Drummers Call festivities.
I'll sign off now but check back soon to see what sewing projects I have been working on and how I am doing as a commissioned tailor.