This is Cap’s eighth year as director of the Camp and she has been with the Camp as an instructor since its inception. Cap started out in drum corps when she was 9 years old and joined the Nutmeg Volunteers Junior Ancients from Groton, CT. When she aged out of Nutmeg, she joined the Westbrook Seniors. This allowed her time to play fife and drum as well as go to college. Cap received her BFA in Technical Theatre/ Design after which she headed west to the University of Illinois to pursue her Master’s Degree. While there, she was a member of the March Illini. Upon completion of her Master’s Degree, she moved back to New England to teach design at the Walnut Hill School of Performing Arts in MA. Soon she found herself as a member of the Middlesex County Volunteers and was their assistant director for 5 years. Cap left MCV when she moved back to CT where she played with The Connecticut Valley Field Music for a number of years. During this time she had the privilege of “studying” with Dennis and Bobby McGowan. (It was more like hangout with really cool guys!) It was through these men that Cap learned the idea of “ancient easy” drumming. With that in mind she co-founded the Bluff Point Quahog Diggers Band where she is their ring leader.
Currently, Cap is the Head of Technical Theatre in the Communication Department at Fitchburg State University in Fitchburg, MA. She has also recently been asked to mentor Old Guard bass drum auditionees.
This is Tanya’s second year as the camp’s Assistant Director and third year volunteering at camp. Unlike most from the fife and drum world, Tanya learned to fife after her son. (Why should he have all the fun?)
For many years, Tanya was the Business Manager and Treasurer for the William Diamond Junior Fife and Drum Corps of Lexington, MA. There, she was also a substitute fife instructor. She is the Director of the Finger Lakes Fife and Drum Corps, a brand new corps in Ithaca, NY, co-founded with her son, John, and Allen Reed. She is a member of the Bluff Point Quahog Diggers Band where she fights other members for the privilege to carry the clam rake; a fifer with the Menotomy Minutemen of Arlington, MA; and has fifed with the Sudbury Ancient Fyfe and Drum Companie. In addition, Tanya holds a Masters Degree in Elementary Education and has been a board member for many historical, educational, and fine arts non-profit organizations.
Tanya is never happy unless she has a spreadsheet and a clipboard. Having the clam rake doesn't hurt, either!
Director of Green Team & Donations
Katie joined the Middlesex County 4-H Fife & Drum Corps when she was 7 and grew up playing around the Old North Bridge and along Battle Road. She aged out when she started high school but continued to teach, and joined MCV where she played for 9 years.
After college, Katie joined an early stage City Year, a kind of peace corps for the inner city, just as it was helping to spark AmeriCorps and the community and national service movement. Steeped in a dynamic community of Social Entrepreneurs, Katie devoted her life to youth development nonprofit program, growth strategy, talent, and network engagement.
At first, this eclipsed fife and drum, and Katie took a 7 year hiatus from her fifing. She returned to fife and drum when Cap founded the Bluff Point Quahog Diggers Band and is probably back for life.
In 2008, Katie and a handful of campers and friends founded the Green Team to raise awareness and money for camp scholarships and to help our F&D community get a little more environmentally friendly. In 2009 she started helping out behind the scenes at Camp and wears whatever hats are needed, but is usually organizing or helping to support something.
Carol has been involved in the fife and drum community since joining The Marquis of Granby at the age of 10. After aging out of that organization she has marched with The New York Ancients, Connecticut Valley Field Music, and is currently a member of The Bluff Point Quahog Diggers Band. She continues her connection with The Marquis as an instructor of recruit fifers. Carol has been a chaperone, and sometimes instructor, for the fife and drum camp for many years.