The Company of Fifers & Drummers Junior Fife & Drum Camp
A letter from our Director, Cap Corduan, about the change in the camp audition process for 2019
Dear families, We have made a slight change to the camp audition process for 2019. This year, your child’s audition video will not only be used for placement within camp, it will also be used for entrance to camp itself. If our musical team does not feel that your child is musically ready for camp, we will ask him/her to wait. This year, we are not grandfathering past campers.
Whereas Junior Fife and Drum Camp is an amazing experience, it is not a beginner/novice music camp. The day is far too long and intense for those who have not achieved beyond the novice level. The musicians who come to camp need to be able to play the standpiece music to be successful and happy.
In the past, we have used the honor system and have asked parents and directors not to send beginner musicians. Unfortunately, this has not always happened. Some novice musicians have attended and have struggled significantly at camp. Not only has this led to very miserable young musicians, it has affected people on the waiting list who might have attended successfully but were waitlisted.
How will this new process work? It is simple. By February 1st, you will register for camp online as you have done in the past. Here is the registration link. You will then be notified via email that you are provisionally registered. At that time, we will also release the audition music for both fifes and drums. Your child will then have a couple weeks to learn the music, video it, and turn it in. (Please see the website for information about how to turn in audition videos.) We are not looking for perfection and we are not looking for memorization. We want to know how your child plays.
Your child will turn in the general audition music piece by February 15. We will notify you/your musician by February 28th of acceptance with more information about payment and/or scholarship applications.
If you are feeling concerned right now, please know that this will not affect the vast majority of our campers who can easily learn and play the camp music. However, if you look at last year’s general audition music and you know that it will be a significant struggle for your child to learn that music (without significant adult instruction), please wait a year. Music from 2018 and 2017 can be found here.
Because of this new policy, please do not send any tuition deposits as you have in the past. You will receive more information about payment and the scholarship application form in future correspondence.
As always, please feel free to contact me to discuss this change in policy or to discuss anything about camp. I welcome your feedback and look forward to an amazing year at camp! Cap Corduan, Director Company of Fifers and Drummers Junior Fife and Drum Camp
In 2019, camp will be July 16-19. Please put this date in your calendar now. Registration will open on February 1, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. If you want a reminder about registration, please email: email@example.com
About Camp The Company of Fifers and Drummers Junior Fife and Drum Camp is offered each year to ensure that the tradition of fifing and drumming is passed down to the next generation and 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 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.
Camp always takes place the Tuesday - Friday before the Deep River Ancient Muster. In 2019, camp will run Tuesday through Friday, July 16-19, 2019. It will conclude with a performance at the Friday night Deep River Ancient Muster Tattoo. The performance on Friday night is part of camp and it is expected that campers stay for this.
A day camper program is available for those who live locally and do not wish to stay overnight at the camp. However, there are a very limited number of day camper spots available. They are for those who live within a 45 minute car ride and not intended for out-of-state campers.
Campers may choose from fife, snare drum, bass drum, or drum major.
Campers can audition to qualify for the Ensemble musician program which is designed to provide a more intense educational focus for musicians with more experience. Individuals qualifying for this sub-group will be given the challenge of playing specially written fife and drum solos that will be performed as part of the standpiece.
Responsible, capable, and friendly chaperones and staff.
Comfortable, spacious classrooms, and ample outdoor practice space.
Evening recreational activities and concerts.
Campers work hard, but make lifelong friendships and memories with other young fifers and drummers from around country.
Campers learn new music thoughtfully written or arranged each year for the camp.
Instruction, mentorship, and community building with amazing adult fifers and drummers from around the country and around the world
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, and also includes a small ensemble for the more seasoned, mature players.
Standpieces will be available online so participants can practice prior to camp.
Instructional program focuses on improvement of technical playing, performance skills, and music-reading ability.