The Company of Fifers & Drummers Junior Fife & Drum Camp
Dear fife and drum families,
A month ago, the camp staff and I were busy planning camp but keeping a watchful eye on the COVID-19 outbreak. Since that time, our world has changed drastically.
We hoped to wait until the end of May to make a decision about holding camp. Regretfully, due to the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak, we feel it is prudent to cancel Junior Fife and Drum Camp 2020 now instead of waiting. We are very disappointed and sad for everyone, most especially our young fifers and drummers.
We did not make this decision lightly; it involved the input of camp staff, medical personnel working on the outbreak, and the members of the fife and drum community. In the end, the decision was very clear to us. We cannot risk the health and well-being of our campers, instructors, or their families, many of whom are in high-risk groups or have underlying conditions. In addition, families and instructors from around the country need to plan their travel now and cannot wait until the last minute to plan.
What is next?
Graduating Seniors This has been a very tough year for graduating seniors, and we are really sorry. We’d like to help by welcoming back those campers who registered and are graduating this year. Please come back next summer for your final camp year!
Reimbursements Tuition reimbursements will be mailed back to you.
Online workshops We have heard from many parents that their children would like interaction and instruction. We are pursuing the possibility of offering online workshops. Stay tuned for details.
20th Anniversary What about the 20th Anniversary? We’ll celebrate that next year.
Thank you for all your support. The fife and drum camp families and the greater fife and drum community has been absolutely amazing during this difficult time. We’ll get through this! We hope to see people later in the season but most of all, we hope that everyone is safe and healthy.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
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 2020, camp has been canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Typically, camp concludes 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.
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 including an onsite nurse.
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.
The Company of Fifers and Drummers Junior Fife and Drum Camp is held at the Incarnation Center, Ivoryton, Connecticut.