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 runs Tuesday through Friday, July 17-20, 2018, and concludes with a performance at the Friday night Deep River Ancient MusterTattoo. Camp is always the week leading up to the Deep River Ancient Muster.
Junior Camp is a part of The Company of Fifers and Drummers, a non-profit organization formed in 1965 to perpetuate the historical significance and folk traditions of fife and drum music, and to foster the spirit of fellowship among fifers and drummers everywhere.
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 with 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, which will also include 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 playing and performance skills, and music-reading ability.
Age and Musical Requirements Camp is open to those who will be 9 years old by the start of camp and includes members of the graduating class of 2018. The maximum age is 18. Campers must have performed with their corps for a full season prior to camp on the instrument they will be studying at camp. If your child has considerable difficulty playing the general audition piece without help, please consider waiting until next year to come to camp. If you have any questions about whether or not your child is ready for camp, please contact our Director, Cap Corduan.