2019 Camp Theme - a Letter from our Director, Cap Corduan
Growing up in drum corps, I never paid attention to who wrote the tune I was playing. I assumed it had been written during either the Revolutionary or Civil War eras because after all, that’s when fifes and drums were played. At least that is how I connected my knowledge of the music I was playing.
You can imagine my astonishment when I was introduced to the man who had written my favorite tune. There I stood eye-to-eye with him; I was 12 at the time, so the man wasn’t that tall. We talked a short time and then went about our respective muster responsibilities. Over the years, when we crossed paths on the muster field, he always had time to chat with me. Of course I always made sure to watch his corps when they were on stand.
As the years passed, we became good friends and our admiration for each other grew. We shared ideas about music and exchanged stories. He had some good stories! He gave me advice and there was always a great deal of laughter.
When he passed, there was a huge hole in our drum corps community, and I lost a “grandfather” and a friend. He meant so much to so many people, yet the gift of his music keeps his memory alive. I’m sure that we all have our favorite tune of his that conjures up a memory and brings a smile to our faces. It is with great pleasure that I announce that The Company of Fifers & Drummers Junior Camp 2019 will be performing the music of Mr. Roy Watrous. I know that when 100 kids march on the field playing his music, he will be looking down on them with a huge smile on his face.