Gabe Bacewicz - Lead Snare
Gabe Bacewicz started Fife and Drum with the Junior Colonials of Westbrook CT when he was 8 years old. There, he was taught the rudimental snare drum by Sean Egan and Jim Clark. He was a member of The Junior Colonials for 10 years and attended the company camp almost every year.
In 2013, Gabe began studying classical percussion at Western Connecticut State University with David Smith. That year, he started teaching at Junior Camp, first as an intern and later as a full instructor. During this time, he also taught the Bethel High School and Cheshire High School marching percussion sections.
In 2016, Gabe won the snare drum audition at the United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, where he currently serves in Arlington, VA. In addition, Gabe has performed with Connecticut Patriots and the Bristol County Fifes and Drums. He is deeply passionate about the history of Fife and Drum, as well as the future that he and this generation of young musicians will write together.
Erin Ernst - Lead Fife
Erin Ernst is a native of Succasunna, New Jersey. Her initial interest in fife and drum arose from Civil War Reenacting. Erin began playing fife at age 9 with the Colonial Musketeers Junior Ancient Fife and Drum Corps of Hackettstown, NJ. Erin was a Northeastern Fife Solo Champion from 2008-2010, a Duet Champion in 2008 and 2010, and a Main Stand Champion from 2006-2010. She led the Corps to their victory in 2010 as the Fife Sergeant.
She has performed in the 2010 Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Sydney, Australia, the 2012 Basel Tattoo in Switzerland, and the 2018 Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Edinburgh, Scotland with the Middlesex County Volunteers Fife and Drum Corps. She attended Quinnipiac University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Neuroscience. Erin has been an active member of the Grand Republic Fife and Drum Corps since 2013.
In 2015, Erin won the audition for the The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps where she currently performs as a Fife Musician. Erin has had the opportunity to perform in several White House Arrival Ceremonies, the 2017 Presidential Inauguration Parade, the Basel Tattoo, the Norwegian Military Tattoo, the Invictus Games, and many other notable performances. Her other Corps duties include Public Affairs Officer, Auditions Coordinator and the leader of the United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps Fife Ensemble. Staff Sgt. Ernst is also a teacher at the Junior Ancient Fife and Drum Camp hosted each summer in Ivoryton, CT, and serves on the main board of instructors to help arrange the camp.