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Marlborough Jr. Ancient Fife & Drum Corps Membership Information

Might be interested in Joining? Stop by a rehearsal or fill out the below interest form to learn more.

We meet 6:30–8:00pm every Tuesday at Elmer Thienes-Mary Hall Elementary School in Marlborough, CT.  Click here for directions. 

  • Do I need to know how to play an instrument?
    No. Our instructors work with you from week to week to teach you all you need to know in terms of music theory and practice.
  • What instruments are available?
    We teach members to play the fife, the snare drum, or the bass drum. If none of these are appealing, you can sign on as a Permanent Color Guard as well. Permanent Color Guards may take up an instrument at any time.
  • Are practices mandatory?
    Attendance at all practices are not mandatory, but are encouraged. Since our performance schedule changes, we ask our members to attend as many practices as possible. This way our members are better prepared for the performances ahead.
  • I am involved in another activity. Will this be a problem?
    We do ask for dedicated members but we are willing to work around most seasonal activities. Since most of our performances are held in the summer, we ask that members be available during the summer months. However, we do maintain that school is first and foremost.
  • What is the performance schedule like?
    We participate in roughly 20-25 performances per year. Some are out of state, some are parades, others are just for fun amongst our fellow fife & drum corps. We visit many historical sights, and engage in community service to give back.
  • How much is membership?
    Dues are currently $40.00 per year for a single member, and $30.00 each for two or more in same family.
  • What does my membership include?
    Your dues will get you the following: • Practice fife or practice drum pad and sticks • Uniform (vest, pants, shirt, 1 pair of socks, and hat) • Instrument (upon learning the required tunes)
  • Do I need to buy anything?
    The only item members need to purchase upon joining our ranks is a pair of comfortable black shoes with black laces. Please no sneakers. Down the road you may need to replace your uniform socks. However, they are only $5.00 a pair. Everything else is included in your dues.
  • Do I need any marching or music experience?
    No. Whether you prefer to learn fife, snare drum, bass drum, or simply march in our Color Guard, we will provide you with all the instruction you need. Absolutely no experience is needed.
  • How much parent involvement is expected?
    We do ask our parents to volunteer to drive members to performances. We also ask for rotating parent support at events to ensure a safe fun time.
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