Fife Instructors

Bill Hart (Ensemble fifers)

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This is Bill's eighth time teaching at the camp. Bill began fifing in 1969, when his father joined the Colonial Navy of Mass. His first corps was Barton's Raider's of Tiverton, RI.

He has been a member of the Independent Light Dragoons, Colonial Navy, the CT Blues, The CT Rebel's, and the Sailing Masters and is a founding member and director of Ameri-Clique.

He has taught several junior and senior corps, and is currently the instructor for Deep River, Westbrook and the Bluff Point Quahog Diggers Band. His arrangements have been played by numerous fife and drum corps, including the CT Blues, CT Patriots, CT Rebels and Black River Fife and Drum.

He has published two collections of fife arrangements and an exercise book for fifers. He recorded the Company Book II,the Watrous Book and the Sons of LIberty Book for the Company of Fifers and Drummers. He has won individual, duet and quartet medals in CT and Northeastern competition. With Tishka Musco, he created the ensemble the Muster Bunch and recorded the CD "Planxty Pauline". He created the ensemble the Madison Street Project and produced the CD "The Last Hour". He has produced three CD's of electronic music.

Obviously, Bill hates kids!

Erin Ernst

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Bio Coming Soon!!

Candy Gustamachio

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Candy Guastamachio took an unusual route to the world of fife & drum.

She's a flute player with a degree in music and she taught for 3 junior corps (from the late 70s to the early 90s) before ever joining a corps herself. In 1994, her family joined the Nathan Hale Ancient Fifes & Drums.

She (and her daughter, Jess) can now be found wearing the uniforms of Nathan Hale, Connecticut Valley Field Music, and the Bluff Point Quahogs. Candy also teaches for the Marquis of Granby and is a high school band director in East Hartford, Connecticut where she's very proud of her 160 member marching band!

Karen McGuire

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Karen McGuire grew up in a New York fife and drum family and was given her first fife at the age of six.

The competitive junior corps her parents started on Long Island, Good Shepherd, played much of the same music as the Charles T. Kirk Corps with whom they both had played. Karen brought her fife with her to Colorado - where she now still lives - and has stayed active in fife and drum as the founder and principal musician of the Mile High Fife and Drum Corps based in Denver.

This will be Karen’s fifth year teaching at JRFDC – and she is thrilled to be back! Having taken up the flute fairly recently, Karen can relate to the challenges of new music, fingerings and rhythms, and is excited to help her fife students master the camp music - as they always do.

Karen’s Theme: Music brings us all together.

Josh Robbins (intern)

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Joshua started playing the fife in 2004, at the age of eight, with the Voyageur Ancient Fife and Drum Corps of Lafayette, Indiana.

While a member of the Voyageurs, he became the Fife Sergeant and shortly after, the Drum Major for the corps. In 2013, he joined the Theatiki Fife and Drum Corps of Bourbonnais, Illinois and performs with them while in the Midwest. He was a camper for three years from 2012-2014 in the ensemble at camp and became a Fife Intern at camp starting in 2015. While adventuring in New England in 2014, he started playing with the Bluff Point Quahog Diggers Band.

Josh has been teaching young fifers since the age of 15 in his junior corps and continues to work with members of his current corps and beyond to further the tradition of fifing and drumming.

The Theatiki repertoire currently has one tune that he wrote and he continues to arrange and write music for the corps. Josh also has been playing the flute for ten years and was a section leader and soloist in groups during high school. He is currently working towards a Bachelor’s Degree, and wants to go to Optometry School afterward.


Bass Drum Instructors

Don Mason

Bass Drum Instructor

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Don began playing bass drum in the Connecticut Yanks Drum Corps in 1965 and played with the Corps until it disbanded in 1976. After attending College, Don joined the Connecticut Patriots Sr. Fife and Drum Corps, where he has played since 1980. Don has competed for many years in individuals, duets and quartets, as well as with the Corps.

Don’s family has long been active in drum corps; he met his wife Patricia in the Ct. Patriots and their children, Brendan, Colin, Peter and Maureen have all participated in the Fife and Drum Camp and are currently in the Connecticut Patriots.

Don joined the Connecticut Valley Field Music Corps where he plays a bass drum that is more than 100 years old. Don teachers Bass drum in the Patriots, the Middlesex County Volunteers from the Boston area and the Col. John Fife and Drum Corps from Wethersfield, CT. He is a past president of the Connecticut Fifer’s and Drummer’s Association and has taught the bass drum section at the Fife and Drum Camp for many years.

Aarin Brown

Bass Drum Instructor

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Aarin Brown started playing drums at the age of six. He started playing the snare drum with his first corps, the Junior Colonials Fife and Drum Corps. Later in his career at the age of 15, he made the jump to bass drum.

After aging out of his junior corps, he joined the Ancient Mariners Fife and Drum Corps where he continues to play today.

Aarin started going to camp as a young child and after he aged out of camp, he became an intern instructor.

Shawn Meade

Bass Drum Instructor Intern

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Bio Coming Soon!!


Snare Drum Instructors

Mark Reilly (Ensemble snares)

Snare Drum Instructor

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Mark Reilly, a senior musician with The 3d US Infantry Regiment "The Old Guard" Fife and Drum Corps from Ft. Myer, VA, serves as the corps’ Drum Group Leader. He is a student of Mr. Nick Attanasio of the famed Son’s of Liberty Fife and Drum Corps from Brooklyn, NY. Mark is a three time Northeastern States Drum Corps Association individual snare drum champion and has also placed as 1st Runner Up in the 2002 PASIC Marching Festival College Level Snare Drum Competition.

While earning his bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Northwestern State University in 2002 he studied percussion extensively under Mr. Ken Green. In addition to serving as percussion section leader for The Spirit of Northwestern Demon Marching Band, Mark has also performed with NSU’s Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, and served as president of the Gamma Rho chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinphonia. He is also scheduled to complete his Masters Degree in Music Education from Boston University in May of 2016.

Mark is an active speaker, performer, arranger, clinician, and educator across the world. During his most recent trip to the United Kingdom Mark presented clinics and conducted workshops for Her Majesty's Royal Marine Corps of Drums, the Coldstream Guards, and the Royal College of Music. His musical travels have also brought him across the U.S. and to France, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Australia, and Canada. Mark is an Innovative Percussion, Mapex Drums, Majestic Percussion, and Remo Performing Artist. Mark also serves as chairman for the Percussive Arts Society's Marching Percussion Committee, and is a consultant for the Top Secret Drum Corps from Basel Switzerland.

Gabe Bacewicz

Snare Drum Instructor

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Bio Coming Soon!!

Cliff Barrows

Snare Drum Instructor

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Cliff Barrows started in fife and drum in 1969 with the Junior Colonials of Westbrook CT as a fifer, and later switched to snare drum. In 1976 he joined the Deep River Juniors where he started competing in individual, duet and quartet contests.

He has been a member of the Connecticut Blues Fife and Drum Corps since 1979 and has written a number of the drum charts for the Corps. Cliff’s drum instructor through his junior fife and drum years was Ken Lemley, and he later took private lessons from Jim Clark. Instructors for the Connecticut Blues were Paul Cormier and Dan Mullen, who also provided valuable drumming guidance.

Cliff has won numerous Connecticut, Massachusetts, Hudson Valley and Northeastern Championships. In 2005, Cliff, along with Don, Brendan, and Colin Mason won the percussion ensemble category at the DCA World Championships. He still plays with the Connecticut Blues with his wife, Judy, Daughter and Son-in-law Jess and Josh Salazar, and when he is on the east coast, son, Peter Barrows.

Cliff enjoys helping out at the Fife and Drum camp and feels it is a very rewarding and enjoyable way to perpetuate the fife and drum tradition.

Marty Bryan

Snare Drum Instructor

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Bio Coming Soon!!

Sam Bryan

Snare Drum Instructor

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Bio Coming Soon!!

Peter Mason

Snare Drum Instructor

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Peter is a past member of Col John Chester, Portland Fife and Drum Corps, and a few other corps. He was taught by Brendan Mason, David Fontaine, Tim Cecil, and Mike Gagnon.

He currently plays with Connecticut Patriots, Americlique, and Deep River Srs. He is studying in school to become a Pastry Chef and currently obtaining a Culinary Arts certificate.

Peter has been a past member of the Junior camp since it started and now as an instructor. His most recent adventures include living in Basel for the past two months and playing with Märtplatz Clique for Fasnacht!

Chris Meade

Snare Drum Instructor Intern

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Chris Meade has been playing the drums since a very young age and was introduced to the fife and drum world in the 4th grade. He started out playing with the Colonel John Chester Fife and Drum Corps in Wethersfield, CT. After his junior corps days, he joined the Connecticut Blues Fife and Drum Corps of Middletown, CT.

Chris has attended the Junior Camp for the past several years and this is his first year teaching at the camp. Aside from his many fife and drum endeavors, Chris has also played in two Drum Corps International groups, including the Fusion Drum and Bugle Corps of Morristown, NJ and the 7th Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps of New London, CT while in high school.

Chris is currently looking to study music education and teaching drummers for as long as he can.


Drum Major Instructors

Mark Logsdon

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Mark Logsdon has been director of the renowned 1st Michigan Colonial Fife and Drum Corps since he and his late wife, Mary, founded the group in 1974. He has had a long association with the award-winning Stevenson High School Marching Band Drum Line and is currently senior drum instructor there. As a private instructor, Mr. Logsdon has as many as 60 students per week. His students are consistent award winners and several have gone on to pursue professional careers. He holds the distinction of having had former students play with every major Michigan university marching band, The Old Guard (U.S. Army) Fife and Drum Corps, and many other out-of-state colleges and universities.

Mark began playing professionally in 1961. His "Top 40" band was one of the top five bands in the metro-Detroit area until it was disbanded in 1981. Mark has toured in the UK, Canada and many states, including 25 consecutive tours of the Boston area during Patriot's Day festivities in April. With experience producing and recording, Mr. Logsdon has worked on movie sound tracks, commercials and CD projects. In fact, the 1st Michigan's fourth recording is scheduled for release this year.

Mr. Logsdon is currently a member of the board of directors of the Company of Fifers and Drummers and helped found the Michigan Music Association in 1972. He regularly serves as advisor, consultant and clinician for bands, fife and drums corps and instrument manufacturers on a national and international basis.