Fife Instructors

Kara Loyal

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Kara Loyal started playing fife at age 12, after being inspired by seeing the Ancient Mariners perform in a particularly exciting parade. She joined the Sudbury Ancient Fyfe and Drum Companie, where she was instructed and subsequently encouraged to go to the Junior’s Fife and Drum Camp in 2002. There, as the story is so often told, she met her future husband, Dave, who was a drum student. She joined Connecticut Valley Field Music in 2003, and was inspired to pursue her lifelong dream of joining the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps.

In 2005, Kara won her audition for the Army? Fife and Drum Corps, and has been performing with them (and her husband, who is also a member) for the last 9 years. She has traveled across North America with the Corps, and performs at the White House and around the nation? Capitol. She was also honored to perform in several international military tattoos with the Middlesex County Volunteers. Kara is currently performing with the Connecticut Patriots as well, and, when she can, plays the Swiss Piccolo in the Basel, Switzerland Fasnacht.

Kara is passionate about fife and drum, and has been teaching at the Fife and Drum Camp for the past 4 years. She is excited about teaching new fifers and reuniting with old friends!

 

Chris Lussier

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Chris Lussier has been fifing since 1984, when he learned to play as a member of the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps. His musical background is much more extensive, however, having attended the Berklee College of Music where he refined his writing and arranging skills. During his tour of duty with the U.S. Army, he was selected as a cast member for a special touring production, which showcased songs and music relating to the army and the birth of our nation.

Upon his discharge from the Army, Chris took several teaching positions within the fife and drum world, including The Milford Volunteers, The Westbrook Seniors, and The Hammonaset Junior Fife and Drum Corps. In 1992, he wrote and published "Twenty-five (or so) Tunes to Make Your Face Fall Off," a collection of original music (available through the Company Store).

Chris took a hiatus from fifing in late 1992 in order to pursue other musical interests. He briefly returned to his Jazz and R&B roots, working with several bands and doing session work for various recording projects in southern New England. For ten summers, he helped to organize a musical event / concert in Foster, Rhode Island, to benefit the Robert H. Lenth Scholarship Fund. In 1996, he began a long-standing working relationship with Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI, working first as a musician in various plays, and then as the Properties Artisan in the Production Department, a position he still holds.

In 2005, Chris came back to fife and drum, renewing acquaintances with the Ancient Mariners and Kentish Guards, and is an active member of both groups. Chris produced the Kentish Guards CD, "Then and Now," released in 2009. Still composing, Chris has increased his original music portfolio to nearly 200 tunes and has also worked on new music and arrangements for the Grainfield F&D Corps and the Argovia Rebels, both from Switzerland, as well as for several groups here in the States.

Chris's greatest joy is to pass along his knowledge to young people who want to learn. He is very happy to be a staff member at this year's camp.

 

Karen McGuire

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Karen McGuire is excited to be teaching again this summer at Junior Fife and Drum Camp – her fourth year!

A fifer since the age of six, Karen grew up in a family where drum corps and practice were a daily part of life. Her parents, (Charles and Alvina Riley) were both fifers in the Kirks and founded the Good Shepherd Junior Ancient Fife and Drum Corps in Plainview, Long Island. Her father also taught at Mt. Kisco Fife and Drum Corps “upstate” and she played with this corps too when she was a junior (years ago!).

Now Karen continues the “Ancient” tradition in Colorado, where she is the director of the Mile High Fife and Drum Corps. Once again, fife and drum (and now flute) are a regular part of life. Mile High performs both American colonial and civil war music – and in the past year joined forces with the 79th Highlanders bringing the sound of fifes, drums and bagpipes to parades.

Members of Mile High have attended DRAM in years past, but this is the first year two will be attending JRFDC!! Karen also plays with the Monumental City Ancients in Baltimore and Washington City Fife and Drum Corps as her schedule permits. Karen rarely travels without her fife – ask her about it sometime. Music has been and continues to be a passport to great music, fun and friends.

 

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.

 

Peter Mason

Snare Drum Instructor

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Past member of Col John Chester, Portland Fife and Drum Corps, and a few others.

Taught by Brendan Mason, David Fontaine, Tim Cecil, and Mike Gagnon. Currently playing with Connecticut Patriots, Americlique, and Deep River Srs. Studying in school to become a Pastry Chef. Currently obtaining a Culinary Arts certificate.

Been a past member of the Junior camp since it started and now as an instructor.

 

Scott Mitchell

Snare Drum Instructor

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Scott Mitchell has been drumming for over 30 years, starting with the Sudbury Ancient Fife & Drum Company and playing with a variety of historical reenactment groups throughout the bicentennial. In 1981 Scott began playing with a loose organization of players that would ultimately develop into the Middlesex County Volunteers. He was drum sergeant and primary drum arranger for MCV from the age of 15 until he left the corps in 1990. In addition to those organizations, Scott has also played with Fife in the Fast Lane, the Ancient Mariners, and the Sons of the Whiskey Rebellion. He currently arranges and performs with the Grand Republic Fife and Drum Corps, a corps that he co-directs with John Benoit.

Scott has performed extensively in the USA and abroad with appearances in every state from Maine to Virginia on the East Coast, and throughout the Midwest and South of the US. He has performed in France in 1983 with the Regt. d’Saintonge (a French reenactment group), Switzerland in 1998 with the Ancient Mariners, and his most recent overseas appearance was with the Middlesex County Volunteers at the 2007 Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland.

Scott is a prolific drum arranger whose work has been performed and recorded by a number of fife and drum organizations: Middlesex County Volunteers, Bluff Point Quahog Diggers Band, Kentish Guards, River Valley Colonials, and the Ancient Mariners. He has co-authored two books of musical arrangements: "Retrospective" with John Benoit, and "Fife Alive" with John Ciaglia. His arrangements have been published in Volume III and Volume IV of the "Company Book". He has instructed the Middlesex County Volunteers and the Kentish Guards, and has taught numerous master classes and clinics, including the very first Company of Fifers and Drummers Camp and Freezer Jam.

Scott is a prolific drum arranger whose work has been performed and recorded by a number of fife and drum organizations: Middlesex County Volunteers, Bluff Point Quahog Diggers Band, Kentish Guards, River Valley Colonials, and the Ancient Mariners. He has co-authored two books of musical arrangements: "Retrospective" with John Benoit, and "Fife Alive" with John Ciaglia. His arrangements have been published in Volume III and Volume IV of the "Company Book". He has instructed the Middlesex County Volunteers and the Kentish Guards, and has taught numerous master classes and clinics, including the very first Company of Fifers and Drummers Camp and Freezer Jam.

While Scott’s musical influences range from historically accurate field music to the contemporary he has been most heavily influenced by the "Ancient Easy" style he learned by playing with the field drumming masters Ken Lemley, Freddie Bruder, Bobby and Dennis McGowan, Matt Lyons, and especially Ed Classey Jr.

Scott’s playing can best be heard on the following recordings: "The Banks of Allan Water" (Middlesex County Volunteers), "The Road to Folly" (John Benoit, John Ciaglia, Xenia Fünfschilling and Scott Mitchell), and "The Twist of Distinction - Fife Alive" (Xenia Fünfschilling, Kevin Klapka, Scott Mitchell).

 

Mark Reilly

Snare Drum Instructor

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Mark Reilly, a senior instrumentalist with The 3d US Infantry Regiment "The Old Guard" Fife and Drum Corps from Ft. Myer, VA, serves as the corps’ Production Staff Percussion Arranger. 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 still an active performer, arranger, clinician, and instructor in the Northern Virginia area. Mark is an Innovative Percussion Performing Artist, Member of the Percussive Arts Society's Marching Percussion Committe, and is a consultant for the Top Secret Drum Corps from Basel Switzerland.

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.