Two weeks ago, July 21st, we performed at the Deep River Ancient Muster in Deep River, Connecticut. This muster has been going since about the 1950s and is the largest fife and drum muster in America. This year attendance was a little down and there were 55-60 corps. They were largely from the north-east, although we were glad to see the midwest represented by the Tippecanoe Ancient Fife and Drum Corps.
Even though John woke up sick in the morning, the fresh air and exercise revived him and we had a great performance in the parade and later on the muster field. Regrettably we don't have a video of our performance on the field where we played a medley of Molly on the Shore/Mason's Apron/Corn Cob Clog/Gilderoy Reel and marched out to Duke of York's March (Short Troop). We won the award for "Farthest Traveled" and the "Victor D. Malcarne Perpetual Challenge Bowl." We want to thank the Connecticut Valley Field Music for letting us sit under their tent during the muster performances and the Moodus Drum and Fife Corps for providing us with lunch and dinner. Here are some pictures from the event:
Getting ready to march
At the beginning of the parade
Here is a video someone put together of nearly all the corps in the parade. The person got many of the labels right, although not all. We are at 14:11 or so (we were 44 out of 55).
Talking to Cap right before we went on to the field
After our performance with the awards
On our way back (yes we drove) we stopped at our old stomping grounds of St. Charles, MO and played a little bit (at about 104 degrees).