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The Milford Volunteers Ancient Fife and Drum Corps actually began in 1951 as the West Main Street School Fife, Drum and Bugle Corps. Organized by then Principal Stuart Sears as an after school project it became a success. In 1964 the Corps became Ancient and changed to the revolutionary style clothing you see today. Uniforms of hunter green vests, white shirts, off white knickers, black buckled shoes and tricorn hats are fashioned after the clothing worn here during the Revolutionary War Era. Winter uniforms consist of hunter green rifle frocks, white pants and black leggins.

Led by the 1st Milford Militia the corps travels throught New England performing at various parades, musters and ceremonies. They have performed in Plymouth Massachusettes, Yorktown Virginia, Indian Head Maryland, and for the Presidents own fife and drum corps, The 3rd Infantry's Old Gaurd at Fort Myers Virginia. They performed for the Aquatic Olympics in Savannah, Georgia as well as on board the Schooner America and the Italian Schooner. The corps was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York by the National Association of Performing Arts Educators.

Although not a competition corps the group takes great pride in all the trophies they have received in various competition parades. The competition in these parades is great.

Directed by Pattie Deer and Majored by John D'Amico Jr. the corps is comprised of families dedicated to the perpetuation and preservation of the Ancient Art of Fifing and Drumming. Always looking for New Members the corps provides free music lessons, free use of uniforms and equipment at practice and performances, and friendship. Practice is 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm each Tuesday at the rear door of the Fowler Memorial Building.

The corps is an active member of the Company of Fifers and Drummers, Inc and the Milford Association of Patriotic Organizations.


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