Junior Corps Memorial Day Parades
Junior Fife and Drum Camp open to Public!
The plans are under way to hold the Junior Fife and Drum camp in August of this year. The camp was not held last year due to scheduling of
instructors so planning has started early this year. Current plans are to have camp from 9:00 am - 12:00 noon, Monday - Thursday. Several
locations have been suggested and are under consideration.
The program was so successful in previous years that the group feels it could be expanded to include non Towpath members attending to allow
them the opportunity to have lessons on a drum or a fife and see if they would be interested in becoming a member. The Towpath Volunteers
will supply the fifes or drum sticks, music and the teachers for the event. The campers will have individual and group lessons
on the instrument they choose and then all campers come together to play together. By adding some time for marching, it will give the campers a taste
of what the Towpath Volunteers do. Camp spaces are limited and Towpath members will have first option before spaces are advertised.
Additional details, schedules and how to enroll will be announced soon!
Junior Corps History
The Towpath Volunteers Junior Corps has seen many great years and many years not so great. In reality, the Junior Corps place is to
prepare members for the transition to the Senior Corps as quickly as possible. In such, a large group at the beginning of any marching
season should become smaller as the year progresses. In turn, this gives the leadership roles in the group to the weaker members
and thus gives these members the opportunity to build confidence as leaders. As sad as it is not to have a Junior Group at times,
the lack of one shows us that the idea behind this group is working. This is not to say we haven't had members in the group for
multiple years, especially the youngest members who would have trouble marching with the seniors. Other reasons include, members
learning a second (or third) instrument, additional parades used to perform and gain confidence in playing, or members that
prefer to perform with the Juniors as it is low key and no pressure.
The other notion that needs to be addressed is the age perception of each group. While the Senior Corps is comprised
mostly from adults, we have many talented youngster marching and performing with them. This is true for the juniors as well.
The membership is not determined by age, but by ability and confidence. The junior corps has, at times, had as many adults
How to join the Junior Corps
The Towpath Volunteers Junior Corps is a part of the Towpath Volunteers Fife and Drum Corps Family. It is
designed to give new members or members learning a different instrument an opportunity to perform before meeting
all of the qualifications required to participate with the Senior Corps. The members have lessons and group
practices from 6:30 - 800 P.M. Wednesday evenings. Please direct any question on joining or hiring the
Towpath Volunteers Junior Corps to: