Now the musical work begins. Fifers learn the fingering, the breathing. Drummers learn the art of holding the sticks and pacing the beats. It’s all technique, coupled with lots and lots of rehearsing.
Instructors – all of whom have been down this same road – work with the recruits to show them what’s expected. They gently push them, all the while encouraging them to push themselves.
The recruits are working toward passing exercises and ultimately, passing musical tests that will solidify their place in the Fife and Drum Corps.
You can take a look inside the rehearsal rooms with this slideshow.