Thunder in the Valley Ancient Drum and Fife Muster Gallery

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Experience the sounds of the Thunder in the Valley Ancient Drum and Fife Muster (aka Moodus Ancient Muster) in October at the old Grange property in East Haddam, Connecticut. The Moodus Drum and Fife Corps hosts the Thunder in the Valley Ancient Drum & Fife Muster annually on the third Saturday in October. More than 20 ancient fife and drum corps will parade to the East Haddam Town Hall & Grange, followed by an afternoon of field performances by each group. It’s a privilege to share the tradition of the ancient spirit with our neighbors!

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Moodus Drum and Fife Corps

The Moodus Drum and Fife Corps, America’s oldest drum corps, formed in 1821 in Moodus, CT, when a young man named Hezekiah Percival taught several men in his community the drum lessons he himself had recently learned. Despite an ebb in interest in martial music in antebellum America, the Corps’ popularity rose and they performed at town festivals and celebrations throughout the region; when the Civil War broke out, the group’s notoriety further increased. They traveled and performed up and down the east coast, new fife and drum corps springing up in their wake.

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The Corps instruments are nearly as legendary as the group itself: many of the original Eli Brown drums, which date back to the early 1800s, are still in use; drums are handed down to new generations of drummers, and the Corps proudly drums in the “old-style” that Percival imparted to the first members of the group. And while Ferrary fifes are