The Mountain Fifes & Drums is a non-profit 501(3)(c) Incorporation formed in 2001. The mission is “to provide music, history, leadership, discipline and responsibility training free of charge to youth ages 10-18.” There are 60 kids in the program. New recruits are selected from our waiting list each October. No musical skills are required to join. Kids are eligible to join following 4th grade graduation, and they are expected to remain in the program until high school graduation. Rehearsals are held every Monday night throughout the year.
The Mountain Fifes & Drums has 9 achievable ranks dispersed into 3 groups: Recruits, Junior Corps and Senior Corps. Ranks are achieved through the successful completion of musical competencies and the consistent demonstration of strict behavioral standards. A point system is used to both recognize accomplishments and identify patterns of poor behavior. Responsibilities are added as the musicians move up in rank.
The Mountain Fifes & Drums provides 25-35 annual public service performances. We were one of three Fife & Drum Corps, nationwide, selected to perform at “America’s 400th Anniversary” held at Jamestown, Virginia, celebrating 400 years since the first permanent English Settlement in the New World. We have received congratulatory letters from our California Governor and First Lady, and our accomplishments have been entered into the official United States Congressional Record.