Each year, one fife and drum corps in the state is selected to host a National Muster, where corps from various states, even other countries, come together to play.
This year, Stony Creek Fife & Drum Corps of Branford played host to the muster, which ran from Aug. 19 to 21. Lancraft Fife & Drum Corps from North Haven was among the participants at the gathering.
“Over 30 fife and drum corps from all over performed in this historic event,” said Kenny Avery, vice president of the Stony Creek Fife & Drum Corps. “One of the featured bands this year was the St. Mary’s Prize Band of Limerick, Ireland.”
Last Saturday, a grand parade took place, where the corps marched to Branford’s Hammer Field.
Over the three-day muster, some attendees camped out on Hammer Field, while others opted for hotel accommodations.
Many of these fife and drum corps started up in the late 1800s. And they’re still going strong.