The is the second oldest part of the Towpath Volunteer Fife and Drum Corps.
First used in 1978, as shown in the picture below, reproducing Willard Archibald's painting "The Spirit of '76" in a parade
in Fair Haven, NY. Lessons learned, including the drums overpowering the fifer and lack of ability to perform harmonies, led to Towpath's
change to two fifers and one drummer.
Marching in a Fair Haven, NY parade 1978
Marion Heritage Festival
Birthday Surprise at Macedon, NY Locks
The group has done many different performances over the years, including weddings. funerals,
festivals, dedications, birthday celebrations, golf tournaments and more. The size, although
not overpowering allows them to perform in limited size areas or on the move.
How to join the Towpath Volunteers Spirit of 1776
The Towpath Volunteers Spirit of 1776 is a part of the Towpath Volunteers Fife and Drum Corps Family. Performing
members come from the elite Honor Guard group. The group practices from 6:30 - 7:00 P.M. Wednesday evenings
and often one additional night depending on members' schedules. Please direct any question on joining or
hiring the Towpath Volunteers Spirit of 1776 to: