The Towpath Volunteers have been bringing Our American Heritage to Life for over 40 years. From the humble beginning with a few kids playing only three simple songs and never having practiced a corner before our first parade, the Naples Fireman's Parade in 1978, to becoming one of the Largest, World Traveling, Family Oriented Fife and Drum Corps in the country. In the year 2000, the group adopted the philosophy of fifing and drumming excellence. Within a couple of years, the evidence of our hard work started paying off with the invitation to march in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. The group has continued to grow while keeping it affordable for whole families to march together.
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With the 2020 marching schedule shaping up as a very busy year in early March, the Coronavirus Pandemic has caused many events to cancel due to imposed restrictions and uncertainty if and when gatherings will be allowed again.
Will this be a year without parades? We hope not but will keep our on-line schedule up to date.
How will this effect our hopes of attending the next installment of the World Fife and Drum Festival in Switzerland in 2021, it is a little early to tell. We will continue to work at our craft and being the best fife and drum corps we can be.
The invitation to perform at the European Fife and Drum Festival held in Saint-Tropez, France in September of 2011, was perhaps the greatest single event the corps has ever undertaken. With the Towpath Volunteers in attendance, the festival was able to call itself a World Fife and Drum Festival, and Towpath enjoyed the "Royal Treatment". Before the Volunteers had even left Saint-Tropez, discussion had already begun on bringing the European groups to our home town of Macedon, New York.
The trip to Saint-Tropez opened many doors, to new adventures and life long friendships. After a trip to Ivrea, Italy in March of 2014 at the Historic Carnivale, the Towpath Volunteers were honored to host corps from Italy, Belgium and France in September of 2015 to join us in the 1st World Fife and Drum Festival. The World Fife and Drum Festival continued in 2017 in Belgium and 2019 in Italy. Switzerland will be the home to the festival in 2021.
The Towpath Volunteers prides itself in having a family oriented all-inclusive organization.
Membership: Members come in all ages and all shapes and sizes. Families march together. One does not need to be from Macedon to be part of this group. Members come from throughout Wayne and surrounding counties. No musical or marching experience is required. There is something for everyone! Learn the Fife or Drum, march in the Color Guard, Militia or with the banner.
Local Parades: The Towpath Volunteers march throughout Wayne and surrounding counties performing at local Firemen’s parades and community festivals. Generally, the parade season starts with St. Patrick’s Day and continues through September.
Community Service: Part of what makes the corps special is the involvement in the community. The corps can be seen at nursing homes, scouting and other local events.
Honoring our Veterans: The Military Medley is played whenever possible to honor our veterans.
Sharing our History: Fifing and Drumming is part of our American heritage. The fifes and drums are representative of those used during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. The music and uniforms also represent periods of our history.
Affordable: There is no membership fee to join. All lessons are provided by the corps. Uniforms and other equipment are provided. The only cost to an individual would be the purchase of a beginner fife ($7.00). A member would also need to purchase their own socks and shoes.
Honoring our Country: Towpath is proud to display a full Color Guard by carrying the 50 Star Flag, New York State Flag and the Betsy Ross Flag. The corps had the honor to play at the White House and for President Ronald Reagan.
Other Travel: The corps has also travelled to Disney World Florida, the Gasparilla Parade of Pirates in Tampa, and the Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Other events over the years include fife and drum musters throughout New England.
Volunteer: This group is 100% volunteers. All instructors and leaders volunteer to make this group successful.
The Towpath Volunteers is a family organization open to anyone interested in preserving Our American Heritage. With musical and non musical sections in the corps, a knowledge of music is not required. Lessons and equipment are provided and there is no cost to join. The group does not have an age limit but to march with a fife or a drum with the Corps, the individual is required to have a number of songs memorized and show they can march with the group. The areas available are the Militia, Camp Followers, Color Guard, Fifes and Snare or Bass Drums. The group practices weekly, year round, from 6:30 - 8:00 P.M. Wednesday evenings in the village of Macedon, NY. Please direct any question on joining or hiring the Towpath Volunteers to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Towpath Volunteers Fife and Drum Corps Inc.
PO Box 31 Macedon, New York 14502 * email:Info@TowpathVolunteers.org
©Towpath Volunteers Fife and Drum Corps Inc. 2020