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Thunder in the Valley in Moodus

Ancient Muster this weekend October 14 and 15.

The Moodus Ancient Muster will be held this weekend at the old Grange property in East Haddam. 

The schedule for the weekend is:

  • Friday - 3:00 PM to Midnight. Moodus Drum & Fife will be on the field to welcome their guests with a night of jamming and friendship. There will be no formal tattoo. 
  • Saturday - 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. the shuttle to Chestelm Rehabilitation Center begins.
  • Saturday - 12:00 p.m. the parade steps off and concludes at the old Grange property. Muster to follow immediately. A muster dinner with be served to all participating corps with a limited number of tickets available for sale to the public.

Following the muster, corps and spectators are welcome to enjoy the remainder of the day relaxing by the fire while enjoying the East Haddam fall foliage.

Using GPS? Set your destination for: 488 Town Street 
East Haddam, Connecticut, 06423

The origins of the Moodus Drum & Fife Corps date back to 1821 when Hezekiah Percival learned to drum from Samuel Wilcox of Middletown, Connecticut. The open stick "ancient" style of drumming, a hallmark of the Moodus Corps, has been reverently handed down from those ancient times to the present. When combined with the early 1800's Eli Brown drums, which are still used by the corps, this style creates a truly unique sound.

The corps strives to maintain a tempo that is considerably slower than that used by most corps today, which is representative of the values instilled by the cadre of Moodus drummers that have gone before. It is this magical sound that has brought the Moodus Drum & Fife Corps a long and honored history of playing before several U.S. presidents, numerous commemorative events, and musters from Maine to Michigan.

Information obtained from the Moodus Drum & Fife Corps website.

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