Calendar of Events 2017

Our Instruments

The fifers in the Loyalist Fifes and Drums are playing on what are called, "Model F" fifes. The drummers of the Loyalist Fifes and Drums play on side-slung, rope-tension tenor snare drums.
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New Year Approaches

At is hard to believe that the new year is already here. Even harder to believe is the fact that we are just five practices away from the start of our performance season.
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Practice - Practice Practice Practice

Over the next few months you are going to be learning a to play an instrument and march at the same tiem. The best way to learn an instrument in a short period of time is to practice regularly.

When you do something for the first time your mind thinks of what it is you want to do, it sends the message to the part of the body that needs to do it and then your body acts out the message. If every time you want to play a song you needed to go through that process, it would take forever to play each note. You need to train your body so that it acts out of instinct. The only way to achieve this is through regular practice.

Set your fife or drum pad somewhere that is convenient and make a point of picking it up frequently. Take a break from homework by playing a few tunes, or practice for a few minutes when you get home from school.

A good practice session includes:

1. (5 minutes) warm up with a basic exercise 2. (5 minutes) work on a tough section of a piece you are working on. 3. (10 minutes) run through pieces you know and a few you are working on. 4. (2 minutes) Cool down with a fun piece.

The only person who can truly determine your success is yourself. If you practice regularly, you will be amazed at how quickly you progress.