Colchester Continental Fife and Drum Corps

The Colchester Continental Fife and Drum Corps comes to you from Colchester Connecticut. The Corps formed in the late 1800’s, disband around the time of the second world war and was reformed in 2004 into the group you see here today. The uniforms, consisting of military overalls, dull green waistcoats and haversacks, represent clothing of the late 18th Century.

This non profit group maintains a busy schedule, performing in parades, musters, re-enactments and large events throughout the New England and the east coast. In the 10 years since the Colchester Continentals reorganized, they have traveled to perform in places such as Leesburg VA, Bar Harbor ME, Philadelphia PA and Fort Ticonderoga NY. They have opened for the US Soccer team, performed at Valley Forge and Disney World, and were featured on ABC’s syndicated hit, Extreme Make Over – Home Edition.

Historical Note: You may be wondering about the Steer inked into the calf skin heads of the bass drums. For centuries, Colchester was widely famed as the home town of Revolutionary War hero, Colonel Henry Champion, whom was credited for bringing livestock and rations to Washington’s starving troops at Valley Forge. It is believed that the original Colchester Continentals used the charging steer on their drums to symbolize the strength, courage and perseverance exhibited during Champion’s journey.