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BSA Venture Crew 1861 Civil War Fife & Drum Corps

Boys and Girls, ages 11-through 20, can participate in the flagship of GBPA’s scouting program—the Fife and Drum Corps.

Formed in 2004 as the Boy Scout Troop 53 Fife & Drum Corps (FDC) of Maytown PA, later as Venture Crew 53, the group has recently been rechartered as Venture Crew 1861 of Gettysburg. The FDC began reenacting at the 145th Anniversary of First Bull Run in 2006 and continues to participate in numerous living history events, battle reenactments, veterans' ceremonies, scouting events, community festivals and parades. They portray the Field Music, 1st Pennsylvania Reserve Volunteer Corps and occasionally portray the Confederate musicians of Johnson’s Division ANV. They were featured in the August 2007 issue of Boys’ Life magazine participating in Gettysburg’s Remembrance Day ceremonies. The FDC performed for the 2009 rededication of the Lincoln Memorial in Wash. D.C. and Pennsylvania’s kick-off for the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War in the State Capitol in 2011. In addition to playing fife, drum or bugle on the battlefield or in parade, some members also perform camp music on strings, tin flutes and drums. The group also fields a Civil War color guard.

Venture Crew 1861/1st PRVC is a unit member of the 1st Regiment, United States Volunteers (USV) and the Pennsylvania Reserve Battalion - Civil War reenactment organizations that provide for event organization and safety 

The Fife and Drum Corps (FDC) has an extensive musical performance and Civil War reenactment schedule that takes members from playing for visitors at the Gettysburg National Military Park, to battle reenactments in Virginia. Practices have been held in Maytown, PA or at the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg. While it is a busy schedule, not all FDC members attend all events. A tentative schedule of events is posted at The FDC was featured in the August 2007 issue of Boys’ Life magazine participating in Gettysburg’s Remembrance Day Ceremonies, performed at the 2009 rededication of the Lincoln Memorial in Wash. D.C. and opened Pennsylvania’s kick–off of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War in the State Capitol in Harrisburg. 

Membership, Instruments, Uniforms, Etc.:
Current members hail from all over Pennsylvania and Maryland. Venturers (aged 13-20) may also take advantage of BSA High Adventure regional and national opportunities. Musical instruments, Civil War uniforms and equipment are provided by the FDC although some members own their own. The Corps also provides group instruction in fife, drum or bugle, and participate in special instructional events. Members also have participated in events such as the National Civil War Field Music School in Lambertville N.J. As a practical matter, drummers have some outside background in rudimentary (snare) drumming; fifers have a music background in another instrument and are trained to the fife by the corps; buglers begin as accomplished trumpet players. 

Musicians/Scouts do not have to be Venture Crew age to participate in the Fife & Drum Corps. Boys and girls age 11 through 20 are accepted. FDC members pay dues and event fees to cover operating costs; uniform, instruments and equipment are provided by the Crew and its supporters. 

Join us in this unique scouting adventure!

Join our Civil War musicians through any of these groups. Ages 11-20 accepted.

BSA Venture Crew 1861
Open to all youth 14 -20 years of age, 
(or 13 yrs of age and completed the eighth grade)

Any Boy Scout Troop
Scouts participate while maintaining their Troop affiliation. 

Others please contact us!
Youth aged 11-20, or adults, interested in Civil War music and reenactment, contact us! 

For more information visit our web pages or contact:

Michael Cassidy
Venture Crew 1861 Advisor
P.O. Box 63, Maytown, PA 17550

Ph. 717-426-3941 Cell# 717-368-1235

Facebook: “Civil War Field Music 1st PRVC”


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