Young fifers and drummers, their inspiration at home and away

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By Polina R. Crotty

Marquis of Granby Junior Ancient Fife and Drum corps wants to thank the Hampstead Hill Club for inviting the members of the corps and their families to celebrate the Fourth of July in the club’s relaxing and friendly atmosphere. The Marquis, known to Granby residents for their part in Granby’s Memorial Day parade, delivered a more intimate performance at this holiday gathering, which was followed by the traditional Fourth of July feast, generously provided by Hampstead Hill. The club, located in West Granby, is a local gem that has been offering its members the opportunity to enjoy swimming and relaxing in a natural setting since 1935. The Marquis of Granby was delighted to perform and hopes to do so again in the future. 

The Marquis of Granby went to Bennington, Vermont, to take part in the anniversary celebration of the Battle of Bennington, which occurred on August 16, 1777, and is considered to be the turning point in the Revolutionary War. Besides marching in the annual Bennington Battle Day parade, the Marquis was one of two fife and drum corps invited to do a presentation of music and history at the foot of the Bennington Battle Monument, the second tallest monument in the country, erected 125 years ago to commemorate the decisive battle. The corps members had the opportunity to tour the monument, as well as visit the Bennington Museum and stop at the grave site of the world renowned New England poet, Robert Frost. 
These rich experiences would not be possible without the support the Marquis receives from its community. The members of the corps and their families thank all who support the organization, with special thanks to the Granby Community Fund for its continuing support and to the First Congregational Church for providing the use of its beautiful space for weekly practice and rehearsals.