The Adamsville Ancients Fife and Drum Corps was formed in February of 1988 with a nucleus of ten members, consisting mostly of experienced fife and drum musicians. The name of the corps is derived from the early 1800's village that would later become Delmar, New York. Adamsville was named for one of the original settlers and landowners of the area, Nathaniel Adams.
The Adamsville Ancients made their debut in May of 1988, first in an Altamont, New York parade and then in the Delmar Memorial Day parade, barely three months after the corps' founding. The corps was given a real boost by The Elsmere Fire Company who, sight unseen, contracted the Adamsville Ancients to march in four parades during the summer of 1988. The Elsmere Fire Company continues to be one of the corps' main supporters to this day.
The corps marches in numerous local weekend and holiday parades, mostly during the summer months. These parades consist primarily of community celebrations and volunteer firefighter association parades. The corps has won numerous trophies marching in such parades. The Adamsville Ancients also travel throughout New York and New England to participate in many fife and drum events hosted by other ancient corps. These musters, as they are called, are usually weekend events and are gatherings of many fife and drum corps who come together to share their music with the public and each other. The weekend musters usually provide camping and allow the opportunity to meet and socialize with fifers and drummers from other corps. (Please see our 2007 Schedule for the events we'll be attending this year).
One of the main goals the founding members had in forming the corps was the perpetuation of the ancient fifing and drumming heritage and the spirit of friendship that exists among fellow ancient corps. To this end, the Adamsville Ancients are proud to be a member corps of the Company of Fifers and Drummers, Inc. and have attended over 150 ancient musters hosted by their fellow Company member corps since 1988.
The Adamsville Ancients look back on our brief 18-year history filled
with many memorable events. The corps hosted three successful musters
in Altamont, New York in the early 1990's. Continuing in this tradition,
the corps held its first jam session in 1995 as an event to gather
fellow fife and drum musicians together to renew old friendships, make
new ones and to play the music we all enjoy. We will be hosting our
13th Annual No Foolin' Jam Session on
March 31, 2007.