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Yay Yalesville: Record Journal

December 26th, 2019 | News | Comments Off on Yay Yalesville: Record Journal

I enjoyed your recent article highlighting the Yalesville section of Wallingford.  But this portion of our hometown also includes one more unique organization that continues to prosper, and is worthy of recognition.  Many people across both the town and the state can identify the locations of Yalesville as the home of the Yalesville Fife and Drum Corps.

The original Yalesville Fife and Drum Corps was organized in 1883, originally as a modern corps.  The group thrived for many years as a senior ancient corps, from 1903 to 1961, and as a junior corps for over 30 years in the 60s, 70s, and 80s.  The current Yalesville Senior Corps was re-organized by several junior alumni in 1975.  This still active group celebrated the 100th anniversary of Yalesville Ancients in 2017! 

Many residents of Wallingford and Yalesville have performed over the years with the drum corps, and won numerous awards in playing and corps marching and appearances.  Yalesville’s traditional songs of the Revolutionary and Civil War periods can still be heard echoing through the village on Friday rehearsal nights.

Yalesville Fife and Drum performs in parades and events from April through OCtober annually.  We proudly participate in the Monsonicare Grand Master’s day each year, and will carry on the tradition of marching in the upcoming 350th anniversary parade in Wallingford on June 20, much the same as we did as juniors in the town’s 300th anniversary parade.

Yay Yalesville!


-Bernie Lindauer, director, Berlin

Calling all Former Members of Yalesville Seniors!

July 31st, 2017 | News | Comments Off on Calling all Former Members of Yalesville Seniors!

Colonial Williamsburg May 2017

Colonial Williamsburg May 2017

This year marks the 100th anniversary of a Senior Ancient Drum Corps from Yalesville, Ct. (The Corps was not ancient, and also was not active, for two periods of time in their history).

As part of our celebration, Yalesville will be the feature corps at the Westbrook Muster on Saturday, August 26th, 2017.

All former members of the Yalesville Senior corps are invited to join Yalesville on the field at the end of our performance, approximately #12. We will play “Jaybird” together and march off the field during the second time through. You are welcome to wear street clothes or the uniform of your current corps.

Participants must have been a former Yalesville Senior member: fifers, drummers, color guard, majors, instructors.
Come help us celebrate this important milestone!

In the spirit,
Yalesville Senior Ancient Fife and Drum

Reunion 2000 – June 3, 2000

May 30th, 2012 | News | Comments Off on Reunion 2000 – June 3, 2000

On June 2nd and 3rd, 2000, the Yalesville Senior Ancient Fife and Drum Corps and more than 40 alumni of both the senior corps and well renowned Yalesville Juniors participated in Wallingford’s Jubilee 2000 parade. Former members came home to Wallingford, Connecticut from such places as Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina and New Mexico. All for a chance to relive a few moments from the past, renew old friendships and even to make some new ones. Many of the alumni brought their spouses and families for the chance to show off their talent and to give them the opportunity to see how they spent their earlier days. It seemed that, at every turn of a corner along the route, there was a familiar face cheering us on. You could feel the excitement and sense of pride – not only in those of us marching, but in all those who had supported us during our early drum corps days, and who now came to watch us, sixty strong, as we proudly marched in Yalesville’s hometown of Wallingford.

We started our reunion with a rehearsal on June 2nd at the Yalesville VFW (a long time practice site for our corps). After separate section practice, the reunion corps practiced together. It was an emotional experience for many. To appreciate the sense of emotion, we witnessed Eleanor Borek, fife instructor of the Yalesville Juniors for thirty-three years break down in tears, overwhelmed with pride and honored at how well the corps was playing together. Doug Quigley, fifer and son of well-respected drummer and drum instructor, the late Hugh Quigley, wrote in a letter after the reunion, “…There was another moment that moved me. At the Friday night rehearsal when the drummers joined the fifers, they sounded just like my dad’s drumming. The power, the sharpness, and the clean execution so much like Hugh. It was as if he was communicating to us all through those drums. I fifed very little of the first two songs. Through the sounds of those drums, I felt very close to my father in a way I never have since he left us. I thank you for making that moment possible…”

The late Hugh Quigley taught the Yalesville Junior corps from 1968 until 1988 when the junior corps disbanded. Eleanor and Hugh also instructed the senior corps for a period of time.

Under the instruction of Eleanor Borek and Hugh Quigley, the Yalesville Juniors garnered the Connecticut Junior Ancient State Championship nineteen times between the years 1961 and 1985, often competing against ten or more junior ancient corps. The Yalesville Juniors then went on to capture fourteen Northeastern Championships competing against champion junior ancients from other area associations. Having won it seven times, the corps earned the honor of keeping a St. Francis trophy, a perpetual trophy awarded to the senior or junior drum corps with the highest playing and appearance mark of the day at the Connecticut Fifers and Drummers Association Annual Convention. The junior corps, although no longer in existence, continues to hold the record for first place wins in the Junior Ancient class according to records published in the Northeast Drum Corps News. The corps had also earned the distinction of being one of the premier championship corps of the Connecticut Fifers and Drummers Association.

Although the alumni who returned on June 2nd and 3rd, 2000 spanned several decades, they had all been taught by the same instructors, thus it was as though this “reunion corps” had played together for years. It was a tribute to Eleanor Borek and the late Hugh Quigley that so many former members returned for this event and still played as the champions they once were.

The reunion corps gathered the next morning for a group photograph before the parade. The current members in uniform and the alumni donning Yalesville Reunion tee shirts. Following this most memorable parade, the corps, alumni and family members gathered for a picnic. It was a time to reminisce about the past, look at old photo albums and scrapbooks, exhange addresses (postal and email), eat, drink and of course, what would a drum corps reunion be without a JAM! It was truly a memorable day and one that won’t soon be forgotten.