About the Corps

The Story of Hanaford's

Hanaford's Volunteer Fife and Drum Corps was formed in 1975 by Gerd and Ruth Sommer as a bicentennial project. The corps name comes from Captain Nathaniel Hanaford who fought during the War of 1812.

The Story of Warner's

Warner's Regiment originally formed as a militia company with Hanaford’s Volunteer Fife & Drum Corps in 1975. Warner's is an entirely volunteer group of historians and flintlock shooting enthusiasts. You can find more information about them through this link: Warner's Regiment


Bill White

What's it like to play the Snare Drum?

Playing snare drum is a blast. We play traditional grip on rope tension drums to get an authentic sound, and many of our tunes date at least to the Civil War. Generally you can march snare drum after learning five tunes and the street beat, our cadence. We play rudimental music, so we teach in traditional rudimental style, with focus on proper technique, execution of the rudiments, and a unified sound across the whole line.

Isaac E.

What's it like to play the Fife?

Being a fifer with Hanaford's is great fun and very rewarding! As a beginning fifer, you'll learn a few scales, the best breathing techniques, and how to read fife music. We'll also work on memorizing some parade tunes. Upon memorizing 3 songs, you will receive your own official corps Model F fife and you'll be ready to  join the fife line during parades and performances! 

Liam D.

What's it like to play the Bass Drum?

Coming soon!

The Militia at the Albany Parade - 2012

What's it like to march with Warner's Regiment?

Warner’s Regiment has drawn members from a wide variety of backgrounds: men and women, students, teachers, serving and retired military members, and other professions.  We are a family friendly organization and all of our events are great places for children to learn and grow.  Our current membership comes mostly from Vermont and eastern New York, the same areas of the country which raised the original Regiment; we have members from southern New England and Canada as well.  We are always looking for new members! If you are interested in camaraderie and fun while preserving Vermont and New York history, visit the Warner's Regiment recruiting page.


Susie R. & Acacia W. (former member)

What's it like to be in the Color Guard?

Marching in a parade is exciting, but what if you're not quite ready to play an instrument while you march? The color guard is the perfect starting place. Every member in the guard is dressed in period attire and carries a flag displaying the "colors" of our nation, state, and corps. We welcome any age to join the color guard!

Uniform Attire


White work shirt, breeches, black lace up shoes, tam with feather (and sporting only one pin signifying musician's rank), white haversack (with no additional decoration), socks, and waistcoat.

No jewelry other than a wedding band because military musicians were men, not women.

No makeup.

Watches are accepted because the sleeve of the work shirt will cover it. 


Color Guard

White shift with sleeves reaching below the elbow (with or without ruffle around the neck and sleeves), petticoat** reaching above the ankle, apron (optional), mop cap or another cap appropriate to the era, English bodice with laces or buttons. 

Only rings or a fine short necklace is accepted because camp followers couldn't afford jewelry. 

Wool cape (supplied by Hanaford's). 

Straw bonnet tied with ribbon. 

Haversack (optional). 

No makeup. 

 **Petticoats are designed for a pocket to be warn underneath.