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Who Is MCV

The Middlesex County Volunteers Fifes & Drums (MCV) was established in 1982 toward the close of the Bicentennial by Boston-area musicians who wished to further explore the traditional repertoires of the regimental fife and drum corps associated with the European or American armies during the American War for Independence, 1775-1783. Today we have evolved into a repertory ensemble performing martial, dance, and folk music drawn from 17th, 18th, and early 19th century sources in America and Europe as well as contemporary compositions. Ultimately, MCV is about history and music, education and entertainment.

Members range in age and vocation from 16 up, students to aerospace engineers, school teachers to pharmacists. All participate on an avocational basis, balancing “real life” with weekly rehearsals and over thirty performances yearly, and share a common love for music and performance.   Read about MCV Core Values.

MCV is a registered federal 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, and we support our activities strictly through grants, donations, and performance fees.

MCV’s mission is to research, perform, and promote the music of the fife and drum, to celebrate its historic roots, and to pass this living tradition along by example and instruction.



Hire MCV

MCV is comfortable performing for small fundraisers and town parades all the way up to frequent collaborations with world class musical organizations, such as the Boston Pops Orchestra and Boston Camerata.  Learn more.

Support MCV

As we march through our fourth decade, we think about the generous support we receive from our audiences and our donors, and we salute you…..we wouldn’t be here without you. Click here to learn how you can support MCV.

Join MCV

MCV is always looking for talented fifers and snare drummers to join our ranks. We are also recruiting for the Color Guard for the 2024 season.  If interested in learning more about the requirements for membership, audition requirements, etc. please feel free to contact us by email or phone. MCV plays 10 hole Healy and Morneault fifes; our rope tension snare and bass drums are made by Cooperman. Learn more.