MCV Core Values


We are each responsible for our collective experience as members of the Middlesex County Volunteers Fifes & Drums.

We aspire to excellence in music and presentation, to be international ambassadors for our art form, and to create a supportive environment, enabling all members to thrive. As we pursue these aspirations, these Core Values establish and support an open and welcoming environment, free of harassment, that allows for creativity and camaraderie to flourish, and to provide reporting avenues should any issues arise.


We are representatives of the group, New England, and the United States at all times and our actions are considered reflective of that regardless of the situation.
We are cognizant and respectful of cultural differences and social norms.
We are tolerant and in control of our actions at all times.
We are an adult group, and content and language is reflective of such, however, discretion is key as is respect for others.


We are advocates; for ourselves and for others.
We are empowered to speak up respectfully if and when a situation arises that is inconsistent with our Core Values.


We are kind to all.
We act respectfully towards fellow members, as well as all others we come into contact with.
We appreciate and respect our differences as individuals.
We are sensitive to the language we use and how it may be received by the listener.
We expect and accept constructive feedback from each other as we strive for excellence.
We encourage open sharing of ideas and opinions, and listen for understanding.
We are understanding of others’ personal boundaries.


We draw on the differences in who we are, what we’ve experienced, and how we think.
We welcome the unique contributions that are brought by every individual, inclusive of culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, size, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, color, religion, sexual orientation, and beliefs.