Saturday, March 5, 2016



We regret to announce that the 2016 workshop has been cancelled.





MCV is pleased to announce we will once again present our annual fife and drum workshop but now open to ALL AGES.  Workshop will be held UMass Extension School in Waltham, Mass.  on Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Note: Master Classes will also be offered.

For All Under 18 workshop attendees: Parent/Guardian Permission Form must be completed and signed: either upload the form during online registration OR bring the form with you on the day of workshop.

Download Parent/Guardian Permission Form

For more info please email Larissa Sasgen, Workshop Chair.

Registration Deadline is February 22, 2016.



List of Workshop Instructors:

Fife Instructors

  • Beth Humphreys, Fifer, MCV, Fife Instructor, Middlesex County 4-H Fifes and Drums
  • Sarah MacConduibh, Fife Section Lead, MCV
  • Sean Quint, Fifer, MCV
  • Larissa Sasgen, Fifer, MCV; Music Director, Advanced Fife Instructor, Middlesex County 4-H Fifes and Drums

Snare Drum Instructor

Michael Godin, Drum Sergeant, MCV

Bass Drum Instructor

Tom Vandervort, Bass Drummer, MCV


Michael Godin has been playing drums for over 30 years. He performed snare drum with the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps for 4 years and has since been with MCV for the past 22 years. Michael is currently the drum section lead for MCV and composes the majority of the drum charts. Michael has also performed with the Top Secret Drum Corps from Switzerland and with the Legends of Drum & Bugle Corps.

Beth Humphreys entered the fife and drum community through the Middlesex County 4-H Fife and Drum Corps at the age of 6. She played the drum for two years before Steven Taskovics got his hands on her; she switched to her true calling, the fife, at 8 years old. During her time in the corps she was Fife Sergeant and discovered her love for teaching. MC4HFD was extremely formative to her life, and led her to both the Bluffpoint Quahog Digger’s Band and later MCV. Beth has been a member of MCV for about a year, and looks forward to many more. Beth spends her weekends at 4-H teaching the beginners (her absolute favorite level) and attending MCV rehearsals. When she is not at rehearsal, Beth enjoys reenactments, museums, and reading a good book.

Sarah MacConduibh has been a fifer with MCV since 1984 (ouch!), Manager for more than two decades, and fife section lead (1994-2012, 2014-), where she continues to build the fife section on the strong foundation established by her predecessors, Kerri Cunningham, Jane Law and Paul Joseph, striving for excellence in musicality and pushing the envelope with the fife. In the early 90s Sarah also joined John Ciaglia, John Benoit, and Jane Law in Fife in the Fast Lane. MCV has since become source music for the greater Boston area, performing with the Boston Camerata, and frequently appearing with Keith Lockhart or John Williams and the Boston Pops. During Sarah’s tenure, MCV highlights include eight CDs and 16 performance tours both in the US and abroad, including international military tattoos at Basel, Edinburgh, Halifax, Sydney and Malmö. Sarah also performs Irish flute and whistle with the Celtic ensemble Fellswater. Alas, music is still only an avocation: In ‘real life’ she studied electrical engineering, was an Officer in the Air Force, and is now Vice President of Air Force Programs at The MITRE Corporation. Married to Jim MacConduibh (snare drummer and Director of MCV), they share their home with five cats and a dog, and when not working or playing music they spend as much time as possible underwater (scuba diving), and sampling the cuisine and cultures in remote corners of the world.

Sean Quint has been playing the fife since he was eight years old; starting his journey with the Marlborough Junior Ancient Fifes and Drums in 1998, and has been playing the fife ever since. Sean has been a captive of MCV for five years, and has been treated very well during that time. When he isn’t driving to and from events, Sean spends his time earning his degree in History at the University of Connecticut, with aspirations to become a teacher. This will be Sean’s second time volunteering at the workshop.

Larissa Sasgen holds a degree in music performance from Northern Illinois University, she has played music for over 20 years, fife and drum specifically for 15. Larissa has been teaching both private lessons and small groups for the past decade, and she is currently the advanced fife instructor and Music Director for Middlesex County 4H Fifes and Drums. In 2007, she joined MCV and moved from Illinois to Massachusetts (in that order). She has met many dear friends through music and lives her life with a constant soundtrack. When not creating or teaching music, you can typically find her enjoying history or in a crew boat on the Charles River.

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