Interested in joining the corps?

The corps always welcomes prospective fifers and drummers from the ages of 8-18. To get started on the fife, no special requirements are necessary, only a willingness to learn!

Drummers require some previous experience, and must demonstrate proficiency in the 26 standard drum rudiments.

Corps members learn the military music of the 18th century, the history of the Colonial Midwest and the French-Canadian Voyageur, and gain unique opportunities to travel and perform all over the country. In the course of traveling, corps members will see unique places and make new friends from all over the country.

The performance season runs from May until October, with performances on many weekends. The corps practices every Monday at Murdock Elementary School in Lafayette, IN, beginning at 6:30pm.

Contact director@voyageurfdc.org for more information on joining the corps.

Directors and Instructors

Mary Fisher (Operations Director) - Mary is responsible for operational and logistal aspects of the corps. Mary participated in marching band color guard at Harrison High School, and has participated in the Feast of the Hunter's Moon for as long as she can remember. She been a family member of the Tippecanoe Ancient Fife and Drum Corps for 11 years, and her son is a 3rd-generation fifer and drummer. Mary has a bachelor's degree in early childhood education from Purdue University.

BJ McAllister (Music Director)- BJ learned the snare drum from Earle Sturtze in Connecticut, and spent 24 years as a snare drummer in the US Army "Old Guard" fife and drum corps before retiring to the Lafayette area. BJ currently plays snare drum with the 42nd Royal Highlanders.

Members of the Voyageurs are instructed by long-time practicioners of the art of Ancient fifing and drumming.

  • Billy Brand (Fife) - Billy has 20 years of experience as a multi-instrumental performer of music and has spent the last ten years of study specifically dedicated to historical Folk Music. He first studied music and performance as a member of several of the Lafayette School Corporation Band programs; including Marching Band, Jazz Band, Concert Band and Jefferson Show Band. He also took advantage of other visual and performing arts departments and programs inside of the LSC. Billy is currently a performing member of the Tippecanoe Ancient Fife and Drum Corps.
  • Serena Johnston (Fife) - A Voyaguer FDC alum, Serena holds a Bachelor's in English Education from St. Joseph's College. Serena is currently a performing member of the Tippecanoe Ancient Fife and Drum Corps.
  • Preston Smith (Drums) - Preston learned fife and drum in the Harrison High School militia band, before joining the Voyageurs in 1990 before joining the 42nd Royal Highlanders in 1993. Now the drum major for the 42nd, he has instructed Voyageur drummers and drum majors since 1996. Preston holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Purdue's College of Technology, where he manages the university's support for research computing.