Senior Drum & Bugle Corps is the inspiration of Lieut.
Mitchell (Ret.) of the City of Hamilton Fire Department.
The first planning meeting was held at Bill's home. The original "six" that put this endeavour together were;
The HFFDC has traditionally employed professional music instructors and arrangers to help us in reaching our goals. Through this professional instruction, the Corps has continuously raised its level of proficiency and expertise. In 1965 the Corps began accepting non-firefighters that had previous musical training and experience. An all-male organization for most of its history, the Corps started accepting female members in 1995. Today the HFFDC numbers over seventy men and women of varying backgrounds. The present membership includes alumni from over forty junior and senior drum corps and military bands from all over Ontario. These bands and drum corps are listed on a separate page, and you will recognize many world class organizations.
HFFDC performed at Hamilton's Steel City Octoberfest from 1973 to 1982
The HFFDC specializes in competition and exhibition parades, concerts and tattoos. In our thirty-seven years in existence, nearly every other Canadian senior drum corps, has faded away. The HFFDC has persevered and continued to exist through shrewd financial management and strong leadership. The "Firefighters" have represented the City of Hamilton in twenty-five of the last thirty CFL Grey Cup Festival parades. The Corps performs over twenty times every year, travelling coast to coast in Canada and throughout the Northern U.S.A., as ambassadors of the City, the province and of Canada.
25th. Anniversary of Dundurn Castle, 1992
Some of the best social times were
at "The Grove Motel" in Leroy, NY. The motel has been torn down but,
so much booze was spilled there over the years, the soil is so
they can't build on it and it remains a vacant lot to this day.
Photo courtesy Wayne Waddington
There are no membership fees or dues of any kind. A summer uniform and winter dress-blue uniform, instruments and other equipment are provided free. Transportation, when required for longer trips, is provided at no charge,in most cases.
There are very few musical organizations today, especially Drum Corps, that have no dues, membership fees or travel fees levied on their members. Since its inception, the Firefighters has believed that Drum Corps, a wholly voluntary "hobby", should not tax the financial resources of its members or their families.
With the help of the City of
we recently constructed a new $1,000,000 practice facility. This 12,000
square foot building has a Main Hall that is also rented to the public
for social occasions such as weddings, etc. This provides us with an
source of revenue to help finance our activities. We also installed,
our own use and the HFFDC Alumni Association, a private "Members
for the members. All facilities are fully licenced by the LLBO.