About the Corps

Member Biographies

The Whitehall Guard Fife & Drum Corps was formed in 2008, debuting at the Westbrook Fife & Drum Muster in Connecticut. Performing for Military Ceremonies, Parades, Family Reunions, Festivals, and Community Events, the corps is a not-for-profit group that entertains and educates the public about the Ancient Musical Art of Martial Fife and Drum.

Request to have the corps play at your event, by contacting Kenneth Purcell at:



3437 MacArthur Rd.

Whitehall, PA 18052

Connor A. Purcell - Fife Sergeant/Director

Connor is an advanced level fifer who also arranges, transcribes and composes music for the fife. He also plays Irish flute, tin whistles, tenor guitar, bass guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, and rudimental bass drum. He has considerable performing experience in symphonic concert band, marching band, jazz big band, percussion ensemble and has performed and recorded Irish, maritime, Civil War era, patriotic and novelty music with many groups & ensembles.
In 2010, Connor won the Northeastern Championships for Fife, and also the John McDonagh award for highest placing junior fife, with a score of 189 of 200 points.

Geoff Ader - Drum Sergeant

Geoff is an advanced level snare drummer who has been playing rudimental snare drum since he was 8 years old. Geoff started drumming in Sudbury, Mass. where his father was a revolutionary war reenactor. In order to continue the tradition of celebrating our history, Geoff decided he would learn to play the snare drum in order to reenact.
When his family moved to Connecticut, Geoff Joined the Col. John Chester Fife and Drum Corps where Geoff earned the roll of Drum Sergeant. Geoff has also played in Fort Henry in Kingston Ontario and has been invited to drum there every summer since he was 9 years old. Being one of the top rudimental Snare Drummers in the region, Geoff's Drumming career has lead him to play internationally for over 10 years, and nationally for over 11 years.

Recent News

The Whitehall Guard has recently appeared on Bobby Flay's 'Throwdown' on the Food Network! Check out the pictures in the gallery.

See Connor Purcell in the Morning Call Newspaper!