2018 Music Faculty

Kate Bolcar

Kate Bolcar, Fife

Kate Bolcar began her fife and drum career in 1992 as a fife student of Jim Douglas in The Colonial Musketeers Jr. Fife and Drum Corps.  While performing with CMJC, Kate performed all over the United States, Canada and abroad as well as earned multiple State and Northeastern Championship titles including 4 individual Northeastern Championship titles. Before aging out of The Colonial Musketeers, Kate began teaching the fife line and arranging music for the corps.  Her arrangements and original compositions are still played by the corps and many of her former fife students have gone on to win championships and perform in senior corps. She also served as the Director for 5 years and was inducted into the NJ Fife and Drum Hall of Fame for her volunteer efforts on behalf of the corps.

Kate's teaching experience is not limited to The Colonial Musketeers.  She has taught fife at The Don Hubbard Field Music School as well as The Company of Fifers and Drummers Junior's Days. She also holds a NJ Teacher Certification and has directed several high school and middle school choirs and bands.

Kate's fife playing has taken her to Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Switzerland, Australia, Nova Scotia and Sweden as well as multiple Military Tattoos. She has played with such fife and drum corps as The Middlesex County Volunteers Fifes and Drums, The 4th Middlesex/85th Regiment de St. Onge, The 15th NJ Field Music, The 3rd NJ Field Music, The 7th NJ Field Music and most recently The Granaderos y Damas de Galvez Fife and Drum Corps in San Antonio, TX where she also coached the fife line.

Kate earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts in Music from Montclair State University and pursued a career in singing.  Kate is currently serving as the vocalist in the US Army's 101st Airborne Division (AASLT) Band in Fort Campbell, KY.