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41st Fife and Drum Corps

41st Fife and Drum Corps
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The 41st Fife and Drum Corps today

The 41st Fife and Drum Corps was raised in 1987 by Gavin A. Watt and Peter Alexander as an animation program for Parks Canada at Fort George National Historic Site of Canada. They gathered period music, instruments and created a successful music animation program. Recruiting was achieved by performing at local schools and offering a unique learning environment that included music, self discipline and citizenship. The Corps performs in parades, festivals and hosts an annual muster every third week in August at Fort George. The Corps attends local functions as honour guards and are recognized by visitors as a fixture in the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. We have been recently recognized by the Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce as Youth Citizens of the Year' 2002 and by the Ontario Heritage Association with the Youth Heritage Award' 2002. The Corps has also produced an award winning recording.

Joining our program

The Corps has been created for young people between the ages of ten and fourteen. You are welcome to visit any Sunday between 1:30 and 4:00pm. There are no formal music requirements and your uniform and equipment is provided by Parks Canada. You will receive instruction in drill, music and music ensemble. Once you have memorized and can perform ten fife songs or drum beatings you will be issued with your music equipment and uniform free of charge. When you turn fifteen you can compete for a paid position in the professional Corps. The only requirements are attendance every Sunday and three days a week including Sundays during the summer from July 1st to Labour Day.

Do you need more information?

Peter Alexander
Historic Music Coordinator
Niagara National Historic Sites