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Fort George National Historic Site

The 41st Fife and Drum Corps Today

Music Demonstration
Military music demonstration at Fort George.
© Parks Canada / Chris Zoetewey / August 2002

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.