Tap your toes to the beat of marching tunes as the decoratively uniformed 41st Regiment Fife and Drum Corps parades around Fort George performing 18th and early 19th century music. Hear the pre-dawn reveille bugle wake-up call, the opening notes of the corps’ daily job as the fort’s clock and timekeeper for soldiers’ routines. Learn how they were also an essential low-tech walkie-talkie with the high-pitched fifes and low-pitched drums sending musical signals across great distances to direct artillery, cavalry and troops on a chaotic battlefield. Or follow the elegant melodies of European social music into the barracks and officers’ quarters where the fort’s unique Band of Music performs historical compositions that would have been popular during the Napoleonic era. It’s a rare opportunity to hear classics played on reproductions of late 18th and early 19th century instruments including flutes, clarinets, bassoons, violins, French horns and a serpent.

Experience date

May through August, Wednesday through Sunday and at special events.

Joining our program

The Corps has been created for young people between the ages of ten and fourteen. Learn more

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