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Fife and Drum Muster at Fort George this weekend
The Fort George Fife and Drum Corps on Canada Day. (Dariya Baiguzhiyeva/Niagara Now)

Fort George will be marching to the beat of the Fife and Drum Corps during its 20th anniversary celebration this weekend.

Visitors to the national historic site will be met with military music during the Fife and Drum Muster and Soldiers’ Field Day event.

Music demonstrations, military tactics and cannon fire will take place throughout the day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 17 and 18.

The Fife and Drum Corps program at Fort George was created for youth between 10 and 14. The young “duty drummers” receive free uniforms and equipment once they can demonstrate adequate performances of the 10 fife songs. All that is required is that they attend regular practices from July 1 to Labour Day.

The annual Fife and Drum Muster will bring about 50 to 60 fifers and drummers from Canada and the United States together for a weekend-long display of military music, celebrating the history of the fife and drum corps and their contributions to the military, said Drum Major Peter Alexander.

“The muster is the pinnacle of the season for everyone. It’s exciting to see everybody and have the chance to perform in front of the different corps and visitors to our site,” Alexander said.