fort-ticonderoga.JPGTiconderoga, N.Y. - Experience Martial music at its best at Fort Ticonderoga - America's FortTM July 27 during the Fife and Drum Corps Muster! From the American Revolution, to the Civil War, to modern commemoration, learn about the practical purpose of fifes and drums. Enjoy the stirring rhythms and tunes of these classic marches and camp songs. "The Fife & Drum Corps Muster highlights the role Fife & Drum music has played in the commemoration of American history. Fife and Drum Corps gained increased popularity during the American bicentennial celebrations," said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. "In 18th -century military life, fifes and drums served as one of the primary modes of battlefield communication and camp regulation." Fort Ticonderoga formed its first Fife and Drum Corps in 1926 on the eve of the 150th anniversary celebrations of American Independence. Today the Fort Ticonderoga Fife and Drum Corps is comprised of Ticonderoga area high school students who are paid employees of Fort Ticonderoga.  The Fife and Drum Corps is part of Fort Ticonderoga's Interpretive Department whose focus brings to life Fort Ticonderoga's specific history through daily interpretive programs, historic trades and special events. Admission to the Fife & Drum Corps muster is included in a Fort Ticonderoga's general admission.  A special evening Twilight Fife & Drum Corps performance will be presented at 7 pm on the Fort parade ground.  Tickets for the evening program are $10, children 4 and under are free and Friends of Fort Ticonderoga are free. Admission to the Twilight Concert is included in a Clambake ticket which will also take place at Fort Ticonderoga from 3 pm-6 pm, July 27. To learn more about the event visit http://www.fortticonderoga.org/ or call 518-585-2821. FORT TICONDEROGA America's Fort TM Located on Lake Champlain in the beautiful 6 million acre Adirondack Park, Fort Ticonderoga is a not-for-profit historic site and museum that ensures that present and future generations learn from the struggles, sacrifices, and victories that shaped the nations of North America and changed world history. Serving the public since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 70,000 guests annually and is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Fort Ticonderoga's history.  Accredited by the American Association of Museums, Fort Ticonderoga offers programs, historic interpretation, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year and is open for daily visitation May 17 through October 20, 2013. The 2013 season features the Fort's newest exhibit "It would make a heart of stone melt" Sickness, Injury, and Medicine at Fort Ticonderoga which explores early medical theory, practice, and experience as each relates to the armies that served at Fort Ticonderoga in the 18th century.  Admission price is $17.50 for adults, $14.00 for seniors (62 years and older), $8 children 5-12 years old, and children 4 years and under are free. Friends of Fort Ticonderoga also enjoy free admission. Visit https://mail.fort-ticonderoga.org/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.fortticonderoga.org/ for a full list of ongoing programs or call 518-585-2821. Fort Ticonderoga is located at 100 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga, New York. America's Fort is a registered trademark of the Fort Ticonderoga Association. Photo: Fort Ticonderoga presents its annual Fife & Drum Corps Muster, July 27th

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Contact: Beth Hill 518-585-2821 bhill@fort-ticonderoga.org