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Fort Ti to host annual muster

TICONDEROGA The stone battlements will resound with traditional military music as Fort Ticonderogas Fife and Drum Corps is joined by four other award winning corps on Aug. 4 and 5 for its 14th annual muster.

The performance-filled weekend is once again made possible through a grant from Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Company.

The muster will take place on the parade grounds at Fort Ticonderoga beginning by raising the forts many flags at 10 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

Performances by each of the corps will continue throughout the day ending with combined performances at 3 p.m. Saturday and noon on Sunday.

A new event hosted by the Ticonderoga Historical Society at the Hancock House in Ticonderoga will feature all the muster participants at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The Fife and Drum Corps will perform separately and together. Admission is free and will take place on the Hancock House lawn.

Fort Ticonderogas Corps will parade in Royal-Roussillon Uniforms and as 1st NY Regiments.

This year they host The Green Mountain Fife and Drum Corps of Weybridge, Vt.; the 3rd New Jersey Field Music from Oceanport, N.J.; The Colonial Musketeers, Hackettstown, N.J.; and The East Hampton 3rd Connecticut Regiment of Fifes and Drums from East Hampton,, Conn.

All the groups with the exception of the 3rd New Jersey portray 18th Century Corps while the 3rd New Jersey Company is Civil War era. Each of the participating groups has a large repertoire of music highlighted with military commands and precision marching. Their unique and colorful uniforms provide an inspiring show and underline the dedication to authenticity each Corps maintains.

Fort Ticonderoga was built 250 years ago by the French to defend against the British.

The fort is open daily from 9-5 and the 100 year old walled Kings Garden from 10 4. The Log House Restaurant and Gift Shop is open 95. For more information go online at www.fort-ticonderoga.org .

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