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Local history, national audience

Members of Ticonderoga's Fife & Drum Corps perform Monday at The Sagamore in Bolton Landing for a live broadcast of the Today Show. The program, 150 minutes long, showcased the Adirondacks, particularly the Lake George region and its varied activities. An estimated 5.5 million viewers saw the show, which included a portrayal of Ticonderoga's rich history. During the broadcast, about a dozen members of the Fort Ticonderoga Fife and Drum Corps performed in full Colonial dress as they marched across the lawn between the hotel and the lake. Today Show hosts Meredith Vieira and Ann Curry followed in a horse-drawn surrey.

Corps member Mike Edson of Ticonderoga said the group had performed before many crowds, but this occasion was incomparable.

"This is a great honor, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for everybody," he said.

Keeley Andrushka, 16, one of the seven fife players, agreed.

"There were a lot more people and cameras here than I ever thought would be," she said.

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