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Youth Fife and Drum

We’ve created the Youth Fife and Drum Program to provide an outlet for military-minded youth with an interest in history and a talent for music. The fife and drum program provides a chance for teenagers who have participated in our Children’s Animation Program to take their training one step further and learn what it was like for a young soldier in a military band in 1744 Louisbourg.

Fifes and drums were the radios to the 18th century military. The fifer’s shrill notes and the drummers’ staccato beats could be heard all across the battlefield over the thuds of hundreds of soldiers’ boots and the clanging of their gear as they marched. When even a human voice shouting would go unheard, fifers and drummers sent out marching orders through their music that kept the regiment moving as a unit.

For one month or two months, ordinary modern teenagers like you can have this power. Dressed in authentic 18th century costumes, you will train with your regiment in marching, drum calls, and maintaining your instrument while playing your part for the visitors to the Fortress Louisbourg. Not only will it hone your musical skills, but it will also help you build confidence through public speaking and military discipline.

To enroll in the program you must be a member of the Fortress of Louisbourg Association, be between the ages of 10 and 16, and have some experience playing the drum or fife (flute). Applicants will also have to successfully audition in front of the Drum Major.

Please note: participants must have attended the winter drumming sessions in order to attend during the summer months.

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For more information about volunteering please contact our internal projects coordinator at alyssaleahy.fla@gmail.com or 902-733-2280 Ext 3437




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