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Fire and drum ensembles to perform Monday at Old Fort Niagara

YOUNGSTOWN – Old Fort Niagara will host a concert featuring four international fife and drum ensembles at 11 a.m. Monday, and is offering free admission to the fort and concert on this day to residents of Niagara, Erie and Orleans counties.

The ensembles are from Belgium, France, Italy and the U.S.

“Old Fort Niagara will resonate with the high notes of fifes and the sharp beats of drums for some truly unique performances,” said Robert Emerson, the fort’s executive director. “We are excited to host these four ensembles and look forward to welcoming a large crowd from our regional community to watch and listen to their concert.”

The ensembles include: Trommelfluit from Ypres, Belgium; Les Fifres et Tambours de St. Tropez, France; Gruppo Pifferi e Tamburi di Ivrea, Italy; and The Towpath Volunteers Fife and Drum Corps from Macedon.

Fifes and drums have been used in the military for hundreds of years, and were once used for military communication because they could be heard over long distances. Today, there are still many global fife and drum corps that perform in parades and at historic sites in a ceremonial capacity to keep this form of music alive.

Niagara, Erie and Orleans County residents are reminded to bring identification that shows their residency, which will admit them free on this day. The fort will open at 9 a.m. and will close at 5 p.m.