Calendar of Events 2017

Canadian Forces Army Ball Performance

We're famous! …but only if you were at the 2013 Army Ball or have an Internet connection and know how to get to The YouTube.
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F&D Muster 2008: A favourite event at a favourite site

The weekend of August 16th and 17th saw LFD return for its third Fife & Drum Muster at Fort George. Also in attendance: two new members, one bugler and zero ghosts.
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Loyalist Days Return to Prescott

After a decade-and-a-half hiatus, the King's Royal Yorkers and other Crown Forces units (including the Loyalist Fifes & Drums) returned to the historic city on the St. Lawrence.
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Fort George Regulars Return

July 19th and 20th, LFD appeared at Niagara-on-the-Lake's Fort George once again. This time however, with some new blood! It was a solid weekend at a favourite site with friends both new and old.
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Leading the Parade, Canada Day 2008

July 1st, The Loyalist Fifes and Drums joined the celebrations on our nation's birthday. Marching in the popular Bath Canada Day Parade once again, The Drums led the way with the same tunes that led the Loyalists over two centuries ago.
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News - 2007 Fife and Drum Muster at Fort George


The Loyalist Fifes & Drums at Fort George
18-19 August 2007
August 18th through 20th the Loyalist Fifes and Drums attended the Fife and Drum Muster at Fort George (Niagara-on-the-Lake). Still the ‘newbie’ group, this was our second year attending the Muster and we’ve come far since then. With a turn-out of nine members (larger than last year’s), this was the event of the summer everyone had been looking forward to. Playing on brand-new Cooperman drums (which our Fife Major was very happy to see finally arrive) with an expanded repertoire, we both sounded and looked fantastic.

Since our formation in the fall of 2005, we have constantly improved and impressed. The hours of practice become especially evident as both fifers and drummers prove their ability and independence playing new songs with confidence. The fifers worked especially hard to learn and be able to perform their very own solo, forcing the drummers to listen while their new drums sat quietly.

Everyone progressed closer towards the completion of their sword tests—eight pieces memorized and played accurately earn a sword, the drum crops equivalent of a shiny gold sticker next to your name on the class list. Congratulations to the members who earned their swords this past weekend. Earning swords means admittance to corps polishing parties. Sadly, not all shiny gold stars next to your name are low-maintenance.

The weekend included long parades, multiple massed performances and numerous demonstrations for the public in addition to ample practice time. The days were long and very satisfying, in spite of the hot wool uniforms and sore muscles. Everyone was sure to keep well sun-screened and well hydrated. New canteens helped with the latter, particularly while on parade. It seems we have gained wisdom as well as experience in the past year.

The muster provided an excellent opportunity to see and hear other corps perform. Massed music sessions meant the fifes and drums were able to challenge themselves performing next to more experienced players, as well as other learning musicians in a large group. This year presented another chance to mingle and meet other fifers and drummers. Old faces made reappearances and while some have moved on, there were plenty more to meet and make new friends with in the evenings.

This year’s muster proved once again to be as exciting and gratifying as everyone could have hoped. With another year to learn, practice and polish up (literally and figuratively, for those who have newly earned swords), it can only get better.