‘Drums Along the Maumee’ returns to Perrysburg


PERRYSBURG – The sound of fife and drum music will fill the air as Fort Meigs hosts "Drums Along the
Maumee" Saturday and Sunday.
Guests will see and hear fife and drum corps from across the Midwest play military music from the 1750s
through the War of 1812.
Performances will feature units such as The 1st Michigan Fife and Drum Corps, The Voyageur Ancient Fife
and U.S. Field Musik 1812.
Music was important to the military for communication, structure and entertainment. Performing corps use
authentic wooden fifes and rope tension drums. They play tunes from the actual military field music
manuals of the time period.
The units will march and perform starting around 10 a.m. each day. All corps will perform as a massed
band at 4 p.m. each afternoon. In addition, re-enactors portraying soldiers and camp followers of the
War of 1812 will provide demonstrations of weapons, camp life and provide hands-on activities for
children. A tent will be provided to house the corps and visitors in the event of rain.
Returning this year is dancing from the Early American period. The public is encouraged to participate.
No experience, costuming or partner is required, only interest and enthusiasm. Experienced callers will
guide guests through the dances.
Fort Meigs is open from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. both days of the event. Admission rates are $9 for adults;
$5 for students; Ohio Historical Society members, $1; and children 5 and under are free.
Fort Meigs, the largest reconstructed wooden-walled fort in the country, is located one mile west of
downtown Perrysburg on Ohio 65. Call 800-283-8916 or visit on-line at www.fortmeigs.org or
www.ohiohistory.org for more information.

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