Official Escort to the President
The musicians of the United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps recall the days of the American Revolution as they parade in uniforms patterned after those worn by the musicians of General George Washington's Continental Army. Military musicians of the period wore the reverse colors of the regiments to which they were assigned. The uniforms worn by the members of the Corps are dated circa 1781, and consist of black tricorn hats, white wigs, waistcoats, colonial coveralls, and red regimental coats.
The 69-member Corps uses 10-hole fifes, handmade rope-tensioned drums and single-valve bugles, which bring to life the exciting sounds of the Continental Army. While traveling, the marching strength of the Corps is normally 22 musicians, the drum major, and support personnel.
The Fife and Drum Corps also features a Historical Trumpet Ensemble and a Historical Flute Ensemble - specialty groups that revive the sounds of period trumpet and flute music at official ceremonies, special events, and professional venues.
As an official representative of the U.S. Army, the Corps averages approximately 500 performances annually. The Corps has entertained millions of people in major parades, pageants, and historical celebrations throughout the United States, and has served America as a goodwill ambassador as far away as Europe, Australia and Canada. Major sporting events the Corps has performed at include NCAA bowl games, NBA games, NFL games including Super Bowl XVI, the Kentucky Derby, the Indianapolis 500, and the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, NY.
In support of the President of the United States, the Corps performs at all armed-forces arrival ceremonies for visiting dignitaries and heads of state at the White House, and has participated in every Presidential Inaugural Parade since President John F. Kennedy's in 1961.
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Please help us congratulate Drum Musicians Staff Sgt. Jeremy Marks and Staff Sgt. Gabe Bacewicz on their promotion! More photos can be found at: http://bit.ly/2kbOwg0 (U.S. Army Photos by Sgt. 1st Class Heather Tribble)
Yesterday, the Corps participated in an Army Full Honor Arrival ceremony welcoming Lt. Gen. Dumitru Scarlat, Chief of Staff, Romanian Land Forces. Scarlat was awarded the Legion of Merit for his exceptionally meritorious service. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes and Pfc. Gabriel Silva)
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