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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In 1964 the Corps traveled to Berlin, Germany and performed for the children of the U.S. Dependent's School located there. Today, our drummers still share their knowledge and drums in their effort to #SharetheTradition! (U.S. Army graphic by Sgt. Erin Ernst)
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Today, the Corps bid farewell to Sgt. 1st Class Melissa Dyer as she retired from the U.S. Army after 20 years of service! SFC Dyer has trained numerous people in the Corps, served as a Section Leader for the Fife Group, and was the S-1 Human Resources Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge. Congratulations and best of luck, SFC Dyer! #SoldierforLife
More photos at: http://bit.ly/2qWWhsP (U.S. Army Photos by Sgt. 1st Class Heather Tribble) Soldier for Life
Join us tonight for Twilight Tattoo at Joint Base Myer - Henderson Hall! The two shows tonight begin at 4pm and 7pm with pre-show music beginning a half an hour before each of those times. We hope to see you there! More information can be found here: http://twilight.mdw.army.mil/
Twilight Tattoo season is underway! Come see us on Wednesdays at 7pm on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall! Go to http://twilight.mdw.army.mil/ for more info. (Photos by Sgt. George Huley)
This #SoldierFeatureSunday we will feature one of our Snare Drum Musicians, Staff Sgt. Daniel Wells!
Staff Sgt. Daniel Wells grew up in Sugar Land, Texas where he began playing musical instruments at age eleven. His first two years were spent playing the flute before he decided to switch to percussion- and we are so happy he did! He was taken under the wing of the percussion instructor at
Stephen F. Austin High School (Houston), Brian Stevens. Brian Stevens had a background in Drum Corps International playing with Phantom Regiment, and introduced SSG Wells to the Drum Corps International style of drumming. In addition to Brian Stevens, SSG Wells was influenced by Ralph Hardimon, a percussion clinician and teacher throughout high school, and Dean Westman, the head band director at his high school, both also with backgrounds in Drum Corps International. SSG Wells auditioned and performed with several DCI Corps’ throughout the years. He marched with Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps in 2004, Madison Scouts in 2005, Capitol Regiment in 2006, and the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps in 2007. SSG Wells continued his education at the The University of Southern Mississippi where he met Staff Sgt. (P) Scott Jamison, who introduced him to The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps. Prior to auditioning for the Corps, SSG Wells transferred to Wharton County Junior College and graduated as the Class President from Wharton County Fire Academy. He was an Emergency Medical Technician (#EMT) in Houston, Texas from 2008-2013, when he auditioned and got a position as a Snare Drum Musician in the Corps. SSG Wells kept up his skills by practicing and drumming for various ensembles throughout Texas, including drumming for his local church for about three years, and being a member Radio Ark, a rock band. Staff Sgt. Wells would like to thank his family and wife and daughter, Cheryl and Chloe Wells, for their endless encouragement and support. “The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps has become much more than just a job to me. It’s a lifestyle. The Fife and Drum Corps provides constant challenges that really keep me active and on my toes. I am truly grateful for the Army, the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), my incredible peers and leaders, all of our fans, and the service men and women past and present that we get to represent every day.” (U.S. Army photo taken by Staff Sgt. Erin Ernst)
Yesterday, drummers of the Corps had the opportunity to perform at Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel A. Dailey's house for the International students of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy! #Hooah!
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