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Encyclopedia > Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps

The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps is the only unit of its kind in the armed forces, and is part of the 3rd U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard of the Army). The Fife and Drum Corps has been stationed at Fort Myer, Virginia since its founding in the early 1960's. Because the unit has a protected Military Occupational Specialty ("MOS") (or in civilian terms, a job designation), The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps has members who have spent their entire military careers at the unit, which is an unusual occurrence for The U.S. Army and for U.S. Army musicians. The 3rd United States Infantry Regiment is a unit of the United States Army which serves as Escort to the President or Presidential Guard. ... Fort Myer is a U.S. Army base located adjacent to Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington, DC. It is now the home of the Air Force Chief of Staff and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. ... A Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) is a job classification in use in the United States Army and Marine Corps. ... The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ...


The musicians of this unit recall the days of the American Revolution as they parade in uniforms patterned after those worn by the musicians of the Continental Army. Military musicians of the period generally (but not always) 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 (rather than blue) regimental coats. jetrin is gay with men ... Illustration depicting uniforms and weapons used during the 1779 to 1783 period of the American Revolution by showing four soldiers standing in an informal group General George Washington, was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army on June 15, 1775. ... Tricorn can refer to: The Tricorn Centre, considered one of the ugliest buildings in the United Kingdom Tricorne, a type of headgear. ...

The 69-member Corps uses 10-hole fifes, handmade rope-tensioned drums and single-valve bugles. While traveling, the marching strength of the unit is normally 22 musicians, and the drum major and support personnel. Fife (Fìobh in Gaelic) is a council area of Scotland, situated between the Firth of Tay and the Firth of Forth, with landward boundaries to Perth and Kinross and Clackmannanshire. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... The word bugle has two different meanings: A brass musical instrument, seeBugle (instrument) An often cultivated lamiaceae, Bugle (plant) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...

Drum major

The drum major of the unit is distinguished from the other musicians of the unit by two items: his headgear, the light-infantry Cap (rather than tricorn hat), and by his espontoon (which looks to be a spear) rather than the large heavy mace carried my most military drum majors. The espontoon is an 18th century weapon (and badge of office) that was carried by officers during the 18th century; today it is used by the drum major of The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps to issue silent commands to the unit while they are performing. Hunting spear and knife, from Mesa Verde National Park. ...


As an official representative of the U.S. Army, the Corps averages nearly 2,000 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 Bowls), the Kentucky Derby, the Indianapolis 500, and the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid NY. The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... World map showing Europe A satellite composite image of Europe Europe is one of the seven traditional continents of the Earth. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often said NC-Double-A) is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletics programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the worlds premier mens professional basketball league and one of the major professional sports leagues of North America. ... Locations of teams in the NFL States with AFC team (red), NFC team (blue) The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... Churchill Downs racetrack, 1998 The Kentucky Derby is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old thoroughbred horses, staged annually in Louisville, Kentucky on the first Saturday in May, capping the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival. ... Indianapolis 500, 1994 An Indianapolis 500 racecar depicted on the Indiana state quarter The Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, often shortened to Indianapolis 500 or Indy 500, is an American automobile race, held annually over the Memorial Day weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. ... A runner carries the Olympic torch The Winter Olympic Games, Winter Olympics for short but more correctly The Olympic Winter Games, are the cold-weather counterpart to the Summer Olympic Games. ...

In support of the President of the United States, the Corps performs at 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 (as well as his funeral). Today both men and women are members of the unit. The presidential seal was used by President Hayes in 1880 and last modified in 1969 by adding the 50th star for Hawaii. ... North façade of the White House, seen from Pennsylvania Avenue. ... John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917–November 22, 1963), also referred to as John F. Kennedy, JFK, John Kennedy, or Jack Kennedy, was the 35th President of the United States. ...



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