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Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps Drumline to appear at Northwestern State
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The U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps Drumline will be performing at Northwestern State University Thursday, March 8, at 11:30 a.m. in the William E. Brent Band Rehearsal Hall, Room 122 of the Fine Arts Annex. Admission is free and open to the public. The event is part of the drumline’s education tour and includes a master class and seminar.

The group will be lead by Sgt. First Class Mark Reilly, a 2002 graduate of Northwestern State who is a percussion arranger for the corps. The master class and seminar will showcase the history of rudimental drumming and the unique legacy the Fife and Drum Corps has on Army field music. The event is being hosted by NSU Professor of Percussion and Associate Director of Bands Kenneth Green.

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 Regiment (The Old Guard). The Fife and Drum Corps is stationed at Fort Myer, Va.

The musicians of this unit recall the days of the American Revolution as they perform in uniforms patterned after those worn by the musicians of Gen. 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.

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