The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps is a living example of the rich traditions of the Army's 237-year history. The unit represents the United States at all White House Full Honor Arrival ceremonies for visiting heads of state and has performed for every President since their founding in 1960. As an official representative of the U.S. Army, the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps has entertained millions of spectators 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.
The 70-member unit wears uniforms patterned after those worn by the musicians of General George Washington's Continental Army and performs on 10-hole fifes, handmade rope-tensioned drums and single-valve bugles. Their music brings to life the exciting sounds of the Continental Army and a time when our Nation’s freedom was being formed. To see the unit is to experience history come alive - a proud tradition which began with the Continental Army and continues today!