The U.S. Army Old Guard Fife And Drum Corps to play in Inauguration parade

Kuha'o Kawaauhau , Reporter

The United States Army’s 3rd Infantry Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps has been performing in every Inauguration since President John F Kennedy in 1961. It is the only unit of its kind who has been performing throughout the world. The Fife and Drum Corps performers are dressed in an 18th century uniforms which includes the red regimental coats, waistcoats, white wigs, black tricorn hats, and colonial coveralls. These uniforms dates back to 1781. They were worn by the musicians of General George Washington’s continental army. The drum major who will lead the Presidential Inauguration parade carries an espontoon, an 18th century weapon which signals a silent command to march in front of the east steps of the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

With a total of 69 performers, they practice the troop step. It is a ceremonial step of the household regiments in the British army. They march in a slow, ceremonial pace with their toes pointed in the front, touching the ground while playing. They play “Yankee Doodle” as they pass in review.

The Fife and Drum Corps will hold a rehearsal on Sunday, 5 days before President Elect Donald Trump’s Inauguration.