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SGM william E. white, Jr. Printable Photo SGM William E. White, Jr.
Corps Sergeant Major
U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps

Sergeant Major William E. White was born and raised in Williamsburg, VA.  He joined the Army and was assigned to The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps in April of 1994.

SGM White learned to play the fife from his father at age seven and performed with The Fifes and Drums of Colonial Williamsburg from age 10 to 18 as a fifer.  Additionally, he studied modern flute with Francile Bilyeu of Virginia Commonwealth University and with Carol Kniebusch Noe at James Madison University.

SGM White has held numerous duty assignments within The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps including Fife Arranger, Drum Major, Fife Section Leader, Fife Group Leader, Operations/Training NCOIC and Field First Sergeant.  He was a founding member of both the Historical Flutes and Fife Choir and served as producer for the Fife and Drum Corps’ 1996 Recording: “Living the Tradition.” SGM White has performed as a guest with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own.”

In addition to his performance and leadership duties within the Fife and Drum Corps, SGM White was a Liaison Officer for 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) at the Military District of Washington’s Emergency Operations Center in the hours and weeks immediately following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. He also served as the Washington National Cathedral Ceremonies Officer during the State Funeral Service for President Gerald R. Ford.

SGM White received his Bachelor of Arts in English from George Mason University in 2000 and is currently pursuing a Masters in American History.  An avid runner and triathlete, he completed his first Ironman in 2013.  In 1996 he co-founded the traditional celtic ensemble Edsall Road with FDC alumni Matthew Tourville and Charles White.  That ensemble, which also included SGM White’s father Bill White, released two independent recordings and performed regularly throughout Virginia, DC and Maryland until 2011.


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