The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps
Baroque Trumpet Ensemble
The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps Baroque Trumpet Ensemble is a specialized performance unit within The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, and is the only group of its kind in the American military.
As with many aspects of life in the Colonies, musical traditions were influenced by European practices. These included the use of trumpets for civic celebrations, religious events and military drill. Since the creation of the Army in 1775, musicians have been included and served as an integral part of military communication.
The ensemble performs on instruments inspired by those used during the 18th century. The instruments have 3 holes, a bell patterned after Johann Wilhelm Haas, and can be played in 4 different keys: baroque C and D (A=415), and modern C and D. The ensemble performs alone or accompanied by side drum or timpani.
The Baroque Trumpet Ensemble studies and performs music influential to the earliest American brass players. In addition to providing ceremonial support to the Old Guard, the ensemble performs at various special events and professional venues. For more information on the Baroque Trumpet Ensemble, please contact Master Sergeant Sandra Quaschnick.