Old Guard - "Thoughts From The Fringe"
written by SSG R.Andrews, SSG R. Ruddle
edited by SFC Reilly, SSG Jamison, SSG Waterman
THE UNITED STATES ARMY
OLD GUARD FIFE AND DRUM CORPS DRUMLINE
THE OLD GUARD STYLE
Read through a solo from one of the most unique marching percussion ensembles in the world. Steeped in tradition, the Old Guard Drumline is a living example of the origins of modern rudimental drumming. The drumline employs a conglomerate of styles to include traditional American rudimental drumming of the 18th & 19th centuries, Swiss, Scottish, and some modern rudimental concepts. The ensemble has been influenced by some of the great names of traditional rudimental drumming to include: Earl Sturtze, Bobby Thompson, Les Parks, John S. Pratt and Nick Attanasio, and it has also been influenced by some of the modern greats as well. Likewise the writing style of the drumline has been influenced by a wide variety of concepts. Whether it be a Swiss rudimental pattern followed by a Latin groove, or a Scottish roll passage with a contemporary flair, the Old Guard Drumline still remains a place where "Tradition Lives."