Freedom Curriculum Products > Cries of Freedom Curriculum > Spirit of America CD

Spirit of America CD

Spirit of America CD

This CD includes stirring drum and fife music from the Revolutionary War era. Includes great patriotic music like "Panda Bear," "Drowsy Maggie," and "Yankee Doodle." Used in the "Spirit of '76" lesson and an excellent way to get your class ready for any Cries of Freedom lesson!

Corps History

Before the days of radios and satellite communications, music was essential to an Army as a means of communication instructions through the ranks. During the American Revolution, Brigadier General William Heath states that, "Good music is not only ornamental to an army but so absolutely essential that the maneuver cannot be performed in a regular manner without it." Perhaps even more important to the soldiers was the time spent by the musicians in the evenings entertaining soldiers. In 1960, the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps was organized to recreate this integral part of the Army's history.

The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps is the only musical unit of its kind in the United States military. Because it is charged to represent the musical history of the Army, the Corps extensively researches all of its music, and much of what it performs is arranged from original sources dating as far back as the 17th century. The Corps uses arranging techniques and styles of the 18th century to promote the most authentic performance possible.

The uniforms worn by the Corps are designed from regulations of the Continental Army and represent what fifers, drummers, and buglers would have worn during the 18th century.

The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps is a special ceremonial unit in The Old Guard, the ceremonial escort to the President. In addition to ceremonies, the Corps performs traditional fife and drum music throughout the National Capital Region, across the nation and abroad. Past highlights include participation in all presidential inaugurations since Kennedy's, the Nova Scotia International Tatoo, and performance for visiting heads of state at the White House.