US Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps perform before the first Mardi Gras parade | Mobile County Alabama News
MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) — Known for their musical styles and uniforms resembling those of the American Revolution, the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps of the U.S. Army has made its first stop in southern Alabama.
“A lot of people haven’t seen us before, so interacting with people every day that it’s brand new makes it fresh and exciting,” Staff Sgt. Erin Morgan.
The corps started the day at Daphne Middle School doing one of their favorite activities. Spend time with students.
“We love interacting with the students, they always have the most interesting questions. They always shake things up,” Morgan said.
Today’s performance was rewarding not only for the musicians, but also for the students.
“It shows the kids who are in the band that there is life in the band. You can work for our national army,” said eighth grader Lucy Foster.
Across the bay, the corps marched to Government Plaza to perform in a packed atrium before receiving a key to the city after a performance that crowd members won’t soon forget.
“My fourth great-great-grandfather, Cornelius Wilson, was a drummer and fife for George Washington at Valley Forge,” Sheila Shell said. “So it was a real emotional experience for me.”
This trip for them is historic, but it wouldn’t be complete without Mardi Gras. Luckily for them, they got a taste of last night’s parade before taking to the streets themselves.
“Our eyes were opened last night and we had so much fun in the parade last night and so we got a little taste of that and we’re so excited to see more of that tonight,” Morgan said.
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