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jason on 05/28/2012 at 02:30PM
The United States Armed Forces enlists some very talented men and women to "serve the nation through music" as members of its musical ensembles. Since these high-caliber recordings are performed by US Government employees, they immediately enter the public domain according to a nifty bit of US law that is well-worth celebrating this Memorial Day.
The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps is one of the US Army's premier musical organizations. The 69-member Corps uses 10-hole fifes, handmade rope-tensioned drums and single-valve bugles, which bring to life the exciting sounds of the continental army. The Fife and Drum Corps also features a Baroque Trumpet Ensemble; a specialty group that revives the sounds of period trumpet music. (Read More)
In 2010, the Corps celebrated its 50th anniversary with a collection of 21 songs spanning styles from Bach to Handel to colonial era standards like the National Anthem and the US Army Song.
"Soldiers Farewell Fanfare/Montezuma/March of War/Windsor Park/March of War & Reprise from Warlike" is one of the album's many highlights, and you can enjoy the recording in its entirety here on the FMA. Thanks to Oddio Overplay for alerting us to this fantastic release!