Honor Guards & Fife and Drums
Gary McBain (GMCBAIN@MAIL.HENRYFORD.CC.MI.US)
Fri, 16 May 1997 09:31:59 -0400
For some reason I layed awake last night thinking about honor guards
and fife and drum corps. Let me explain. I am the pathfinder coordinator
of our troop and am always thinking of stuff to keep the guys interested.
When I was a Webelos Leader I had five scouts who not only were
really good at doing flag ceremonies but really enjoyed it. They got to the
point that they would march in step, wear their best uniforms etc.
So.......naturaly I'm thinking of lending these guys or any other scouts
who show interest, out to various schools, ceremonies, whatever.
Does any other troops have an honor guard that regularly goes around
to other organizations to do flag ceremonies?
The other idea is fife and drums. My youngest son plays (pounds on,
beats, thumps, well, he makes alot of noise anyway) the drum in his
school band. There are probably 2-3 others from his school who play
drums and are in our troop. In addition, we have an older scout who
can play just about any instrument he picks up. On one trip he bought a
tin whistle/flute which within the hour he was playing all kinds of songs
on even though he had never played one before. He was quite
entertaining. I was thinking of getting him and one or two drummers
together to form a troop fife and drum corps. I think it would be fun to
have them march through summer camp playing Yankee Doodle or some
other colonial dity. Anyone have such a group?
Man, I gotta stop thinking so much, I think I just created two more things I
don't have time to do.
Gary McBain, ASM
Troop 254 Sterling Hts. MI
Clinton Valley Council
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