The Bass Drum Section performs on custom, handmade rope-tension bass drums in ceremonies, parades, and concerts.
Our bass drum musicians come from a variety of backgrounds including classical percussion, drumset, Ancient fife and drum, and Drum Corps International. It is these broad stylistic influences that make the section so unique.
Drums have been used throughout military history for both entertainment and coordinating troops on the battlefield. During the American Civil War, the bass drum most often accompanied regimental bands with a steady marching beat. In the 20th century, rudimental bass drumming developed into a unique percussive art form, a tradition our Bass Drum Section continues to this day!
The Bass Drum Section performs on handmade, rope-tensioned bass drums designed specifically for their performance demands. The drums measure 26" in diameter and 16" across the shell. All drums are emblazoned with the Regimental Colors of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) flanked by the campaign streamers for all battles in which The Old Guard has participated.