Marshall to welcome Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps

Marshall to welcome Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps

The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps from Washington, D.C., part of the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry which has the distinction of being the official escort to the President, will visit Marshall University’s Huntington campus on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 15 and 16.

Several Marshall alumnae serve in the Corps, said Dr. Wendell Dobbs, professor of flute at Marshall. One of them, Jennifer Raczok Bailey (Class of 1996), is a fifer with the Corps and will perform with the group during this visit.

During their visit, the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps will perform during the Department of Music’s convocation at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15. The general public is welcome to attend the convocation, Dobbs said. On Wednesday, members of the Corps will offer master classes to various groups of music majors in the department.

The group’s visit will culminate with a performance during halftime of Marshall’s basketball game with Rice at Cam Henderson Center Wednesday evening, Feb. 16. The game begins at 7  p.m. Persons may contact Frank Giardina in MU Athletics for more information on this event by phone at 304-696-4367 or by e-mail at

Dobbs said he remembers Bailey as an extraordinarily talented flutist.

“She possessed wisdom far beyond her years and was the height of organization,” Dobbs said. “She took care of most the details involved in her course of study. She was a delightful individual who inspired enthusiasm, a natural-born leader. She performed with the University Orchestra and played all four years with Marshall’s Marching Thunder. She graduated Summa Cum Laude.”

After she graduated from Marshall, Bailey joined the United States Marine Corps. She served as a music instructor at the Navy’s School of Music at Little Creek near Norfolk, Va., and then in the band at Quantico outside of Washington, D.C. She then switched services and joined the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps in Washington, D.C., where one of her classmates from Marshall, Lutricia Tampa Fields (Class of 1997), was already serving.

Bailey and Fields were joined last year by a third Marshall University alumna, Deanna Bertsche Hamm (Class of 2001).

For information on the Corps’ visit, contact the Marshall Department of Music at 304-696-3117.