Posted by Mike on April 20, 2002 at 20:42:35:
In Reply to: Re: US military music questions posted by Max Tunnell on April 19, 2002 at 22:11:48:
Regarding bearskin hats:
There are two units of Organized State Militia in Connecticut which wear bearskin hats in parade. The First Company, Governor's Foot Guard, established in 1771, is based in Hartford, CT. This unit wears a red Grenadier uniform in parade and certain ceremonial occasions. This uniform is similar to that of the Coldstream Guards from the late 1700s and includes a bearskin busby with a brass plate bearing the seal of the Colony (state) of Connecticut. The sousaphone players in this unit wear the same bearskin busby as they play. The Second Company, Governor's Foot Guard, established in 1775, is located in the old second capitol of Connecticut, New Haven. This unit also wears a red Grenadier uniform similar to that of the Coldstream Guards from the late 1700's, but this unit wears a bearskin shako with no ornamentation, quite similar to those worn by the guards at Buckingham Palace. The tuba players in this unit's band wear small 'pillbox' hats instead of the shako probably due to the extreme height of the shako.
Hope this helps.