Francis Scott Key Post 11
Purpose: To organize, train, promote and supervise a uniform group, such as a drum and bugle corps, color guard, chorus, firing squad, etc…
The American Legion invented drum corps, and perfected the beauty, excitement, and preciseness of the modern parade; and has been the unquestionable leader and staunchest supporter of amateur musical drill units since 1921.
Post 11 has been active for decades with Color Guard, Flag Details, Honor Guards, Firing Squads, etc. Our archives indicate that a committee was established 10 August 1921 to explore forming a Drum & Bugle Corps. Based on the findings a Drum & Bugle Corps Committee was named 13 September 1921 and on 11 June 1929 the Post voted to form the group. Post 11 Drum & Bugle Corps was formed on 17 September 1929. The group went through many changes over the years, and was the Department of Maryland Champion for 1933, and represented the Dept. of MD 1934-1935. It was forced to be inactive during WW II, but was reactivated following the War until 1955 when it disbanded.
After the Drum & Bugle Corps disbanded, the Post retained an active Color Guard and established a Firing Squad in 1981. In 1983 Past Commanders requested and were granted to be named the Post Honor Guard. A distinction still proudly displayed in Past Commanders Legion Caps today.