New Guard America
New Guard America, holder of 13 Guinness World Records and 11 world championship competition titles, is the world's only internationally touring professional civilian fixed bayonet rifle exhibition drill team, and has been captivating audiences across the United States since 1997. Widely regarded as the best in the world, New Guard America, features six rifle sequences of such extreme risk and difficulty, they are the only drill team in the world that can perform them.
The weapons used during their performances are the M1903-03 rifle. These weapons were used by US military during World Wars I and II. Together with the 10 inch fixed steel bayonet, these weapons are a few ounces shy of 10 pounds.
New Guard America regularly trains at their facility in the evenings for about three hours; usually until physical exhaustion or injury, and hold full time jobs during the day. Each member trains and performs strictly for the love of the art, and does so at their own risk.
Their mottos are:
From God our Talents
DILECTIO ARTIS NOSTRAE AETERNA
"The Love For Our Art, Eternal"
New Guard America's founder, Constantine Wilson, credits his choreographic inspiration and success of the team to Christ. "Our routine is very risky," says Mr. Wilson, "and even though we have performed this routine for some time now, we have never lost respect for the potential dangers that are involved. I am thankful for the guidance and protection that God gives us."
Constantine H. Wilson, 52, of Midland, VA died peacefully on May 17, 2017. Born in Washington, D.C., on September 19, 1964, he was the son of Theodore and Evelyn Wilson, who preceded him in death.
Constantine was a very talented man, who had innumerable skills. This talent from God was evident in his work with New Guard America rifle exhibition drill team, which he founded. The team holds thirteen Guinness World Records, while he personally held nine. His team often placed first as they travelled the world in competition.
Over the years, he assisted the US Navy Ceremonial Honor Guard Drill Team as choreographer and instructor and also coached many different rifle teams.
He leaves his devoted wife and sons; Isabelle, Xylan and Nathaniel.