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thedrifter
03-16-07, 09:22 AM
Battle Color Ceremony

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The drumline of the United States Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Corps from Washington D.C. marches across Sorensen Field during Wednesday's Battle Color Ceremony at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Barstow.

All the way from the Marine Corps barracks in Washington D.C., the United States Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Corps and Silent Drill team performed at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in the annual Battle Color Ceremony. The Drum and Bugle Corps was formed in 1934 and the Silent Drill team in 1948.

The Drum and Bugle Corps show, titled "Music in Motion," included the Army classic "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," the John Phillip Sousa march "Stars and Stripes Forever," and a collection of James Bond favorites. Early battle musicians were used to pass commands to soldiers during battles because the cry of a bugle or the smack of a drum head could be heard over the noises of the battlefield.

The Silent Drill team, a platoon of 24 Marines, executed precise and complicated movements with bayoneted M-1 rifles. The "silent" of the Silent Drill team comes from the unique fact that they perform the entire routine without commands or cadences.

Both groups perform across the world and weekly summer shows in Washington, D.C.