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Drill team shows how it's done at MCLB

October 29, 2004

Albany-- Trumpets, drums and bugles echoed on the parade ground Friday. The United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps from the Marine Barracks in Washington, D. C. played patriotic songs and demonstrated their marching skills in front of a big crowd at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany.

The Silent Drill Platoon impressed the crowd with their precise and quiet routine. Thousands of Junior ROTC students dressed in different military uniforms mixed with MCLB employees and civilians.

"The major thing we want people to take from this ceremony is the precision of the Marine Corps, not necessarily us, but what we represent," said Announcer Staff Sgt. Justin Bakewell. "You know the Marines that we represent that they are not thinking about that are deployed and aren't getting the same recognition as we get out here, that's what it's really about."

The Silent Drill Platoon has 24 Marines who synchronize and twirl ten and a half pound rifles with ease. The Battle Color Ceremony is considered a celebration that brings the Marine Corps to life.

posted at 4:55AM by dave.miller@walb.com