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Marines of 8th & I please the crowd at MCLB

Tifton native Keith Satonica Tifton native Keith Satonica
Shannon Pratt Shannon Pratt
Tamyra Bell Tamyra Bell
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany officials hosted the Marine Corps Battle Color ceremony at MCLB at 10:00 Friday morning. Every year, the Battle Color Detachment travels the nation, performing for hundreds of thousands of spectators. 

The Marine Corps silent drill platoon, color guard and musicians took to the field with pride. The group travels all over the world performing at special events including for President Obama.

Among the group was a Tifton native. "It's just a lot of fun, I get to see a lot of different places, and I have a few more in mind that I'd like to see before I get out, too," said Keith Satonica, percussion head and Tifton native.

But the feeling of putting on a show at home can't be beat. "I get to see family, places that I recognize, its awesome."

 Satonica says a lot of sweat goes into their routine and practicing is a must. "For like 20 seconds of material it will take hours itself to just hitting it over and over again, to make sure the muscle memory gets locked in."

The hard work paid off, audiences wowed as they gazed upon the intricate movements from the drill platoon, whipping around 10 pound rifles effortlessly.

And the catchy tunes were infectious, some couldn't help but move.

It was enough to impress two Lee County teens. "They played uptown funk, that was pretty cool," said Shannon Pratt audience member.

"I liked the drill team with the throwing of the rifles, I loved that," said Tamyra Bell audience member.

The show cemented their idea to pursue their dreams. "I wanna be in the Marines when I grow up, so it was something to look forward to. So, I know what to do when I get in here," said  Pratt.

A dream that Satonica made a reality. "They pay me to hit stuff all day, it's great, I love it."


Comprised of three performing ceremonial units from Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., the Marine Corps Color Guard, the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon and the Marine Corps Drum & Bugle Corps make up the BCD. The crescendo of the event is the Silent Drill Platoon, whose precision moves without verbal commands captivate audiences.

The Marine Corps Color Guard: The United States Marine Corps Color Guard is unique. It is comprised of four Marines: the Color Sergeant, the Marine Corps Color Bearer, and the Left and Right Riflemen. The Color Guard includes the National Colors, carried by the Color Sergeant of the Marine Corps and is the only official Battle Colors of the United States Marines.

The Battle Colors bear the same 50 streamers authorized for the Marine Corps as a whole. These streamers represent U.S. and foreign unit awards as well as those periods of service, expeditions and campaigns in which the Marine Corps has participated from the American Revolution to today. The Color Guard section has three teams and often participates in more than 1,000 ceremonies annually, regularly two to eight per day.

The U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon: A 24-man rifle platoon performs a unique precision drill exhibition. This highly disciplined platoon exemplifies the professionalism associated with the U.S. Marine Corps.

The Silent Drill Platoon first performed in the Sunset Parades of 1948 and received such an overwhelming response that it soon became a regular part of the parades at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps: Traditionally known as "The Commandant's Own," it is comprised of 85 Marines recruited from various civilian drum corps, marching bands and other musical units within the Marine Corps. The unit combines contemporary songs and traditional marching music with uniquely choreographed drill movements in a program entitled "Music in Motion."


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