The United States Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Corps led by drum major Master Gunnery Sgt. Kevin Buckles perform at the Battle Color Detachment Ceremony held Monday at MCLB Albany. (Staff Photo: Brad McEwen)
'The Commandant's Own' performs at MCLB-Albany
The Commandant's Own, the U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, performs Monday at the U.S. Marine Corps Battle Color Detachment Ceremony aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany. The 85-member band, in its 80th year, is the only drum and bugle corps among the U.S. military branches. The ceremony also featured the U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon and the U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard.
U.S. Marine Corps Battle Color Detachment Ceremony
The U.S. Marine Corps Battle Color Detachment Ceremony is conducted Monday aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany. The ceremony includes the U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard, the U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon and The Commandant's Own -- the U.S. Marine Corps Drum & Bugle Corps. (Staff photos: Brad McEwen)
MCLB-ALBANY — Despite a steady rain, the discipline and professionalism of the United State Marine Corps was on full display Monday as the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon, the Marine Corps Color Guard and “The Commandant’s Own” Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Corps entertained hundreds of spectators with a Battle Color Detachment ceremony at the Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) Albany.
Cancelled last year due to sequestration and budget cuts, the Battle Color Detachment ceremony was back in Albany and audiences were once again treated to the many talents of the three performing ceremonial units from Marine Barracks Washington.
According to MCLB commanding officer Col. Don Davis, the event serves not only as a showcase but as a way for Marine Corps to show appreciation to the community.
“This is a great opportunity for our Marines to see some of their own they have never seen before and it is also a great opportunity to show our appreciation to Albany,” Davis said. “It’s a big deal.”
The ceremony began with the 85-man Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Corps, traditionally known as the “The Commandant’s Own,” entertaining the crowd with a program of traditional marches and contemporary songs, called “Music In Motion.” Selections from the program included Elmer Bernstein’s theme song for the movie The Magnificent Seven, “Rock This Town” by rockabilly band, The Stray Cats, and John Phillip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”
Next on the field was the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon, a 24-man rifle platoon that performed a unique, completely silent, exhibition drill, using no cadence or commands.
First performed in 1948, the silent drill platoon exhibition, showcases a variety of choreographed movements and formations, including rifle spins and rifle toss and an a silent inspection, all using 10 and half pound, fully operational, M1 Grand rifles.
Monday’s performance went smoothly despite the wet conditions and some fatigue from the platoon that had performed in California the night before.
“It was a great time,” said Lance Cpl. Matthew Sann, a member of the platoon. “I definitely didn’t know what to expect coming out into the rain; it was a little weird, the rifle felt different because it was a wet. The inspection went great and we looked crisp as always.”
Wrapping up the event was the presentation of the Marine Color Guard featuring the official Marine Corps Battle Colors maintained by Marine Barracks Washington. The official battle colors feature the 54 campaign streamers, commemorating all the military campaigns in which the Marine Corps has participated.