United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps: Great music and dapper uniforms

In the 1700s and 1800s, the Marine Corps would communicate commands with drums and bugles, because the powerful cadences and tones could be heard through the din of combat. These days, the talented musicians of “The Commandant’s Own” United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps are still full-fledged Marines, trained in infantry skills. But luckily for us, we need not visit the battlefield to hear them. They regularly perform at ceremonies and concerts in the DC area and all over the world. Visitors to the Library of Congress on December 9 were treated to a terrific holiday concert in the Library’s Great Hall. Who knew “Winter Wonderland” could sound so patriotic?

Thanks to these Marines for kindly letting me snap their pictures.

All images by angela n.

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