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Marines with the Battle Color Detachment stand at attention after a song during a performance aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., March 14.

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Battle Colors Detachment woos crowd with bang of the drum, slap of the rifles

14 Mar 2014 | Cpl. Melissa Eschenbrenner 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing

The Battle Colors Detachment of the Commandant's Drum and Bugle Corps and Marine Corps Silent Drill Team performed for hundreds of spectators aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., March 14.

Before the silent drill performance, “The Commandant's Own” Drum and Bugle Corps wooed onlookers as they took the field wearing their distinguished red coats and white trousers - boasting their astonishing musical skills.

“It’s always first class coming from these guys,” said Col. John Farnam, commanding officer of MCAS Miramar. “They really represent us as the Marine Corps and they put it on display for everyone to see.”

After The Commandant’s Own performance, the Silent Drill Team quietly marched onto the field, with the occasional loud clap of their rifles echoing as they twirled their weapons in unison, demonstrating their flawless drill skills.

Marines, Sailors and family members applauded and were astounded by the precise movement of the platoon.
“It’s a wonderful event,” said Sgt. Maj. Richard Charron, sergeant major of MCAS Miramar. “I know the community loves it as well as all of the Marines."

Close order drill originated on the battlefield, but serves in different capacities today. The Marine Corps has used drill movements to teach discipline, order precise unit movement, develop response to orders and teach leaders how to assert proper commands.

The Battle Colors Detachment shows great attention to detail and sets the example for the commandants’ Reawakening initiative, explained Farnam.

With a reputation of perfection throughout the globe, the silent drill platoon reminds spectators of the proud esprit de corps found in Marines serving all around the world.

“[The Marines] got a snap shot back to the basics of what we are and what we stand for,” said Farnam. “I think it’s a re-motivator; it re-motivates everybody and sure re-motivated me.”

Marines of the Battle Colors Detachment met with spectators after the show and left all who saw the performance an unforgettable sight.