"The Commandant's Own," United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps performs during the DCI Celebration at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, August 14, 2021.It was good to see drum corps return to the field again this year, including "The Commandant's Own." This reminds me of what I wrote last year.
Speaking of being right for the wrong reasons, I wrote "I fully expect Peak Oil, economic decline, and social upheaval to end the national touring model, which has been around since 1971, by 2020" in Christmas in July eight years ago. Well, the 2020 drum corps season has been cancelled, so the national touring model is in a coma, not dead, but Peak Oil had nothing to do with it. Instead, it was the pandemic that drove what passes for economic decline and social upheaval and that caused there to be no competitive drum corps this year. I'll have to see if the pandemic ends next year and the activity can be revived. Stay tuned.Junior drum corps did not compete on the field this year, but they did perform, so that's a start. Let's see if competition resumes next year, when the pandemic may actually be over.
Not only does "The Commandant's Own," The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, perform at DCI, its percussion section performs at Winter Guard International. Here is the unit's own video of "Until Valhalla" USMC Drum Corps 2021 Indoor Percussion.
“The Commandant’s Own” is proud to present their 2021 Winter Guard International exhibition performance entitled “Until Valhalla.”That was a musically interesting show, even if it didn't feature the movement of the performance I featured in Two drum corps and some of my favorite bands marching in the New Year for 2018. That written, I think it is still good for recruiting.
For an encore, I'm sharing Music213's Marine Band - Disneyland Main Street U.S.A. : Veterans Day 2011 on the tenth anniversary of the performance.
From MCAS Miramar - San Diego, CA The Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band performing standstills thru Main Street, U.S.A. inside Disneyland Park on Veterans Day, Friday November 11th 2011.There is even a drum corps moment in this video of a marching band, as the Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band played "Trooper Salute" at 9:05. Also, it does look a lot like Christmas in "The Happiest Place on Earth."
I conclude today's entry with the following wish.