Friday, November 11, 2022

A musical Veterans Day 2022 with 'The Commandant's Own,' the Army and Navy drum lines, and Marine Band San Diego

Happy Veterans Day! As I have done since 2014, I'm celebrating today as one of my marching music holidays. I begin with U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps | 2022 | DCI World Championship Finals, which Drum Corps International (DCI) uploaded yesterday, the Marine Corps Birthday.

"The Commandant's Own," United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps performs during the DCI World Championship Finals at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, August 13, 2022.
This clip is nearly as much about the 50th anniversary of the first DCI Championship as it is about the "The Commandant's Own," the United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps. I marched in one of the founding corps, the Anaheim Kingsmen, although six years after it won the first championship. I find it ironic that the two surviving founding directors are of corps that are no longer with us, one of whom, Blue Rock, never made DCI finals, although they competed in prelims. At least De La Salle Oakland made finals in 1974, the first Canadian corps to make DCI finals.

DCI also uploaded U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps Drum Line in the Lot yesterday.

The drum line of "The Commandant's Own," The U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps warms up inside Lucas Oil Stadium prior to their performance as part of the 2022 DCI World Championship Finals, August 13, in Indianapolis.
At least this is all about "The Commandant's Own," if only one section.

Continuing with percussion, here's the Army-Navy Drumline Battle 2021 (4K 60 fps) by Mitchell Vinzon.

From the 122nd Army-Navy Football Game on December 11, 2021 at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ
I played brass, not percussion, but I do know enough to say that the Navy drum line played a more challenging technical program with more precise execution, while the Army drum line played a more accessible repertoire with greater showmanship. Since Navy has a drum corps, while the Army Spirit band is more of a showband, that's not surprising.

I conclude the musical portion of today's celebration with Music213's Marine Band San Diego - Disneyland: Veterans Day 2012 on the tenth anniversary of the performance.

Marine Band San Diego marching through Main Street, U.S.A. inside Disneyland on Veterans Day, Sunday November 11th 2012.
It may have been Veterans Day, but as I wrote last year, "it does look a lot like Christmas in 'The Happiest Place on Earth.'"

I close today's post with the following images from National Day Calendar.

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