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The Marine Drum and Bugle Corps includes 84 musicians. The Marine Drum and Bugle Corps includes 84 musicians.

Battle Color Ceremony Set for March 7

The ceremony, which is open to the public, will include the Marine Color Guard, the Drum and Bugle Corps and the Silent Drill Platoon.
By Christianne Penunuri

The United States Marine Corps Battle Color Detachment, which has performed at presidential inaugurations and for audiences around the world, will perform at SDSU at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7 on the Sports Deck.

The Battle Color Ceremony is comprised of three performing units from Washington D.C. – the U.S., Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, the Silent Drill Platoon and the Color Guard.

The SDSU ceremony is the first for a college campus on the west coast and the largest public location for the west coast tour.  

The ceremony is free and open to the public.

About the Battle Color Ceremony

The Ceremony features contemporary songs and traditional marching music combined with uniquely choreographed drill movements in a program titled “Music in Motion.” This is currently the only Drum and Bugle Corp in the U.S. Armed Forces.

About the Drum and Bugle Corps

Known as “The Commandant’s Own” for its unique status as a musical group for the Commandant of the Marine Corps, the Drum and Bugle Corps is comprised of 84 Marine musicians, each of whom is a graduate of recruit training.

Wearing ceremonial red and white uniforms, the members are known world-wide as a premier musical marching unit. They travel more than 50,000 miles annually, performing in nearly 500 events around the world. With roots in 18th and 19th century military field commands, the Marine Drum and Bugle Corps was established in 1934 to provide musical support to presidential ceremonies.

About the Silent Drill Platoon

The Silent Drill Platoon performs a precision drill with fixed bayonets atop highly polished M-1 rifles; the Marines entertain with intricate drill routines performed without verbal commands.

A Silent Drill Platoon inspector highlights the performance with an unrivaled inspection of his Marines, performing difficult rifle spins and exchanges. A 24-man rifle platoon that performs with exacting precision, the Silent Drill platoon members are drawn from Camp Pendleton and Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

About the Color Guard

The Battle Color includes fifty-four streamers that represent U.S. and foreign period of service, expeditions and campaigns in which the Marine Corps has participated from the American Revolution to today. The streamers represent the history and accomplishments of the Marine Corps.