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Marine Corps Battle Color Detachment performs at Parris Island


The public got a chance to see a live performance of the world famous Marine Corps Battle Color Detachment, featuring the Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, Silent Drill Platoon and the Color Guard.

They performed Wednesday at Parris Island.

For the public, it's a privilege to be able to watch the Marine Corps Battle Color Detachment perform.

For the members of the Marine Corps, they say it's an honor to be a part of it.

They've traveled the world but are proud to be back where it all started. 

With the American flag as a backdrop, the Marine Corps Drum & Bugle Corps wowed the crowd. 

"I get to perform for a living, and I'm a Marine at the same time. It's great performing, it's very exciting, especially playing in front of recruits. It takes you back to being in boot camp," said Benjamin Terzich, a member of the US Marine Drum & Bugle Corps Member.

With similar precision but far more subtle sound, the Silent Drill Platoon is highly disciplined. They train for countless hours with their M-1 Garand rifles, each weighing 10 and a half pounds.

"We go through a school from November through February called the Silent Drill School from 0600 to 1800, and once we make the platoon, we spend about four hours Monday through Friday just strictly practicing all the spins and drill movements," said Peter Eleey, a Silent Drill Platoon member.

All movements are performed with no verbal commands perfectly.

Concluding the ceremony was the Marine Corps Color Guard.

This section of the Marine Barracks Washington has several teams that participate in more than 1,000 ceremonies each year.

Peter Wright, a Marine himself, said he's been to more than a dozen of these performances.

He drove down from Charleston for this one.

"Outstanding, always outstanding, always flawless. It's always just as good as the first time I saw it," he said.  

Peter brought his son, Jack, with him today.

It was his first time seeing this performance.

"I like how they threw their rifles in the air and how they marched," he said.

The Marine Corps Battle Color Detachment now heads back to Washington, DC.

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