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A little trivia:  Did you know in Biblical times it was the musicians and singers that led the armies into battle?  Take a look at the following link for the answer.  The Power of Praise.


The United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps is the drum and bugle corps of the United States Marine Corps. The D&B is now the only full-time active duty drum corps in the United States Armed Forces.

The history of the unit can be traced to the early days of the Marine Corps. In the 18th and 19th centuries, military musicians (“field musics”) provided a means of passing commands to Marines in battle. The sound of various drum beats and bugle calls that could be heard over the noise of the battlefield signaled Marines to attack the enemy or retreat. Through the 1930s, Marine Corps posts still authorized a number of buglers and drummers to play the traditional calls and to ring a ship’s bell to signal the time.

In the early 1950s, the unit gained considerable acclaim performing for an increasing number of civilian audiences. Originally their instrumentation was similar to the other drum and bugle corps of the era. It has evolved along with civilian corps, although usually adapting trends after they have become established by civilian corps.

Music composed specifically for their unique selection of instruments helped establish their reputation for excellence during this period. These factors also led to the unit’s formal designation as “The Commandant’s Own,” a title noting their special status as musicians for the Commandant of the Marine Corps.

Additional references found in the Bible where victories were won by the use of musicians leading the line of defense in battles.

‘If you go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresses you, then you shall blow an alarm with the trumpets; and you shall be remembered before the Lord your God, and you shall be saved from your enemies.’ (Numbers 10:9)

Trumpet blowing played a significant role in the defeat of God’s enemies under both Joshua’s (Joshua 6:4-6) and Gideon’s (Judges 7:22) leadership. In each case, the decisive point of the battle was won before they even physically touched the enemy.

The above photos were taken at Pittsburgh’s 2012 Three Rivers’ Regatta, when the United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corp preformed the opening ceremony.

More of Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Leading Lines can be found on her blog.  I hope you will take a look and join in.




  1. Awesome photos, Francine. The lesson is a great reminder too! Lift your battle to God and Praise, Praise, Praise the Almighty!
    God Bless you & yours!

  2. “Onward Christian Soldiers, Marching as to War…”
    I’ve always loved the way they move.
    God bless you!

  3. Great shots … and I appreciate your explanations. Thank you!

  4. Love your take on the theme, Francine. I was also thinking, “onward Christian soldiers.” 🙂

  5. What an informative post, Francine, and unexpected response to the challenge. Very clever of you. 🙂

  6. Fantastic pics. I love a good military band.

  7. Great shots, I love to see military parades they look so smart and handsome.

  8. I may be Canadian and proud of it, I love the United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corp love seeing them perform.

  9. Thanks Francine; I’am a X Marine with 6 yr’s service thanks for the trivia. Beautiful article… Blessings Bro pat..

  10. I prefer when the soldiers make music instead of killing each other.

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  12. Let the trumpets sound and strike up the band! great post

  13. so interesting, great photos

  14. Beautiful pictures and great information, Francine. I love these pictures for three specific reasons:
    1. They are great shots…
    2. They are shots of military individuals, and I am a Vietnam Era Veteran who served my country in the United States Air Force…
    3. These pictures were taken in Pittsburgh, and I am from Pennsylvania–born and raised northeast of Pittsburgh!

    • Thank you for your comment about my photos. Thank you for your service to our country. Especially in the Vietnam Era, I lost a number of friends in that war. Thanks for commenting, neighbor.


  15. Thanks for the info and beautiful photos.

  16. Ooh, I love a good marching band. Great shots, Francine! xxx

  17. Everytime I look at our soldiers, they all look so dignified. They are our heroes that defends for our our freedom everyday. Perfect selection my friend.

  18. A very informative post … and the photo’s look so bright. The soldiers look so special in their uniforms. I always like to see military parades because of that. Very nice entry ….!!!!

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