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Naval Academy tradition turns 100 with a beat

Naval Academy tradition turns 100 with a beat

"Fall in," the band director shouted. "Here we go." The bass drums began. Boom … boom … boom, boom, boom. The snare drums started. Tap-tap-tap-tap ... tap-tap-tap-tap. "Smooth your line," shouted director Jeff Weir. Cymbals crashed and crashed and nearly 100 midshipmen marched in rhythm (or mostly) at the U.S. Naval Academy. "Feet together!" The academy marching band formed a century ago (16 midshipmen performed at a 1914 baseball game against St. John's College). Since then, the Drum & Bugle Corps has played for presidents — John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan — also for families at...

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