Bugler Moriarty joins elite Marines at WMC CARROLL COUNTY DIVERSIONS


Shawn H. Moriarty has donned a red jacket and tooted a bugle around the country as a member of the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps.

The 1989 Westminster High School graduate will perform Sunday with the corps at Western Maryland College.

The Marine Corps' elite musical unit and the Silent Drill Platoon will give a free performance at 4 p.m. at Bair Stadium.

The marching groups are performing at the request of Maryland Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, R-6th.

Corporal Moriarty, 22, has played the soprano bugle with the Drum and Bugle Corps for three years.

He lived in Westminster for six years as a teen-ager and now lives in Alexandria, Va.

The corps has about 80 members, who tour the country giving performances of contemporary and marching music. The group performs regularly in Washington, D.C., during the summer.

The musicians are asked to entertain on special occasions, Corporal Moriarty said. Since he has been a member, the group has performed for President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore and at a retirement party for Gen. Colin L. Powell, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Corporal Moriarty said he plans to make his career in the Marines.

At the end of the performance Sunday, the Marines will honor the only Carroll countian killed during Operation Desert Storm and his family.

Charles L. and Sandi Bowman Sr. of Manchester will be sitting with Mr. Bartlett in front of the grandstand in the stadium. Their son, Charles L. Bowman Jr., 20, was killed in southern Iraq in April 1991. He was a specialist fourth class in the Army and a 1988 graduate of North Carroll High School.

To conclude their show, the Drum and Bugle Corps, followed by the Color Guard and the Silent Drill Platoon, will parade past the grandstand for what is called "pass in review."

Mr. Bowman, a Marine veteran who served in Vietnam, said he and his wife were pleased that Mr. Bartlett asked them to sit with him for the honor.

"It's usually reserved for higher-class people than we are," Mr. Bowman said. "It's nice they thought of us."

The Battle Color Ceremony to be performed Sunday consists of three parts: the Battle Colors, the Drum and Bugle Corps and the Silent Drill Team.

The Silent Drill Platoon joins the corps midway through the ceremony.

The 24-man rifle platoon will perform a 10-minute precision drill exhibition. Members will twirl, toss, catch and balance their M-1 rifles with bayonets fixed and stocks hand-varnished.

Then come the Battle Colors -- 47 streamers atop the official colors of the U.S. Marines representing the battles, campaigns and expeditions in which the Marines have played a part for more than 200 years. The National Anthem will be played.

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