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This webpage reproduces an article in
Naval Institute Proceedings
Vol. 61 No. 10 (Oct. 1935), pp1492‑1493

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 p1492  Drum and Bugle Corps

By Midshipman E. A. Grantham, U. S. Navya

It is felt by many that the order reproduced below has been the cause of the formation of the drum and bugle corps in that it was further decided that all who played on bugles or "fish horns" be collected together and somewhat isolated as a whole. But in spite of the night practices which keep half the regiment awake and have earned it the name of "The Hell-Cats," the drum and bugle corps is far from a nuisance; it has important functions in the affairs of the regiment.

Certainly no noon or evening meal formation would be complete without the music of the corps as the regiment marches to dinner or supper. Equally important are the drum beats of the corps when the regiment goes to chapel. And at every dress parade, the drum and bugle corps alternates with the band in furnishing the cadence coming on the field and passing in review. At the football games away from home, the corps is the final faithful bit of the regiment to man the stands and it is the first triumphant portion of the regiment to march jubilantly through the streets of Annapolis when returning from a victory.

Wherever the regiment goes on exhibition, there the drum and bugle corps is too. It is as necessary a part of midshipman life and routine as study hour and classes.


Thayer's Note:

a Emery Arden Grantham, born in Albany, Texas on Dec. 4, 1914, would graduate third in the Class of 1937 and go on to serve as a naval constructor, receiving a Master's degree in naval architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He retired as Rear Admiral in 1974 and died in 1998, and is memorialized on the Heroes' Monument in his hometown.

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