When I was in elementary, I’ve always wanted to be part of our Drum and Lyre team but ended up being part of our School Choir. Yes, a school choir yet I don’t really sing well. I remember performing in front of many crowds because we had too since we’re always part of almost all the programs we had in our school. Good thing, i didn’t pursue that in high school, otherwise it will be a shame but my intention to be a part of Drum and Lyre or even Drum and Bugle remains the same. Honestly, I don’t know how to play any instruments (brass or percussion) but I am willing to be trained because I really find them so amusing.
With their colorful costumes, synchronized march and of course awesome performances, who wouldn’t be so entertained when you see this group marching on the street? Each marching unit has their own gimmick to please the crowd. A Drum and Bugle corp marching unit usually consist of marching brass instruments such as baritone, tuba, euphonium, French horns and Bach trumpets. A marching unit also includes percussion instruments including snare drums, tenor drums, bass drums and cymbals. To make the marching band more entertaining, they are also accompanied by color guards who performs a choreographed moves using their own equipment such as flags, mock rifles and more. They also include majorettes.
As for the music, they often do jazz, new age, classical, and rock music but modern Drum and Bugle Corp used to adapt modern music as well and provide their very own interpretation to it using their marching instruments.
Here’s Makati City Lancers Drum and Bugle Corps playing Adele’s Rolling in the Deep!
Here’s the same marching band performing Sia’s Titanium