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Drum and Bugle Corps

The Air Force Academy Drum and Bugle Corps performs during halftime of the Air Force-New Mexico game at Falcon Stadium Nov. 13, 2010. The Falcons, 7-4 and 4-3 in the Mountain West Conference, travel to UNLV Nov. 18 for their final game of the regular season. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan)

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Since 1948, the Air Force Drum and Bugle Corps has entertained audiences across the nation and abroad with its thrilling performances. The corps was reassigned from Washington, D.C., to the Academy in 1963 and turned over to the Cadet Wing in 1972. Since then, they have won 20 of the 30 Inter-Service Academy Drum and Bugle Corps Competitions. The corps exemplifies the precision and musical blend of a well-directed band or orchestra, and the showmanship of a Broadway production. Performing on the average of 35 times a month, they have become known as the Academy's ambassadors of precision drill and musical pageantry.

Known as the "Flight of Sound," the corps' primary mission is to support Cadet Wing activities, including military formations and all Academy football and basketball games. An extension of the mission continues in the community with concerts and field exhibitions, band festivals and various military ceremonies.

The Cadet Drum and Bugle Corps is comprised of 120 cadets and has represented the Air Force Academy at Presidential Inaugural parades, Macy's Thanksgiving Day parades, Tournament of Roses parades, Mardi Gras parades and Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies.

(Current as of April 2009)