Now this is stepping!
February 28, 2010 5:31 PM Subscribe
The Shattuck Crack Squad
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(be sure to turn on your sound) started in 1882 as the "Far Famed Fancy Drill Squad" at Shattuck School, a military prep school in Faribault, Minnesota. It has included famous members, such as Marlon Brando
. Based on a drill manual developed by John J. Pershing, the squad marches using the "Zouave" step at 250 steps a minute and uses Springfield 45-70 breech-loading rifles from the Civil War era (pdf)
. They have won many drill competitions, and their performance is thrilling and fascinating. It even has its own Facebook page
Although it is passed down from year to year among high school boys, who select their successors through grueling tryouts and hone their skill during long practice and enormous self-discipline, even the old guys can come back and do it
(slow load and a tiny picture, but worth it). It may seem militaristic, but even in the days when Shattuck (now Shattuck-St. Mary's)
required all boys to be part of the junior ROTC program, the Crack Squad was staunchly opposed to control by the Army instructors and had only an English teacher as its civilian advisor. In the late '60s and early '70s, many of its members were opposed to the Vietnam War.