It's like the movie Drumline, in real life.
October 17, 2014 6:32 PM   Subscribe

 
The Korean cymballist is a very expressive player.

The bit where the Marines played the Korean's drums was also pretty great. I'm not sure if that's the drumline equivalent of throwing shade, but everyone seemed to take it in good spirits.
posted by jacquilynne at 6:40 PM on October 17, 2014 [1 favorite]


A good time was had by all!
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 6:47 PM on October 17, 2014


So great.

Is this where I put the video of the Japan Self Defense Force, United States Marine Corps, and United States Army bands playing the Final Fantasy theme? I think it is.
posted by Sokka shot first at 6:51 PM on October 17, 2014 [2 favorites]


I am such a sucker for marching band drums! Agreed that it might have been a different outcome if it were cymbalist v cymbalist.
posted by Emor at 8:02 PM on October 17, 2014


I'm not sure if that's the drumline equivalent of throwing shade...

Final Battle scene from Drumline (2002). (The movie's underdogs are in yellow)

I'm no expert, but it sure seemed like it.
posted by JoeZydeco at 8:32 PM on October 17, 2014


Great exhibition. The Americans are more polished and varied, but the competition was done in the right spirit. Given better instruction, the Koreans will catch up in no time! Anyway, it sure is better than war!
posted by Vibrissae at 9:34 PM on October 17, 2014 [2 favorites]


I loved it. However, I did notice one difference between this video and Drumline.
posted by BentFranklin at 9:44 PM on October 17, 2014 [1 favorite]


Awesome. Thank you for sharing.
posted by scaryblackdeath at 9:49 PM on October 17, 2014


I was in marching band in middle school and HS so this was fun to watch!

It's amazing what difference the quad toms make for the US side. Slightly unfair advantage, imo ;P

The Korean side wasn't bad at all. Would love to see more drumming videos if people have them!
posted by raihan_ at 9:57 PM on October 17, 2014


Yaaaaaaaaaaay this is the best also I love Drumline.
posted by minsies at 12:17 AM on October 18, 2014


Would love to see more drumming videos if people have them!
Try the Top Secret Drum Corps at the 2012 REMT. These guys never fail to impress.
posted by Emperor SnooKloze at 1:36 AM on October 18, 2014 [1 favorite]


I'm no expert, but the Koreans won the cymbals battle, right?

*pssssschivk*
...
...
*clash!*
*clash!*
posted by cromagnon at 3:02 AM on October 18, 2014


I love that we live in a world today where things happen, and we get to see them.
posted by mikelieman at 4:33 AM on October 18, 2014 [2 favorites]


The Republic of Korea Ministry of National Defense Traditional Band performs music from the Joseon period, such as music for royal processions, clad in Joseon period military band attire.

At National Cemetery event
At Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

(The cymbals in the Army band video reminded me of Korean traditional music, which reminded me of the Korean military's traditional music band. Also those Korean Army band members are conscripts doing their mandatory military service of 21 months, so probably have spent a lot less time doing marching band music than those U.S. Marines.)
posted by needled at 4:44 AM on October 18, 2014


I like to imagine this is actually the North Korean band, and this is just how we resolve conflicts now. With marching band competitions and dance-offs.
posted by heathkit at 6:54 AM on October 18, 2014 [1 favorite]


With marching band competitions and dance-offs

All conflict should be resolved Beat It style,
posted by echocollate at 8:07 AM on October 18, 2014


This is fun, but no military drum line or drum corps anywhere in the world is as good as the kids in DCI get every summer:

Check

it

out

(If you have a hard time telling how much better these kids are than the military examples above, listen to the snares: in a line of 9 players, the DCI snare lines play these extremely complex parts and are so perfectly precise that they often sound like one, single player. The military drumline examples--and the players in that final scene in Drumline--do not achieve that level of precision. Or perhaps listen to the bass drums, with the fast, running lines up and down 5 or 6 drums, sounding like one person playing it all it's so tight. Amazing stuff.)

What's most interesting to me is that the American marching band/drum corps style of percussion (the instruments, the playing, the drill, etc.) seems to have been adopted all over the world, even by traditional groups.
posted by LooseFilter at 8:51 AM on October 18, 2014 [5 favorites]


It's a shame that the camera angle didn't allow a better look at the Marines' fancy stick work. I always enjoy that.
posted by oakroom at 1:43 PM on October 18, 2014


That was outstanding. Thank you.
posted by ostranenie at 7:26 PM on October 18, 2014


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