Philippine Marine Corps Drum & Bugle Team

ecause of the mounting demands for the participation of the Philippine Marines on various significant national events, then COMMANDER GREGORIO LIM Commanding Officer of the Philippine Marines, who was inspired by the performance and visit of the US Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, initiated the organization of the Philippine Marines' own Drum and Bugle Corps. So forth, sometime in 1963, a few supporting weapons personnel who are musically experienced volunteered to establish the core of the first Philippine Marine Drum and Bugle Team. "Team" rather than "Corps" was adopted by the group since the band was composed only of 17 Enlisted Personnel and the Philippine Marines then was only a battalion. The task of molding this group to be true musicians and performers was left to the able conductorship of its first Conductor / Arranger, the Late CPO AVELINO MEJICO PN. Since then the team began providing music on military ceremonies and other official functions. Their unique demonstration and style gave them the opportunity to perform in different parts of the archipelago as well as abroad as part of various Naval Goodwill Missions. The only Drum and Bugle Team in the entire AFP, the MDBT regularly performs hand in hand with the Silent Drill Team of the Marine Security Escort Group. Their routine involves a series of martial musical display known all over the Philippines and in some parts of the world, and their unique styles and well orchestrated precision marching earned for them numerous awards and recognition. Categorically noted as first class performers, they were commonly hailed as "AFP's Ambassadors of Goodwill ".

DBT FILES . . .
by Msgt Justus L Soriano PM, The Baton Master, PMC Drums and Bugle Team

As i scan the pages of CITE MAR 6 2001 2rd Qtr Issue, I chanced upon the topics on "Corps' Notes" by CAPT ROMULO D QUEMADO II PN(M) with regard to the original Marine Song written by LTJG CESAR Y ALZONA PN. To add to the Corps' history, I found it fitting to include another original composition of LTJG ALZONA PN. I discovered this score entitled "FIRST TO FIGHT" sometime in 1992 from a compilation of some old musical scores. FIRST TO FIGHT BORN WITHIN THE WALLS OF CAVITE NAVAL BASE ORGANIZED TO FIGHT TO BE ON THE CHASE WE'RE THE STRONGEST FIGHTER AND ALWAYS ON OUR TOES PHILIPPINE MARINES ARE THE TERROR OF THE FOES FATHER ARMY WATCHES AS MOTHER NAVY SAILS WE'RE ABOARD AND READY TO FIGHT WITHOUT DELAYS LANDING ON THE BEACHES WTH PRAYERS IN OUR HEARTS CREEPING THRU THICK JUNGLES NOT FOUND IN NAVY CHARTS ALL THE SWAMPY ISLES OF SULU ARCHIPELAGO ROCKY MOUNTS AND HILLS AND THE PIRATES OF JOLO COULD NOT STOP OUR LANDINGS, WE'RE ALWAYS ON THE GO PHILIPPINE MARINES ARE THE SYMBOL OF THE LAW PHILIPPINE MARINES SEND THE AIR FORCE WE SHALL GUARD THE WE SHALL GUARD OUR ARE THE FINEST OF THE LAND HOME WHEN WE BEACH TO FIGHT IN LAND NAVY ASHORE AND ON THE SEAS COUNTRY AND FIGHT HER ENEMIES

COPYRIGHT 1995 MANILA, PHILIPPINES WORDS AND MELODY BY: LT(JR) CESAR Y ALZONA PN

*The music played by Philippine Marine Drum and Bugle Team was arranged by Msgt Justus L Soriano PM first played on 07 Nov 93 when they serenaded the guests of honor GEN LISANDRO ABADIA, CSAFP together with CHR Commissioner Haydee Yorac at ther Philippine Navy Officers Club during the Corps' 43rd Anniversary Celebration.