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Bayonets, brass blend in Danville

Cpl. Oscar Franquez (back to camera) inspected Lance Cpl. Joshua Paul, right.
Cpl. Oscar Franquez (back to camera) inspected Lance Cpl. Joshua Paul, right.

People attending the Great American Brass Band Festival in Danville were treated Saturday afternoon to a most unusual sound: silence.

During a performance by the U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon, 24 Marines executed a series of precise drill movements, spinning and tossing their hand-polished M1 Garand rifles with fixed bayonets in an exhibition that "exemplifies the pride and professionalism" the Marines are known for, according to a news release.

The Centre College football stadium was about 80 percent full for the performance, which lasted about 15 minutes.

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