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Fish Drill Team Wins 2014 Mardis Gras Drill Meet!

DrillMaster and Fish Drill Team 2014
DrillMaster with Fish Drill Team and Cadet Staff 2014

If I’m not mistaken, this is number 5!

Fish Drill Team Class of 2017- National Champions
1st platoon exhibition
1st platoon regulation
1st Color Guard
1st Squad regulation
1st Individual Solo
2nd Inspection

Congratulations, cadets!

Drill in the Movies

Many movies have been made over the years that are about a certain aspect of the military. But did you know that some movies have actually had a performing drill team in them?

In my book, Exhibition Drill for the Military Drill Team, Vol. II, I listed, after extensive research, all of the movies I could find that featured drill performances. You’ll have to get the book to find out all of the movies and also learn all of the great information in the book, but I wanted to expand on one of the movies I wrote about.

One of my favorite performances is from A Few Good Men (1992, filmed in October 1991) with Tom Cruise, Jack “You can’t handle the truth!” Nicholson, Demi Moore and Kevin Bacon. At the very beginning you see what looks to be the USMC Silent Drill Platoon, pictured below (from freerepublic.com).


But it’s not! Many of you already know that the team is actually the Fish Drill Team (FDT) from Texas A&M University of College Station, Texas, pictured below from a movie still found on YouTube.

A Few Good Men Drill Team

The FDT does a great job, complete with a Yo, HUT! at the end of the performance. One of the cadets on the team that year was Jason Laymon who now owns his own structural engineering firm in Houston, TX. He was the “Nut” that year for the team. The Nut is the cadet that doesn’t fit into the block. If the block is made up of 12 cadets, he’s number 13. He had one of the close-ups in the movie and I mean CLOSE UP.

Below is a picture of the FDT while performing their exhibition drill routine at Tulane. As I started uploading the picture, I noticed that that’s me in the khakis and blue shirt in the background. Picture courtesy of the TAMU Times.

Fish Drill Team at Tulane

My thanks to Jason for his allowing me to indulge during my research!

2013 Mardis Gras Drill Meet XD Videos: 1st, 2nd & 3rd

This is the first place performance, USMA.

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Second place, Texas A&M.

See the first comment at the bottom of the page for the video. Thanks Chris!!

Third Place, USAFA.

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Mardis Gras Drill Meet 2013 Exhibition Drill Audio Performance Critiques

Blue Ridge Rifles MGDM13The 2013 edition of the Mardis Gras Drill Meet at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. was a big success! Even thought the competition was spread out over the campus due to construction on the football field, all seemed to go fairly smoothly. The rain the had pounded the campus up to the Wednesday prior to the competition made for soggy Regulation Drill and Exhibition Drill fields. However, that did not stop the teams from executing great performances!

The picture at right is my with the cadet leadership and advisers of North Georgia University’s Blue Ridge Rifles. Unfortunately, the team could not come to the competition due to unforeseen issues, but it was great to meet these young men and their coaches!

IMAG0281At left, here I am with Joe Rivas and his wife, Lynn. Joe is the new head of Glendale Industries (www.paradestore.com). Joe and I shared a table that cadets and staff visited.

I spoke with team members, instructors, coaches, parents and exhibition drill fans throughout the day- it was a great honor to be the head judge for the exhibition drill phase along with GySgt Lopez from Pensacola, to be able to receive the report-in and out from each team commander and to offer each team these critiques. I hope my comments are helpful. If you have any questions at all, let me know through my contact page and I will do my best to answer/help.

Upload speeds were slow at the hotel- I made this article as quickly as I could!

West Point Black KnightsIllinois at UC (click here to download Performance Critique) was first to perform. Their routine, all cadet created, introduced the team to rifle throwing with constant exchanges around the field.

The US Military Academy’s Black Knights (click here to download Performance Critique) took the field with complete dominance this year with a routine that was more intricate than in seasons past. I had the honor of getting a picture with the team just after the awards ceremony- at right.

The Air Force Academy’s Cadet Honor Guard Drill Team (click here to download Performance Critique) took the field and gave the Black Knights a run for the money.

The University of Florida (Air Force ROTC) (click here to download Performance Critique) came to the MGDM with ripples to please the eyes and, at one point, commands that were reminiscent of conflicts past when the military carried muskets.

The Citadel (click here to download Performance Critique) ended up splattered with mud on their white uniforms, but had a great performance.

IMAG0284Texas A&M University’s Fish Drill Team (click here to download Performance Critique) took the field with many changes to the traditional routine- and what a breath of fresh air! While much of the tradition is still very evident, the teams routine is much more effective than in years past. literally, everyone in the vicinity of Tulane’s LBC quad was stopped in their tracks outside watching the Fish! The picture is of the FDT after the awards while proud doting parents swarmed about clicking away.

Norwich University’s Shock Platoon (click here to download Performance Critique) came to perform with Fierce Pride!

Texas A&M’s FISH Drill Team: Do you have what it takes?

Great video:

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