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Marine mellophoner Hathcock living out a dream

Marine mellophoner Hathcock living out a dream

by Drum Corps International

From a United States Marine Corps press release: When people hear the name Hathcock, they automatically refer to the film "Sniper," which was based on Marine Corps scout sniper Gunnery Sgt. Carlos N. Hathcock II. While hearing the name Hathcock may raise the eyebrows of sharpshooters the world abroad, there is another Hathcock playing another tune to tantalize the ears of all those able to hear his cry.

Pfc. John L. Hathcock
This Hathcock's weapon of choice is not the acclaimed sniper rifle used by Marine Corps snipers of history past. The Georgia peach from Brunswick, Pfc. John L. Hathcock, prefers to use the dark melodic sounds from his brass mellophone to subdue his quarries. Since his days with the Brunswick Community Band and the local Coastal Symphony, Hathcock had set his sights on being a part of, "the Commandant's Own," Drum and Bugle Corps. "I've been playing for eight years before joining the Corps," said the 2002 Brunswick High graduate. "Every year I would see, 'the Commandant's Own' perform at the Drum Corps International Finals. Seeing them perform with such greatness inspired me to perfect my art, so that I could stand one day in the ranks of the D and B, next to some of the greats." On Feb. 12, 2004, Hathcock's dream of serving his country as part of "the Commandant's Own" Drum and Bugle Corps had come true. Hathcock is now stationed at "the Oldest Post of the Corps," Marine Barracks 8th and "I." "The Drum and Bugle Corps has a long and meaningful tradition within the Marine Corps, and I am excited to be a part of something so important to the country," said Hathcock as he plans to improve his craft and enhance his musical education through the experience and hard work of being a member of "the Commandant's Own."

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