Speed Reads

1, 2, 3, 4, I declare a drum war

U.S. Marines and the South Korean Army engaged in a friendly drum battle

Earlier this month, the Okinawa-based U.S. III Marine Expeditionary Force band and the Republic of Korea Army Band met up for a parade in South Korea. Before the parade, though, the Marines and South Korean Army drummers decided to have an old-fashioned drum-off. Not to ruin the ending, but the percussion war ended in the most American way possible: A tie. In other words, everybody won — but especially the guy who had the foresight to capture this friendly battle on video. --Peter Weber