Marine band rocks out to Macklemore with rap, choreography at unit ball


Kick off your Thanksgiving weekend with this kicking video, featuring the Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band, out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

It’s not your typical Marine Corps concert. The band rocks out with some Macklemore hits, featuring “Thrift Shop” (with a lyric rewrite) and finishing off with “Can’t hold us.” It just gets better and better a rapper rolls in on a scooter, then more Marines bounce in with a shopping cart…and what look like thrift store uniforms?


“So this is our 3rd year doing these knock-down/drag-out Birthday Ball concerts… SSgt Justin Lienemann did an awesome job rewriting the lyrics and SSgt Josh Lively did a great job putting the whole thing together,” the video posters wrote. “Here’s to 238 years of the Marine Corps doing things like no one else. Semper Fidelis!”

Turns out the 3rd MAW Band is known for putting on a good show.

Last year, they did a mashup of “Gangnam Style” and “Thunderstruck” featuring a Psy impersonator, below:


And they kicked off their birthday ball show tradition in 2011 with an impressive vocal/instrumental rendition of “Bohemian Rhapsody” here:



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  1. Me recuerdan cuando era de las fuerzas especiales en cuba…ese es uno de los momentos felices en el ejército puesto que en pocos momentos usando el uniforme militar puedes actuar como un niño. …bien por los MARINES…mis mas sinceros HONORES,RESPETO Y SALUDO PARA TODOS LOS MIEMBROS DE LAS FUERZAS ARMADAS DE ESTE PAÍS. ….

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