Marine Barracks information
The ‘Eighth and Eye Marines’ are on largely ceremonial duty at the nation’s oldest Marine Corps post. Most famously, this is the home barracks of the Marine Corps Band, once headed by John Philip Sousa, king of the military march, who was born nearby at 636 G St SE. On Friday evenings in summer the two-hour ceremonial drill parade featuring the band, drum and bugle corps and silent drill team is a must-see. Make reservations online weeks in advance, or show up for general admission at 8pm when they distribute any unclaimed tickets.