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NEW YORK -- Gunnery Sgt. Victor Miranda, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band drum major and a New York native, marches the band up 5th Ave during the annual Columbus Day Parade, here, Oct. 11. The parade organizers estimated more than 100 bands, floats and contingents marched in the annual parade and nearly one million spectators watched the procession. (Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Randall A. Clinton / RELEASED)
Military Bands Buying $11,000 Flutes Face Cuts From Washington

The Pentagon is in charge of more than 130 military bands. To keep all 6,500 musicians in line and in...