The often-quoted “Military justice is to justice what military music is to music” is attributed to George Clémenceau, a French statesman who led France during the First World War and was one of the principal architects of the Treaty of Versailles. What he meant by this is that : “ La justice militaire n’est pas la justice, la musique militaire n’est pas la musique. »
Yet, the Top Secret Drum Corps, from Basel, Switzerland which performed at the 2012 Edinburgh Tattoo, and which is made up of 25 non-military drummers and color guard members, have shown that military music can produce beauty of form, rhythm, harmony and expression of emotion as real music is supposed to do. All of which played by civilians not members of the military.
The challenge now is to bring military justice everywhere with the same amalgam of melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre, structure and occasional silence with increased participation by civilian members of society to challenge this enduring citation by Clémenceau.