A marching band is a sporting group of instrumental musicians that generally performs outdoors. Instrumentation typically includes brass, woodwinds, and percussion instruments, and the music usually incorporates a strong rhythmic component suitable for marching. Marching bands grew out of military bands, which used to control troop movements on the field. What military traditions survive in modern marching bands?
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Nol became defense minister and army chief of staff in Norodom Sihanouk's Cambodian government in 1955, later serving as premier (1966-67). In 1970, he led the coup that deposed Sihanouk, and assumed control of the government. He attempted unsuccessfully to suppress the Communist Khmer Rouge guerillas, and his efforts plunged the country into civil war. He was ultimately forced to leave the country in 1975. How did Nol's ousting of Sihanouk in 1970 affect the US?
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The last state president of South Africa, De Klerk served from 1989 to 1994. He was the last white man to lead the country and is best known for agreeing to end apartheid, South Africa's racial segregation policy. He supported the transformation of South Africa into a democracy by entering into the negotiations that resulted in all citizens, including the country's black majority, gaining equal voting and other rights. With whom did De Klerk share the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize?