About The DrillMaster

Meet John K. Marshall

What Others Say

I bought all of your books and wish I had them 20 years ago. They have been/are a great help. I teach Air Force Junior ROTC in Rock Hill, SC and use the info all the time.
~Larry W.

Your books are fantastic!
~Albuquerque High School AJROTC

I find myself reading your every post on Facebook in addition to saving them for future use in our Honor Guard. The information you provide is invaluable. Yes, you can teach an old Marine new tricks. I plan to purchase your book for use in our program.
~OFC. Robert V.

John trained the newly formed honor guard for the UC Berkeley Police Department. He brought the needed expertise to teach ceremonial honors to experienced and inexperienced team members. He tuned his book, The Honor Guard Manual, to our needs and coordinated the training with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. He has become a mentor and a friend and I highly recommend him to all PD honor guards.
OFC. George H.

All About The DrillMaster

John K. Marshall, The DrillMaster, served 20 years in the US Air Force with 14 of those years dedicated to the Air Force Base Honor Guard program. He retired in 2005. When his wife, an Air Force nurse, was stationed at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany, he became the first and only retired member of the Spangdahlem Base Honor Guard after both the officer in charge and non-commissioned officer in charge were eager to have his experience on the team. By joining the Spangdahlem team, he also became the first and only AP3 member in Europe and quite possibly overseas.

He has been a member, instructor and/or judge for marching bands, drum and bugle corps, indoor guard and percussion units, military drill teams and honor guard units around the world. In 2009, through DrillMaster Press, he began writing and publishing the first modern books for the military drill world. and is listed in the Marching Round Table Judge’s Academy Judges Listing.

It’s not only about the length of experience, but also the breadth.

During the summer of 2013, The DrillMaster taught the first ever Cadet Joint Service Honor Guard Academy at the NCTC along with hand-picked ceremonial guardsmen and Drillers from across the country. The course is a two-week intensive that continues to this day for cadets from all organizations and is based on his book, The Honor Guard Manual.

“Education is key!” is the phrase used most often on DrillMaster social media accounts and continuing education is The DrillMaster goal. To this end, he is determined to study pageantry arts and apply that education to the military drill world. John Marshall, The DrillMaster, is now a certified and registered Field and Ensemble Visual adjudicator with the Judges Academy.