Drury, who is the 11th director of the Pride of West Virginia and a WVU Marching Band alum, said the band has been performing the show every few years since he was a freshman at WVU in 1989.
"I did perform it myself in the band," he said, saying that year may have been the first time the band did that particular show to honor the Armed Forces.
Drury said he was surprised by the amount of views on the video.
"We didn't even realize at first how big the number was," he said. "We started getting tons of thank-you notes and emails from vets and active duty men and women who had been told about the video and got a chance to watch it. It's been amazing."
Frank Johnson, a West Virginia resident who is currently serving in Afghanistan as a command master chief, said on Youtube that the video was "sent to me via email with the link attached from a family member. This was awesome and swelled my pride for what we do as Military men and women. I am proud to be from West Virginia and will never forget my roots. Proud Mountaineer Fan!"
"Thank you West V Marching band. No kidding, this brought a tear to my eye. I am sorry I did not see this sooner. To your Drum Major, your Director, and most of all, to all of you that were on the field that day ... thank you! You have done us proud. Not just as Mountaineers, but as Americans. From this lowly Air Force dude from [W.Va.], thank you so much!" posted user pavelow44.
For some, the video touched close to the heart.
"Thank you for a stirring tribute to the US military. My husband just retired after 26 years in the Navy Band. We are both veterans of excellent HS and college marching band programs. My husband and son marched Drum Corps. We appreciated the effort and emotion behind the performance. This is not a contest performance. It is a tribute to the service and sacrifice of military members and their families. As someone who has lived this life, I appreciated the recognition and tribute," posted susiehudson311.
Drury said the outpouring of response about the video is "very humbling," but said it was "not one of those shows we do to say how great our band is. We're honored to do it in support of service men and women.
"It's great that folks feel that way about our band. Anything that we can do to bring positive [press] to the university and the state, I fully support.
"But this one was about the men and women that serve. The other accolades are nice, but we're just happy to thank them for what they have done for us."
Reach Kathryn Gregory at kathr...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5119.