Marine Corps bands perform at ceremonies, parades, festivals, professional sporting events, concerts, and other public events across the United States. Marine Corps musicians sustain the Corps’ rich military history and culture while presenting inspiring public programs that entertain audiences and instill a sense of national pride and patriotism. Marine Corps bands perform six types of ensembles:
Concert Band - Consisting of approximately 50 Marines, a full wind ensemble that performs all types of traditional music and transcriptions for public performances.
Ceremonial Band - An ensemble of 25-35 Marines that performs marches, patriotic music, and official ceremonial music at various military and civilian patriotic ceremonies.
Jazz/Show Band - An ensemble of 15-20 Marines who perform Jazz, Swing, Rock and other various styles of contemporary music for public performances.
Jazz Combo - A smaller version of the Jazz/Show Band, usually consisting of 3-6 Marines that perform jazz music in a smaller, more intimate setting at appropriate public performances.
Brass/Woodwind Quintet - A group of five Marines that performs traditional and ceremonial music in smaller venues.
Bugler - A Marine who renders appropriate honors at funerals, memorial services, and other patriotic observances.