About the Marine Corps Band

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.

 



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When a request is made by an organization for Marine Corps assets, you are designated as the “sponsor” on the DD-2536. Please complete the information requested in the DD-2536 completely, as incomplete requests will not be processed. The process is as follows: Submit your request 30-90 days in advance of your event to a Marine Corps installation within 60 miles of your event location (see band locator map). If you are not within 60 miles of the Marine Corps installations listed, please submit your request to hqmc.comrel@usmc.mil. Do not fax your request. To assure your request is received and processed please include the asset requested, the date and location of the event in the subject line (i.e. Band Request-25July2016- Washington, D.C.). If you would like to confirm receipt or for any questions regarding your request call 703-614-1034. Please understand that events are covered based on availability of the unit to participate and will only be authorized when such support does not interfere with mission or training programs. In all cases, operational commitments take priority and can cause previously scheduled appearances to be cancelled. It is the Sponsor’s responsibility to coordinate and keep a dialogue with the unit to ensure that circumstances don’t change and the unit is still able to attend the event in the days prior to your event. 

Department of Defense policies require that Armed Forces participation in public events will be provided at no additional cost to the Government. The sponsor is required to pay, when necessary, the standard Military Services allowance for quarters and meals for all Armed Forces participants and for other services which have been determined in advance by the Military Services and agreed to by the Sponsor. Transportation and meal costs are not usually incurred when support is provided from a local military installation. However, circumstances may dictate that reimbursement for any or all of these costs may be necessary. All costs are binding after a unit, personnel, or exhibit has arrived at an event site even though weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstances force the event to be cancelled. Please note, Armed Forces musical units are organized for ceremonial and traditional purposes and to support recruiting activities. However, they may be authorized to provide certain specified presentations, such as patriotic ceremonies, for public programs. Armed Forces musical organizations are not permitted to provide entertainment, background, dinner, dance or other social music at public or private events in competition with the customary or regular employment of local civilian musicians.

For all international Marine Corps asset requests, please contact the Public Affairs office of the Unified Combatant Command in the respective area where the event will take place.



Those requests shall be forwarded through command channels to the ASD(PA) for approval. Approval shall be based upon program, sponsor, site, support criteria, and upon any recommendations or requests for an exception to policy offered by applicable commanders.



Unified Combatant Commands:



United States Central Command

(Community Relations) Commercial: 813-827-7010/DSN 651-7010



United States European Command

(Public Affairs) Commercial: +49-07031-15-3598

DSN: 314-431-3598

pao@mfe.usmc.mil



United States Pacific Command

(Public Affairs) Commercial: 808-477-1341

publicaffairs.pacom@navy.mil



United States Northern Command

(Community Relations) Commercial: 719-554-6889 or 719-556-8228

DSN: 692-6889



United States Southern Command

(Public Affairs) Commercial: 305-437-2554

DSN: 567-2554



United States Africa Command

(Public Affairs)Commercial: +49 (0)711-680-113

DSN: (314) 430-1110
To request support please complete a DD2536 and submit it to a Marine Corps installation within 60 miles of your event location (please review the band locator map). If you are not within 60 miles of the Marine Corps installations listed, please submit your request to hqmc.comrel@usmc.mil  Please do not fax any requests and understand that if a request is sent by postal mail, processing time will be delayed. To assure your request is received and processed please include the asset requested, the date and location of the event in the subject line (i.e. Band Request-25July2016- Washington, D.C.). If you would like to confirm receipt or for any questions regarding your request call 703-614-1034.

Marine Corps Community Relations


To request support please complete a DD2536 and submit it to a Marine Corps installation within 100 miles of your event location (please review the map below). If you are not within 100 miles of a Marine Corps installation, please submit your request to hqmc.comrel@usmc.mil. Please do not fax any requests and understand that if a request is sent by postal mail, processing time will be delayed. To assure your request is received and processed please include the asset requested, the date and location of the event in the subject line (i.e. Band Request-25July2016- Washington, D.C.). If you would like to confirm receipt or for any questions regarding your request, please call 703-614-1034.