Marine Corps Music Program


Vocalist, Vocalist - Bass, Vocalist - Baritone, Vocalist - Tenor, Vocalist - Soprano, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Other Percussion, Violin, Trumpet, Saxophone, Keyboard, Piano, Background Singer, Harmonica, Flute, Other, Banjo, Mandolin, Fiddle, Dobro, Vocalist - Alto, Trombone, Bagpipes.


The Marine Corps has 12 Bands across the US, in Japan and in Hawaii. Music ranges from concert bands and jazz, to the President's Own Drum & Bugle Corps and the Top-20 Bands. All Marine Musicians will sit through the Marine Corps' School of Music for six months in Virginia Beach, VA. Steady pay, full medical and dental benefits, 100% college tuition assistance available, and housing included. The few, the proud, the Marine Musicians...

To arrange for an audition, call 516-228-3654. All performers will be expected to play a solo, scales from memory, and demonstrate the ability to site read music.

The United States Marine Band was established by an Act of Congress on July 11, 1798, and is America’s oldest professional musical organization. Twenty-seven Directors have led the Marine Band throughout history, the most famous of whom was 17th Director John Philip Sousa. The current Director is Lieutenant Colonel Michael J. Colburn.

Many Marine Band musicians serve for 20 years or more and most hold advanced degrees from the world’s top music schools. They are chosen at auditions much like those of major symphony orchestras and perform as a part of the Marine Band, Marine Chamber Orchestra, and Marine Chamber Ensembles.

For concerts and official ceremonies, the U.S. Marine Band performs a varied repertoire, including:

New works for wind ensemble
Traditional concert band literature
Challenging transcriptions of orchestral works
Patriotic marches and popular favorites
View the U.S. Marine Band performance schedule by clicking here.

During concerts, the Marine Band frequently features musicians in solo performances that highlight their virtuosity and artistry. Concerts are conducted by the Director and Assistant Directors and feature varied repertoire and diverse instrumentation.

The Marine Band’s performance schedule is coordinated by the Marine Band Branch of Headquarters Marine Corps Public Affairs, which works directly with the Director of the Marine Band and the Marine Band Operations Office to schedule performances and ceremonies by the band, chamber orchestra, and chamber ensembles.

Members of the Marine Band’s professional support staff, including the Library, Recording Lab, Stage Managers, and Stage Crew, as well as the Administration, Public Affairs, and Supply offices also work to coordinate, promote, and facilitate performances throughout the year.

See how it all comes together! View our Formula for a Concert.

Performances by the Marine Band include:

White House events including State Dinners and formal receptions
Public concerts in the Washington, D.C., area and across the nation during our Fall Concert Tour
Washington, D.C., area military and patriotic ceremonies
Full Honors Funerals at Arlington National Cemetery
Friday Evening Parades at Marine Barracks Washington

Screen name:
USMC Bands
Member since:
Apr 30 2007
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years together:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
2-3 nights a week
41 years


John Philip Sousa and
Gunnery Sergeant William Call

Members Of Band



Full range of winds, percussion, bass, piano.