Okinawa Japan
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On October 1, 1978, the First Marine Aircraft Wing Band of Iwakuni combined with the Third Marine Division Band of Okinawa to create the III Marine Amphibious Band. It was assigned to Camp Foster on December 1, 1978 and later re-designated as the III Marine Expeditionary Force Band, the only Expeditionary Force Band in the Marine Corps. This unique attribute exemplifies its versatile nature as a military organization comprised of professional musicians that are also competent and effective Marines.

Consisting of 50 members, the III Marine Expeditionary Force Band performs in over 300 commitments per year. They are highly proficient in a wide variety of commitments such as the Cherry Blossom Festival, Tokyo Marching Festival and the Okinawa City Street Parade, to name a few. Due to the Band’s location, the people of Okinawa can enjoy their rendition of Japanese music.

Aside from commitments, the Marines of the III MEF Band are required to meet all standards of training set forth by the Marine Corps. Every year they put their instruments aside and participate in annual training such as Ulchi Focus Lens (UFL) in South Korea, rifle qualification, gas chamber and physical fitness tests.

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From Japan:
DSN: 645-3919
From a Cell Phone: 098-970-3919
FAX: 645-7786

From United States:
Phone Number: 011-81-98-970-3919
Fax: 011-81-611-745-7786

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Yes. All Marines, except for the "President's Own" band, are required to go to boot camp. Boot camp is in San Diego, CA, and Parris Island, S.C. Training is 13 weeks long.
While a college degree in music is not a prerequisite for the potential Marine Musician, previous playing experience is a must. Each individual candidate must pass a field audition before enlisting with our MOS of 5524.
Contact your local recruiter to set up an audition and interview with your regional Music Technical Assistant (MTA).
Yes. You have the option to use your personal instrument, however you will be issued an instrument when you report to the School of Music as well as when you report to your assigned band.
There are 10 bands in the following locations: California, Louisiana, North and South Carolina, Virginia, Hawaii, and Okinawa, Japan.
In addition to the 10 Marine Bands, the Marine Corps also has a Drum & Bugle Corps located at 8th & I, and The President's Own located in Washington D.C.
No. Once you finish Boot Camp and MCT, you will go to the Naval School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia. There, you will study musical theory and ear training, as well as practice playing in various musical groups such as concert band, marching band, and different jazz ensembles.
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