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III Marine Expeditionary Force Band

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III MEF Band Photos
Marines with the III Marine Expeditionary Force Band perform at the Koza Music Town, Okinawa City, Okinawa, Japan, for the Okinawa City Promenade Concert Feb. 6, 2016. The III MEF Band was the final performance following the Kubasaki High School Band.
III MEF Band brightens Okinawa City with music
Marines with the III Marine Expeditionary Force Band perform at the Koza Music Town, Okinawa City, Okinawa, Japan, for the Okinawa City Promenade Concert Feb. 6, 2016. The III MEF Band was the final performance following the Kubasaki High School Band.
Marines with the III Marine Expeditionary Force Band performs at Koza Music Town, Okinawa City, Okinawa, Japan, for the Okinawa Promenade Concert Feb. 6, 2016. The Marines played as the finale for the concert following the Kubasaki High School Band.
III MEF Band brightens Okinawa City with music
Marines with the III Marine Expeditionary Force Band performs at Koza Music Town, Okinawa City, Okinawa, Japan, for the Okinawa Promenade Concert Feb. 6, 2016. The Marines played as the finale for the concert following the Kubasaki High School Band.
U.S. Marine Sgt. James D. Lowe helps a Shichijo Junior High School band drummer March 6, in the school's gymnasium in Kumamoto, Japan. The Western Army Band and III MEF Band will perform with and coach the students during their visit.Lowe is a drummer with the III Marine Expiditionary Force Band. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler Ngiraswei/ Released)
III MEF Band, JGSDF Western Army Band, Shichijo Junior High School Band jam session in Kumamoto
U.S. Marine Sgt. James D. Lowe helps a Shichijo Junior High School band drummer March 6, in the school's gymnasium in Kumamoto, Japan. The Western Army Band and III MEF Band will perform with and coach the students during their visit.Lowe is a drummer with the III Marine Expiditionary Force Band. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler Ngiraswei/ Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Benjamin Hanks, a French horn player with III Marine Expeditionary Force Band, receives chow on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 30, 2016. CPX 16 is conducted to improve the III MEF’s capabilities in intelligence and logistic operations, future planning, and combat readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by MCIPAC Combat Camera Lance Cpl. Christian J. Robertson/Released)
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U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Benjamin Hanks, a French horn player with III Marine Expeditionary Force Band, receives chow on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 30, 2016. CPX 16 is conducted to improve the III MEF’s capabilities in intelligence and logistic operations, future planning, and combat readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by MCIPAC Combat Camera Lance Cpl. Christian J. Robertson/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Mackenzie M. Strampp, a clarinet player with the III Marine Expeditionary Force band, sights into a M240B machine gun prior to Command Post Exercise (CPX) 16, on Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 29, 2016. CPX 16 is conducted to improve the III MEF’s capabilities in intelligence and logistic operations, future planning, and combat readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by MCIPAC Combat Camera Lance Cpl. Juan Bustos/ Released)
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U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Mackenzie M. Strampp, a clarinet player with the III Marine Expeditionary Force band, sights into a M240B machine gun prior to Command Post Exercise (CPX) 16, on Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 29, 2016. CPX 16 is conducted to improve the III MEF’s capabilities in intelligence and logistic operations, future planning, and combat readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by MCIPAC Combat Camera Lance Cpl. Juan Bustos/ Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jesse A. Sylvester, a trombone instrumentalist with the III Marine Expeditionary Force band, gets his picture taken during Command Post Exercise (CPX) 16 on Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 31, 2016. CPX 16 is conducted to improve the III MEF capabilities in intelligence and logistic operations, future planning, and combat readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by MCIPAC Combat Camera Lance Cpl. Juan Bustos/ Released)
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U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jesse A. Sylvester, a trombone instrumentalist with the III Marine Expeditionary Force band, gets his picture taken during Command Post Exercise (CPX) 16 on Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 31, 2016. CPX 16 is conducted to improve the III MEF capabilities in intelligence and logistic operations, future planning, and combat readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by MCIPAC Combat Camera Lance Cpl. Juan Bustos/ Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Carl S. Bush, an instrumentalist with the III Marine Expeditionary Force band, provides gate security during Command Post Exercise (CPX) 16 on Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 31, 2016. CPX 16 is conducted to improve the III MEF capabilities in intelligence and logistic operations, future planning, and combat readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by MCIPAC Combat Camera Lance Cpl. Juan Bustos/ Released)
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U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Carl S. Bush, an instrumentalist with the III Marine Expeditionary Force band, provides gate security during Command Post Exercise (CPX) 16 on Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 31, 2016. CPX 16 is conducted to improve the III MEF capabilities in intelligence and logistic operations, future planning, and combat readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by MCIPAC Combat Camera Lance Cpl. Juan Bustos/ Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Kevin Allen, an oboe player with III Marine Expeditionary Force Band, buddy drags a casualty during a patrol on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 31, 2016. CPX 16 is conducted to improve the III MEF’s capabilities in intelligence and logistic operations, future planning, and combat readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by MCIPAC Combat Camera Lance Cpl. Christian J. Robertson/Released)
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U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Kevin Allen, an oboe player with III Marine Expeditionary Force Band, buddy drags a casualty during a patrol on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 31, 2016. CPX 16 is conducted to improve the III MEF’s capabilities in intelligence and logistic operations, future planning, and combat readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by MCIPAC Combat Camera Lance Cpl. Christian J. Robertson/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Kevin Allen, an oboe player with III Marine Expeditionary Force Band, buddy drags a casualty during a patrol on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 31, 2016. CPX 16 is conducted to improve the III MEF’s capabilities in intelligence and logistic operations, future planning, and combat readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by MCIPAC Combat Camera Lance Cpl. Christian J. Robertson/Released)
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U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Kevin Allen, an oboe player with III Marine Expeditionary Force Band, buddy drags a casualty during a patrol on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 31, 2016. CPX 16 is conducted to improve the III MEF’s capabilities in intelligence and logistic operations, future planning, and combat readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by MCIPAC Combat Camera Lance Cpl. Christian J. Robertson/Released)
U.S. Marines with 3D Intelligence Battalion, 3D Marine Headquarters Group, and III Marine Expeditionary Force Band pay attention to instructions on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 31, 2016. CPX 16 is conducted to improve the III MEF’s capabilities in intelligence and logistic operations, future planning, and combat readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by MCIPAC Combat Camera Lance Cpl. Christian J. Robertson/Released)
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U.S. Marines with 3D Intelligence Battalion, 3D Marine Headquarters Group, and III Marine Expeditionary Force Band pay attention to instructions on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 31, 2016. CPX 16 is conducted to improve the III MEF’s capabilities in intelligence and logistic operations, future planning, and combat readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by MCIPAC Combat Camera Lance Cpl. Christian J. Robertson/Released)
U.S. Marine Cpl. Ryan O. Vangosen instructs a student at Shichijo Junior High School, Kumamoto, Japan, Mar. 6. The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Western Army Band and III Marine Expeditionary Force Band will perform with and  coach the students during their visit.The Marines were in Kumamoto to participate in the Western Army Band Music Festival, which celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the Western Army Band. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler Ngiraswei/ Released)
III MEF Band, JGSDF Western Army Band, Shichijo Junior High School Band jam session in Kumamoto
U.S. Marine Cpl. Ryan O. Vangosen instructs a student at Shichijo Junior High School, Kumamoto, Japan, Mar. 6. The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Western Army Band and III Marine Expeditionary Force Band will perform with and coach the students during their visit.The Marines were in Kumamoto to participate in the Western Army Band Music Festival, which celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the Western Army Band. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler Ngiraswei/ Released)
The III Marine Expeditionary Force Band, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Western Army Band and Shichijo Junior High School Band pose for a photo Mar. 6, in the gymnasium at Shichijo Junior High School, Kumamoto, Japan. The Western Army Band and III MEF Band performed with and  coached the students during their visit.The Marines were in Kumamoto to participate in the Western Army Band Music Festival, which celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the Western Army Band.
III MEF Band, JGSDF Western Army Band, Shichijo Junior High School Band jam session in Kumamoto
The III Marine Expeditionary Force Band, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Western Army Band and Shichijo Junior High School Band pose for a photo Mar. 6, in the gymnasium at Shichijo Junior High School, Kumamoto, Japan. The Western Army Band and III MEF Band performed with and coached the students during their visit.The Marines were in Kumamoto to participate in the Western Army Band Music Festival, which celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the Western Army Band.
U.S. Marines with III Marine Expdetionary Force Band pose with students from Shichijo Junior High School, Kumamoto, Japan, Mar. 6. The III MEF Band, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Western Army Band and the Shichijo Junior High School band held musical clinics and performed together in the school's gymnasium. The Marines were in Kumamoto to participate in the Western Army Band Music Festival, which celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the Western Army Band. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler Ngiraswei/ Released)
III MEF Band, JGSDF Western Army Band, Shichijo Junior High School Band jam session in Kumamoto
U.S. Marines with III Marine Expdetionary Force Band pose with students from Shichijo Junior High School, Kumamoto, Japan, Mar. 6. The III MEF Band, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Western Army Band and the Shichijo Junior High School band held musical clinics and performed together in the school's gymnasium. The Marines were in Kumamoto to participate in the Western Army Band Music Festival, which celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the Western Army Band. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler Ngiraswei/ Released)
A Japan Ground Self Defense Force Western Army Band member helps Sgt. Michael A. Parker and Lance Cpl. Ivan E. Arden with queues during a rehearsal for the Western Army Band’s Music Festival Mar. 3 in an auditorium on Camp Kengun. The Marines will be marching out with the Western Army in sync from separate sides of a stage and meet in a joint formation. The music festival marks the 60th anniversary of the Western Army band. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler Ngiraswei/ Released)
III MEF Band in Kumamoto
A Japan Ground Self Defense Force Western Army Band member helps Sgt. Michael A. Parker and Lance Cpl. Ivan E. Arden with queues during a rehearsal for the Western Army Band’s Music Festival Mar. 3 in an auditorium on Camp Kengun. The Marines will be marching out with the Western Army in sync from separate sides of a stage and meet in a joint formation. The music festival marks the 60th anniversary of the Western Army band. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler Ngiraswei/ Released)
Marines with the III Marine Expeditionary Force band alongside the Western Army band participate in a joint performance Mar. 5 in Sojo Daigaku Hall in Kumamoto, Japan. They are performing Hands Across the Sea, a marching song composed by John Philip Sousa. The music festival marks the 60th anniversary of the Western Army Band. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler Ngiraswei/ Released)
III MEF Band in Kumamoto
Marines with the III Marine Expeditionary Force band alongside the Western Army band participate in a joint performance Mar. 5 in Sojo Daigaku Hall in Kumamoto, Japan. They are performing Hands Across the Sea, a marching song composed by John Philip Sousa. The music festival marks the 60th anniversary of the Western Army Band. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler Ngiraswei/ Released)
III MEF BAND

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 Force 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, Japan Self-Defense Force 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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III Marine Expeditionary Force Band to continue building rapport with Okinawan community

By LCpl Matthew N. Kitzen-Abelson

The pageantry of a military ceremony is some of the most evocative imagery in martial life, simultaneously arousing feelings of patriotism, honor, and brotherhood. Amidst inspiring speeches and sharp displays of synchronized drill technique stands the most essential piece of any ceremonial affair, the band. Traditionally tasked with rousing the troops' morale before battle, military bands deviated little from performing outside a repertoire consisting mostly of marches, popular dance music, and traditional folk songs. While ceremonies remain the "bread and butter" of any military band, an increase in both the level of musicianship and the demand for musical support at military functions over the years has allowed bands to become highly versatile in the types of music they perform. Jazz combos, brass and woodwind quintets, show bands, and New Orleans style brass bands have become common auxiliary ensembles found at retirement ceremonies, ballroom affairs, and military festivals in the civilian world. For Enlisted Conductor of the III Marine Expeditionary Force Band, GySgt Michael Stanley, the Wind Ensemble is the perfect vehicle in which to showcase talent and extend a peaceable gesture to the local community.

"The reason the Wind Ensemble, traditionally known as a concert band, is such a great medium for band performance is because of it's tremendous versatility," says Stanley. Commenting on the diplomatic mission of military bands, Stanley explains "we…have a responsibility to provide an element of community relations/public affairs support. On an island that has limited options for listening to live symphonic music, we are able to make this an experience not just for service members and families, but for our Japanese hosts as well."

After a few months involved in providing musical support for missions off-island, the III MEF Band is stepping out into the Okinawan community to perform on May 7th, 2016 at Tedako Hall in Urasoe City. With a concert bill promising an assortment of musical genres, Stanley remarks that "our program is exciting in that it features something for every musical palate. Unforgettable themes from Bernstein's "West Side Story" and a symphonic portrait of Shakespeare's "Othello" are the meat of the program. However, lighter selections from George Gershwin and Sammy Nestico, which feature two fine soloists, provide a great balance. We're also featuring a composition by British composer Philip Sparke that memorializes the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that struck mainland Japan. It's a gorgeous tribute to the people of Japan. Of course, we'll have a couple of standard military marches as well."

Admission to the May 7th concert is free, with tickets available for pickup at Tedako Hall and the III MEF Band hall, located on Camp Foster. For audiences abroad, a live broadcast of the performance will be offered on the band's YouTube Channel, 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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.