Established in 1918, the Quantico Marine Corps Band is one of the oldest professional musical ensembles in the Marine Corps. Under the operational control of the Base Commander, Marine Corps Base, Quantico, VA, the unit is comprised of combat-trained active duty Marines who, upon completion of demanding military and musical training, are selected to perform as musical ambassadors of America’s premier military force.
The Band is composed of a ceremonial band and concert band equipped to provide musical support as directed by the Commandant of the Marine Corps and the Commander of Marine Corps Base, Quantico. In addition, the band maintains a number of small ensembles, including a brass quintet, woodwind quintet, rock/show band, party band, and jazz combo. With an authorized strength of one officer and 50 enlisted Marines, the band has performed at many recognized civilian events; including the Super Bowl XLI Pregame Show, the 9/11 Memorials at Carnegie Hall and the Town Arts Theatre, the Macy’s Thanksgiving and Columbus Day Parades in New York City, the Virginia International Tattoo, and the Opening Ceremony for the National Museum of the Marine Corps. The Band’s mission is to provide musical support that will encourage community relations, enhance troop morale, and promote the Marine Corps recruiting program through its demanding performance schedule. As well as musical support, the members of the band also fulfill their duties as Marine Riflemen.
The Quantico Marine Corps Band has received numerous military and civilian citations, letters of commendation and letters of appreciation. The group entertains audiences performing classic to contemporary pieces at more than 350 performances annually across the Eastern Seaboard, covering more than 50,000 miles.