MARFORPAC brass quintet wows local radio audience
By Public Affairs Staff
| | September 17, 2007
MARINE CORPS BASE, CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii --
The U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band's Brass Quintet is used to performing for large audiences, but when they performed on KSSK Radio (92.3 FM) Saturday, Sept. 15th, they probably had their largest audience ever. That's because the show airs live from John Dominis restaurant in Honolulu, and draws an average of more than 100,000 listeners to the top-rated radio station.
They were there to help drum up public attendance for an upcoming ceremony in Waikiki at which Lieutenant General John F. Goodman, Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, will present world-renown entertainer Jim Nabors with a"promotion" to Honorary Corporal.
The special sunset ceremony will be held at Kuroda Field, Ft. DeRussy, on Tuesday, September 25th at 5:30 p.m., and is open to the public. The promotion is in honor of Mr. Nabors'years of contribution to the Marine Corps' image worldwide through the "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." TV show, and will be held on the 43rd anniversary of the show's premiere.
It's also in honor of his other contributions to Corps and Country.
"Jim Nabors has truly represented the Marines Corps'spirit," said LtGen. Goodman. "He's Jim Nabors, the entertainer, the philanthropist, the good guy – he's one of us. His contributions to the Corps and society have earned him this promotion."
The Gomer Pyle show lasted five years in prime time, and has endured almost constantly since then in syndication.
Mr. Nabors was made an Honorary Marine on Aug. 9, 2001, and received an honorary promotion to Lance Corporal at that time.