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In Any Clime and Place

MarForPac Band rocks U.S. Embassy’s Independence Day celebrations in Mongolia

By Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil | | July 03, 2010

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Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bryan Sherlock, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band officer-in-charge, leads the band as they play patriotic songs for guests of the U.S. Embassy during an official Independence Day celebration at the International School of Ulaanbaatar,  Mongolia, July 2. The MarForPac Band was in Mongolia as part of a subject matter expert exchange with the Mongolian Armed Forces.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bryan Sherlock, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band officer-in-charge, leads the band as they play patriotic songs for guests of the U.S. Embassy during an official Independence Day celebration at the International School of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, July 2. The MarForPac Band was in Mongolia as part of a subject matter expert exchange with the Mongolian Armed Forces. (Photo by Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil)


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Cpl. Wesley Brewster, trumpet player with the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band, performs a solo as the band performs for U.S. Embassy officials during an Independence Day celebration at the International School of Ulaanbaatar,  Mongolia, July 2. The U.S. Embassy hosted the celebration for employees of the U.S. Embassy and their Mongolian counterparts.

Cpl. Wesley Brewster, trumpet player with the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band, performs a solo as the band performs for U.S. Embassy officials during an Independence Day celebration at the International School of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, July 2. The U.S. Embassy hosted the celebration for employees of the U.S. Embassy and their Mongolian counterparts. (Photo by Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil)


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U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia Jonathan S. Addleton addresses official guests of the U.S. Embassy's Independence Day celebration at the International School of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, July 2. Addleton thanked the Marines for supporting the U.S. mission in and for sharing their time with the people of Mongolia.

U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia Jonathan S. Addleton addresses official guests of the U.S. Embassy's Independence Day celebration at the International School of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, July 2. Addleton thanked the Marines for supporting the U.S. mission in and for sharing their time with the people of Mongolia. (Photo by Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil)


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ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia - (From left to right) Cpl. Wesley Brewster and Sgt. Kevin D. Cox, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band trumpet players, play the Star Spangled Banner during the U.S. Embassy's Independence Day celebration July 3. The U.S. Embassy invited Americans working and studying in Mongolia to partake in their Fourth of July festivities.

ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia - (From left to right) Cpl. Wesley Brewster and Sgt. Kevin D. Cox, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band trumpet players, play the Star Spangled Banner during the U.S. Embassy's Independence Day celebration July 3. The U.S. Embassy invited Americans working and studying in Mongolia to partake in their Fourth of July festivities. (Photo by Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil)


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A couple dances to the sounds of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific Party Band at an Independence Day celebration at the International School of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, July 3. The MarForPac Band was in Mongolia sharing their time and talents with the Mongolian Armed Forces Band and held several free, public concerts.

A couple dances to the sounds of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific Party Band at an Independence Day celebration at the International School of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, July 3. The MarForPac Band was in Mongolia sharing their time and talents with the Mongolian Armed Forces Band and held several free, public concerts. (Photo by Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil)


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A couple watches as the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Party Band entertains guests at an Independence Day celebration at the International School of Ulaanbaatar July 3. The MarForPac Band was in Mongolia participating in a subject matter expert exchange with the Mongolian Armed Forces from June 25 through July 5.

A couple watches as the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Party Band entertains guests at an Independence Day celebration at the International School of Ulaanbaatar July 3. The MarForPac Band was in Mongolia participating in a subject matter expert exchange with the Mongolian Armed Forces from June 25 through July 5. (Photo by Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil)


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Sergeants Lancelot Muschamp (left) and Daniel Sanchez (far right), saxophone players with the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Party Band, perform during an Independence Day celebration at the International School of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, July 3.

Sergeants Lancelot Muschamp (left) and Daniel Sanchez (far right), saxophone players with the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Party Band, perform during an Independence Day celebration at the International School of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, July 3. (Photo by Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil)


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Staff Sgt. Chad Harbison, bass player with the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Show Band performs at an Independence Day Celebration at the International School of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, July 3. The U.S. Embassy invited the MarForPac band to partake in their Independence Day festivities July 2 and 3.

Staff Sgt. Chad Harbison, bass player with the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Show Band performs at an Independence Day Celebration at the International School of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, July 3. The U.S. Embassy invited the MarForPac band to partake in their Independence Day festivities July 2 and 3. (Photo by Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil)


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Staff Sgt. Oscar L. Olive (left) and Gunnery Sgt. Clint Walker, members of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Show Band, perform rock songs for guests at an Independence Day celebration at the International School of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, July 3. Walker, a supply chief with MarForPac Headquarters and Service Battalion, moonlights with the band and traveled to Mongolia as they participated in a subject matter expert exchange with the Mongolian Armed Forces.

Staff Sgt. Oscar L. Olive (left) and Gunnery Sgt. Clint Walker, members of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Show Band, perform rock songs for guests at an Independence Day celebration at the International School of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, July 3. Walker, a supply chief with MarForPac Headquarters and Service Battalion, moonlights with the band and traveled to Mongolia as they participated in a subject matter expert exchange with the Mongolian Armed Forces. (Photo by Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil)


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ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia -- Although they were an ocean away from home, the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band celebrated Independence Day among a community of fellow Americans at the International School of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, July 2 and 3.

 The MarForPac Band was in Mongolia to continue fostering camaraderie with the Mongolian Armed Forces through a subject matter expert exchange. This was the fourth year the MarForPac Band traveled to Mongolia, highlighting the existing partnership between the two countries.

 “Not only is it important that we as Americans celebrate our Independence and our democratic lifestyle, but that we share that with our Mongolian friends,” said U.S. Ambassador Jonathan S. Addleton.

 During the official ceremony July 2, the Marines performed patriotic songs for U.S. Embassy employees, VIPs and their Mongolian counterparts.

 Festivities continued July 3 and were open to all U.S. citizens and Mongolian friends of the U.S. Embassy. The Marines played patriotic songs and also showcased their party and show bands, a side some people were surprised to see from a Marine band.

 “They were one of the highlights today,” said Leon Heisey, an American living in Mongolia.“Not only do they do the ceremonial gigs, but they can get on stage and really rock out. It’s a great reminder of home and a great addition to our Fourth of July celebration.”

 It is estimated that there are more than 1,800 Americans working, living and going to school in Mongolia, according Addleton.

 “Being in the Marine Corps, you get used to spending holidays away from home,” said Cpl. Joshua Armijo, a clarinetist with the band, who spent his second Fourth of July away from the U.S. “It’s great to be able to bring a piece of home to Americans here and to mingle with them. We found out about all the great things they’re doing in Mongolia.”

 Addleton expressed his gratitude for the time and dedication the Marines displayed in sharing their musical talents with the people of Mongolia and the Americans who are so far from home.

 “We all have such a huge appreciation for what our Marines do and we thank them for coming to Mongolia, entertaining us, and most importantly, for supporting the U.S.’s mission here,” Addleton said.