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U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific

In Any Clime and Place

Command Element
Warrant Officer
Stephen J. Talbot         
           




                        

Bandmaster

Master Gunnery Sergeant
Raul Caldera
   
             

Master Gunnery Sergeant Caldera was born in El Paso, Texas and raised in Chamberino, New Mexico. Upon graduation from high school, he attended New Mexico State University. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in October 1994, and completed Recruit Training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego in December that same year. After graduation from basic training, he attended the Armed Forces School of Music Basic Course in Norfolk, Virginia.

 

Following the Basic Course, Lance Corporal Caldera returned to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego where he served as a saxophone instrumentalist and saxophone section leader.

 

In February 1999, Sergeant Caldera was transferred to the Marine Corps Forces Reserve Band in New Orleans, Louisiana where he served as a saxophone instrumentalist, saxophone section leader, and the noncommissioned officer in charge of Library.

 

In September 2001, Sergeant Caldera was transferred to the Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band at Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar where he served as woodwind commander and Platoon Sergeant. In February of 2003, Staff Sergeant Caldera deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. While deployed, he served as Deputy Camp Commandant, Camp Sledd, Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron Three, Third Marine Aircraft Wing. Staff Sergeant Caldera deployed a second time in August of 2004 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and served as assistant Third Marine Aircraft Wing Tactical Air Command Center Guard Chief.

 

In March of 2006, Staff Sergeant Caldera received orders to the Unit Leaders Course at the Armed Forces School of Music and upon graduation reported to the III Marine Expeditionary Force Band in Okinawa, Japan where he served as the Small Ensemble Leader and Bandmaster. In November 2009, he received the Marine Corps Staff Noncommissioned Officer Musician of the Year award for 2009.

 

In October of 2009, Gunnery Sergeant Caldera joined the Marine Security Guard Program and served as the Detachment Commander for American Embassies Guatemala City, Guatemala and New Delhi, India.

 

In December of 2012, Master Sergeant Caldera reported to Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD), San Diego where he served as G-3 Chief, MCRD, San Diego and Bandmaster, Marine Band San Diego.

 

In July 2015, Master Gunnery Sergeant Caldera reported to 1st Marine Division Band, Camp Pendleton, California where he served as Bandmaster.

 

In October 2017, Master Gunnery Sergeant Caldera reported to the Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band on Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii where he currently serves as the Band Master.

 

Master Gunnery Sergeants Caldera’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Forth award) and the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal.


Drum Major

Gunnery Sergeant
James R. Holt III

               

Gunnery Sergeant James R. Holt III enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in May 2005 and reported to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina for recruit training.  Upon completion of recruit training and Marine Combat Training, Private First Class Holt reported to the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music in Virginia Beach, Virginia to receive instruction as a saxophone instrumentalist.

Following graduation from the School of Music in April 2006, Lance Corporal Holt reported to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California for duty with Marine Band San Diego as a saxophone instrumentalist.  In addition to his musical duties, he served as the supply non-commissioned officer, information systems coordinator, and assistant Small Ensemble Leader.

In the April 2009, Sergeant Holt reported to the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) in Twentynine Palms, California for duty with the MCAGCC Band as a saxophone instrumentalist.  In addition to his musical duties, Sergeant Holt served as Platoon Sergeant and assistant Enlisted Conductor.

In December 2010, Sergeant Holt reported to the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music in Virginia Beach, Virginia for training in the Unit Leader course of instruction.  Following graduation from the course in August 2011, and after a successful staff appraisal, Staff Sergeant Holt remained at the Naval School of Music as the saxophone instructor.  In January 2013, Staff Sergeant Holt transitioned from his duties as saxophone instructor to serve as Advance Course Drum Major Instructor, Basic Course Drill Band Instructor, and Marine Detachment Platoon Sergeant.  In February 2014 Staff Sergeant Holt was selected to receive the billet of Drum Major.

In May 2014, Staff Sergeant Holt reported to III Marine Expeditionary Force Band for duty as Drum Major.  In March 2015 he deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to Djibouti for service with Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) as the Senior Range Coordinator.  He would transition to U.S. Embassy Kampala, Uganda for service as the Assistant Liaison Officer for CJTF-HOA in April 2015 for the remainder of the deployment.

In May 2017, Staff Sergeant Holt reported to U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band where he currently serves as Drum Major.

Gunnery Sergeant Holt’s personal awards include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (second award), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal (fourth award).

Enlisted Conductor

Staff Sergeant
Wayne C. Geary

           

Staff Sergeant Geary is originally from Woodbridge, Virginia and is a 2010 graduate of James Madison University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree of Music Education.  Staff Sergeant Geary enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in August 2010 and reported to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina for recruit training.  Upon completion of recruit training and Marine Combat Training, Private First Class Geary reported to the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music in Virginia Beach, Virginia to receive instruction as a trombone instrumentalist.

Following graduation from the School of Music in May 2011, Lance Corporal Geary reported to III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa Japan for duty with III Marine Expeditionary Force Band as a trombone instrumentalist.  In addition to his musical duties, he served as the operations noncommissioned officer, and assistant Drum Major.

In April of 2014, Sergeant Geary reported to the Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar, California for duty with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band as a trombone instrumentalist.  In addition to his musical duties, Sergeant Geary served as operations noncommissioned officer, library noncommissioned officer, band public affairs noncommissioned officer, and assistant Enlisted Conductor.  During this period Sergeant Geary completed his Master’s degree in Music Education from Boston University.

In December of 2016, Sergeant Geary reported to the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music in Virginia Beach, Virginia for training in the Unit Leader course of instruction.  Following graduation from the course in August 2017, Sergeant Geary reported to the Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band on Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii and was promoted to his present rank on 1 October 2017.

In February of 2018, Staff Sergeant Geary was selected to receive the billet of Enlisted Conductor.  He currently serves as Enlisted Conductor of the Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band.

Staff Sergeant Geary’s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (second award), and the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal (second award).

Small Ensemble Leader

Staff Sergeant
Justin S. Holroyd

           

Staff Sergeant Justin Holroyd originally hails from Cheyenne, Wyoming and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps out of Recruiting Station Denver in September of 2006. He completed Recruit Training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego in December of 2006. After graduation from basic recruit training, and Marine Corps Combat training, he attended the Naval School of Music Basic Course in Norfolk, Virginia to receive instruction as a trombone instrumentalist.

 

Following graduation from the School of Music in September of 2007, Lance Corporal Holroyd reported to the 2nd Marine Division Band, in Camp Lejeune North Carolina. While stationed there he served as a trombone instrumentalist, live sound reinforcement technician, and band webmaster.

 In August of 2010, Sergeant Holroyd was transferred to the Marine Corps Forces Pacific Band, in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. There he served as the Trombone Section Leader, Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of Brass Band, and Assistant Small Ensemble Leader.

 

In December of 2013, he received orders back to the Naval School of Music to attend the Unit Leader Course in Norfolk, Virginia.  Following completion of the Unit Leader Course, Sergeant Holroyd was sent to the Quantico Marine Band in Quantico, Virginia. At Quantico, Sergeant Holroyd was promoted to Staff Sergeant and had the pleasure of being the band’s Platoon Sergeant, Acting Small Ensemble Leader, and the Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of the Brass Band.

 

In October of 2017, Staff Sergeant Holroyd received orders back to the Marine Corps Forces Pacific Band in Hawaii, and has been the band’s Small Ensemble Leader since March of 2018. 

 

Instrument Repair Technician

Master Sergeant  
Andrew D. Weege
           

Master Sergeant Andrew Weege, of Merrill, Wisconsin graduated high school in 1991 and went to Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. In 1996, Master Sergeant Weege graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance. In April of 1997 Master Sergeant Weege reported for recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, South Carolina and Marine Combat Training. He then reported to the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia for instruction under the Basic Music Course.

In February of 1998, Lance Corporal Weege reported to the band at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California for duty as a guitarist. During his tenure there, he was promoted the rank of Corporal.
 
Corporal Weege was promoted to the rank of Sergeant after reporting to the III Marine Expeditionary Force Band, Okinawa, Japan in March of 2000. He served as a guitarist, Combo Group Leader, Unit Purchaser, Supply Clerk, Platoon Sergeant, and assistant Instrument Repair Technician. In February of 2004 Sergeant Weege was promoted to Staff Sergeant and selected for MOS 5523, Instrument Repair Technician. In September of that year he filled the band’s vacancy as Instrument Repair Technician.

In August of 2005, Staff Sergeant Weege attended Minnesota State College, Southeastern Tech in Red Wing, Minnesota for the band instrument repair course. Upon graduation in June of 2006, he reported to the Second Marine Aircraft Wing Band in Cherry Point, North Carolina as the Instrument Repair Technician and was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant in February 2008.

 

In January of 2010, Gunnery Sergeant Weege reported once again to the band at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California for duty as Instrument Repair Technician. He was promoted to Master Sergeant in February of 2014.

 

In June of 2014, Master Sergeant Weege reported to the 3D Marine Aircraft Wing Band and in May of 2018 he transferred to Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band where he currently serves as the Instrument Repair Technician.