James R. Holt III
Staff 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.
Staff 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).