The MARFORPAC Band was organized in the early 1900's with about a dozen members. The earliest available photographs show the band playing for Marines at Marine Barracks, Pearl Harbor. The early activities of the band centered around the Marine Barracks, ranging from concerts in front of Puller Hall to morale performances at sporting events. Since the 1980's, the band had lived and worked in building #278 at Pearl Harbor. This building is significant, because the first fire returned from Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 came from the roof of this building. In 1993, the band moved to its current home at Marine Corps Base, Hawaii.
Today, under the direction of Warrant Officer Steve Talbot, the band is comprised of 45 Marines. All band members are fully trained riflemen and professional musicians. Our mission is to provide musical support for ceremonies, functions, and other occasions aboard military installations and throughout the civilian community. We accomplish this through the employment of several musical ensembles, including a marching band, a concert wind ensemble, and small ensembles. Over the past 150 years, we have performed all over the island of O’ahu and traveled around the Pacific to various locations including Tonga, Fiji, China, Australia, Saipan, and American Samoa. By design, we strive to inspire, improve morale, and instill in audiences a sense of pride and patriotism in our Country. We represent the core values, customs, and traditions of the United States Marine Corps.