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U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific

 

U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific

In Any Clime and Place

Press Package

 

Marine Corps Forces Pacific Band

Under the direction of:

Officer in Charge, Warrant Officer Stephen Talbot

Band Master, Master Gunnery Sergeant Raul Caldera

Enlisted Conductor, Gunnery Sergeant Christi Espinoza

Staff Sergeant Wayne Geary

Drum Major, Gunnery Sergeant James Holt

Small Ensemble Leader, Staff Sergeant Justin Holroyd

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Contact Information:

Duty Phone -       (808) 257-7440

Mailing Address -

Marine Corps Forces Pacific Band

Attn: Band Master

P.O. Box 63087

Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii 96863

 

 Marine Corps Forces Pacific Band Press Package

To include:    Brief history of the band, brief description of ensembles and availability, press releases for parades, radio, TV, and information on how to request the band.

HISTORY:

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 Stephen 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 instillations 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, Figi, 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. 

ENSEMBLES:

Wind Ensemble

Our Largest group, the Wind Ensemble, performs some of the most challenging literature written for today's wind bands.  These pieces encompass both classical and contemporary works, including orchestral transcriptions, original wind band compositions, movie and broadway themes, jazz and pop arrangements, and traditional marches.  The ensemble has been featured at the Hale Koa Hotel, Blaisdell Center, Hawaii Theater, the Glebe Music Festival in Sydney, Australia, the Nanchang Military Tattoo in Nanchang, China, and has toured the Pacific region performing in American Samoa, Saipan, Cambodia, and Mongolia.

Field Band

Music completes any military ceremony. Perhaps the most easily recognized of our ensembles, the Field Band combines precision drill movements with exciting musical facility, bringing together all the elements of military regalia. This 30-piece ensemble supports ceremonies across all branches of the armed forces, entertains thousands every year in concert, and dazzles crowds across the Pacific region and abroad with its musicianship, precision, and pageantry.

Ceremonial Band

The Ceremonial Band provides music for ceremonies that are either indoors, or at an outdoor location where drill would not be appropriate or possible due to the location or type of ceremony. Consisting of the same instrumentation as the Field Band, the Ceremonial Band performs the same traditional marches, just seated.

Brass Quintet

The Brass Quintet is a musically diverse group that can perform in many different settings. Consisting of two trumpets, a French horn, trombone, and tuba, this ensemble provides musical support for ceremonies including formal Marine Corps school graduations, receptions, and instrument demonstrations for children. Drawing from a repertoire of classical, contemporary, ceremonial, and pop music, the Brass Quintet will add a sophisticated touch to all occasions.

Woodwind Quintet

The Woodwind Quintet is a musically diverse group that can perform in many different settings. Consisting of a clarinet, flute, French horn, bassoon, and oboe, this ensemble provides musical support for ceremonies including formal Marine Corps school graduations, receptions, and instrument demonstrations for children. Drawing from a repertoire of classical, contemporary, ceremonial, and pop music, the Woodwind Quintet will add a sophisticated touch to all occasions.

Brass Band

Need to add some excitement to your next event? Be careful what you ask for, because this group can spice up any occasion. Whether it’s lively music or whacky skits, you never know what to expect from this eight-member roving ensemble. These Marines not only play, sing, and dance – they just may pull you into their show! Their aim is to ensure a good time is had by all, so hold on to your seats when the Brass Band comes around.

Jazz Combo

Jazz, the first truly American art form, began developing during the 1890s in New Orleans.

Since that time the term “jazz” has been used to describe many different kinds of music, and the Marine Forces Pacific Band’s Jazz Combo draws its repertoire from just about all of them. Its members are as comfortable playing a Latin groove as they are playing jazz standards or 12-bar blues. This group can vary in size from a small two-piece duo to its standard four-piece, or even go to a seven-piece depending on the event. Venues for this ensemble include music festivals, formal and informal concerts, receptions for flag officers and visiting dignitaries, and programs that support music education.

Rock Band

While military bands are normally associated with parades, concerts, and ceremonies, this high energy group taps the hidden talents in the band and plays hits old and new from artists like Carlos Santana, Garth Brooks, Stevie Wonder, Smash Mouth, and Kelly Clarkson. Vocals are the highlight of this ensemble, yet its powerful horn section brings to the stage popular songs from groups like Tower of Power and Earth, Wind & Fire. Whatever the genre – pop, rock, R&B, country, rap, Latin, metal, hip hop, dance, or local island-flavor music – this group plays something for all ages and musical tastes. The Marines who make up the Rock Band have made a name for themselves at local events such as the Ho'olau'lea festival in Waikiki, the Great Aloha Run, and BayFest. So bring your family and friends, and prepare to have a musical blast with the Marine Forces Pacific Rock Band!

ENSEMBLE REQUESTS AND AVAILABILITY:

To request any of our ensembles, you must fill out the request form found on our website. Once the request is received, it will be processed and you will be notified of our availability to support. https://www.marforpac.marines.mil/Band.aspx

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT (TV, Paper, Radio) 

 For Immediate Release: Marine Corps Forces Pacific Band Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii                                                                                                                         ——————————————————————————————————————————15-Second Spot (Air Time)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Marine Corps Forces Pacific Band, on tour from Kaneohe Bay, will be at the (location) on (date). This patriotic program is free, open to the public, and will begin at (time). Please visit our Facebook page for more information. 

Comm. No. (808) 257-7440

Marine Corps Forces Pacific Band 

Attn: Public Affairs 

P.O. Box 63087 

Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii 96863

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

For Immediate Release: Marine Corps Forces Pacific Band  Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii                                                                                                                            ——————————————————————————————————————————30 Second Spot (Air Time)

From Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, the Marine Corps Forces Pacific Band will present a very special afternoon of musical entertainment in the (city/town) area on (date). With the authorized strength of one officer and 50 enlisted Marines, the ensemble promised an exciting, versatile concert that the entire family will enjoy.

The program will be selected from the Band’s extensive repertoire, to include familiar marches, traditional classics, patriotic favorites, jazz, country, and popular contemporary music.

This concert is free and open to the public. The performance will take place at the (location) on (date) and is set to begin at (time). For more information, search our Facebook page at Facebook dot com slash Marine Corps forces pacific band. 

Comm. No. (808) 257-7440

Marine Corps Forces Pacific Band

Attn: Public Affairs

P.O. Box 63087

Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii 96863

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

For Immediate Release: Marine Corps Forces Pacific Band Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii                                                                                                                             ——————————————————————————————————————————45-Second Spot (Air Time)

The Marine Corps Forces Pacific Band, currently on tour from Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, will present a memorable (afternoon/evening) of musical entertainment in the (city/town) area on (date). Spanning the pacific and continental United States, the musicians of this Marine Corps Band entertain audiences at more than 400 performances each year. With an authorized strength of one officer and 50 enlisted Marines, the band travels in excess of 50,000 miles annually carrying on a long-standing tradition of excellence and service to both Corps and Country. The band promises an exciting program that the entire family is sure to enjoy. Performance numbers may be selected from familiar marches, traditional classics, patriotic favorites, big band sounds, jazz, country, and Top 40 hits. This concert, sponsored by (sponsor), is free and open to the public. The performance will take place on (day/date) at (location) and is set to begin at (time).

Comm. No. (808) 257-7440

Marine Corps Forces Pacific Band 

 Attn: Public Affairs     

 P.O. Box 63087         

Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii 96863