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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, 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 exact origins of the Marine Forces Pacific Band are unclear. It is believed that sometime before the 1920's Marines not assigned as musicians, but having musical talents, collaborated on their off duty time to rehearse and perform for base dances, social functions and military ceremonies.  These activities eventually led to the establishment of the band c. 1918. The band itself is one of the oldest American military units in Hawaii, even older than Marine

Forces Pacific itself.  Pictures indicate that the first title of the band was simply "Marine Post Band".  The band played for official military ceremonies and provided entertainment for social events.  The Post Band spent the next 75 years at Marine Barracks Pearl Harbor.  When the Navy established Pearl Harbor as its own, the name of the band changed to "Marine Barracks Band".  Other titles over the years include the "Pacific Area Marine Band, Territory of Hawaii" and the "Pacific Area Drum and Bugle Corps".

In September 1944, by order of Lieutenant General H.M. "Howlin' Mad" Smith, the band was renamed the "Fleet Marine Forces Pacific Band" and was attached to Marine Forces Pacific.

In 1993 the band moved from Marine Barracks, Pearl Harbor to its present location at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.  Today, as it was in the past, the band is a versatile organization comprised of Marines with a wide range of musical talents.  They come from all across America to do what they love - play music and bear the title "United States Marine".

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.

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

If you attend a Rock Band performance and are expecting to hear marches, you’ll be disappointed. 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 islandflavor 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, you will get a YES or NO from our operations section and future information to follow.

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