Marines form All-Star Jazz Ensemble
By - 1MCD Public Affairs
| | May 22, 2004
TRENTON, N.J. --
Recently, five Marines stationed in four different states came together in Trenton, N.J. to form an “All-Star Marine Jazz Ensemble.” The Marine Quintet was formed by Staff Sgt. Joshua Stone, Musician Placement Director, Garden City, N.Y., in an effort to publicly demonstrate the versatility of Marine musicians and further highlight the enlistment opportunity to local youth.
One such multitalented Marine was Maj. Shane Tomko, Commanding Officer, Recruiting Station Portsmouth, N.H. In addition to being an infantry officer and the current recruiting station commanding officer, he is an accomplished pianist and vocalist.
The group performed at the newly renovated Patriot Theater in Trenton, N.J. as part of Youth Education in the Arts’ annual brass concert celebration.
From left to right standing is Staff Sgt. Timothy Otis, Musician Placement Director, Kansas City, Mo., Sgt. Jason Knuckles, saxophonist, Marine Corps Logistics Base, Albany, Ga., seated are Staff Sgt. Michael Diuguid, drum major, Marine Corps Logistics Base, Albany, Ga., Staff Sgt. Joshua Stone, Musician Placement Director, Garden City, N.Y., and Maj. Shane Tomko, commanding officer, Recruiting Station Portsmouth, N.H.