Musician Enlistment Option Program
Members of each Marine Corps musical unit become part of a storied tradition, following in the footsteps of legendary Marine musicians like John Philip Sousa and jazz musician Ellis Marsalis who, for more than 200 years, have called themselves Marines.
If selected, you will have the opportunity to serve with one of the 10 renowned Marine Corps bands throughout the world, or “The Commandant’s Own” Marine Drum & Bugle Corps in Washington DC.
Along with being instrumentalists or vocalists, Marine musicians who demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities will have the opportunity to apply for a diverse selection of leadership roles. Bandmasters, Small Ensemble Leaders, Enlisted Conductors, Drum Majors, and Instrument Repair Technicians are all positions filled by Marine musicians. Marine musicians can also apply to become Band Officers, who serve as the principal conductor and are ultimately responsible for the quality, morale and musical vision of the unit.
First, you must audition and qualify for a placement in the music program. Once you are qualified for enlistment, you will then be required to pass the Initial Strength Test and enter the Delayed Entry Program, during which, your recruiter will prepare you for recruit training.
You will then attend 13 weeks of recruit training at either Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island or Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. There you will learn to be as precise with a weapon as you are with an instrument. To earn the title, Marine, you will be required to meet the moral, physical, and mental standards of the Corps, and learn the skills necessary to accomplish the mission when your nation calls.
Upon completion of Marine Combat Training, you will attend the Naval School of Music where you will receive advanced musical training, both instrumental and academic, before being assigned to one of the Marine Corps bands.
Marine musicians perform throughout the continental United States and internationally – from Tokyo to Sydney to Paris – serving as musical ambassadors of the United States Marine Corps.
USMC Band Locations: Quantico, VA • Cherry Point, NC • Camp Lejuene, NC • Parris Island, SC • New Orleans, LA • Camp Pendleton, CA • Miramar, CA • San Diego, CA • Kaneohe Bay, HI • Okinawa, Japan • Marine Barracks, Washington, DC
Precision, accuracy, endurance, and a commitment to mission accomplishment are some of the defining marks of our Corps as well as Marines serving as professional musicians. Could you be one of the few to perform with the elite? To learn more about serving your nation and sharing your musical talent with the world, contact a local Marine Corps Recruiter or the Musician Placement Director today.
Gunnery Sergeant Holt
Musician Placement Director