There are ten Marine Corps Fleet Bands in addition to the US Marine Band and the US Marine Drum and Bugle Corps. Fleet Marine Force musicians are trained combat warriors, who have marched with commands since the inception of the Corps. Marine Corps Bands perform at ceremonies, parades, festivals, professional sporting events, concerts, and other public events across the United States and around the world. Marine Corps Bands entertain and educate their audiences; inspire patriotism and represent American values through music; and represent the discipline and professionalism of the Marine Corps itself.
Musicians were among the first to enlist in the newly formed United States Marine Corps. They were employed to recruit and were active as musicians and warfighters in the seaports along the Atlantic coast.
In 1798, the US Marine Band was officially established and consisted of 32 drummers and fifers. The remaining Marine musicians were referred to as field musics, and they were assigned to ships and posts across the Marine Corps.