Lance Corporal Sunny Lee performed the World Heritage Festival on September 8th, 2023. T
BGen Brodie speaks during a performance of the 3rd MAW Band at the America Chapel Event at Maranatha School.
The Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band and Winnipeg Police Pipe Band march on for the closing of the 157th Scottish Highland Gathering and Games.
GySgt Parks, 3rd MAW Band Drum Major, leads the band during Scottish Fest at in Costa Mesa, CA during Memorial Day weekend.
U.S. Marines with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (3rd MAW) Band, perform during the Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 13, Marine Aircraft Group 13,...
Members of the 3rd Marine Air Wing Band play during the Forward, March Concert at San Diego State University, California, April 6, 2023. The band...
U.S. Marines with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) Band perform at Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 311, Marine Aircraft Group 11, 3rd MAW's...
22-24 September - MCAS Miramar Air Show - MCAS Miramar [More Information]
14 October - 1930 - 3rd MAW Band in concert at Point Loma Nazarene University - San Diego, CA
Start your request for musical support by filling out the appropriate request form below and sending it to SMB_3MAW_Band@usmc.mil for processing. All requests will be processed in the order received in a timely manner. If your request is approved, a representative from the band will reach out to you for coordination. If your request is denied, an email explaining why your request is not eligible to receive support will be provided.
Marine musicians perform a wide variety of military and civic events such as ceremonies, parades, festivals, public concerts, educational outreach, and professional sporting events. Music support utilizes a variety of ensembles including a wind ensemble, ceremonial band, brass band, jazz combo, popular music group, brass quintet, jazz ensemble, and bugler.
Whether a traditional concert hall, outdoor venue or parade, military band performances must be free and open to the public. Marine Bands may perform at fairs, exhibitions and similar venues with admission fees if the performance is incidental to the primary event and no additional fee is charged to hear the band perform. Additional restrictions may apply.
The Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band's mission is to support the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing by providing a professional product at military ceremonies and civilian events and providing security for the Tactical Air Command Center.
The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band was established for service during WWII. Soon after WWII ended, the band was deactivated and its members were sent to serve in Marine units in China and at Marine Corps Air Station Ewa, Hawaii. In 1952 the Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band was officially reactivated at Marine Corps Air Station Miami, Florida in support of the Korean conflict.
In 1957, while the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing relocated to Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in California, the band remained in Miami and was assigned to Marine Air Group (MAG) 31. Later, the musicians attached to MAG-31 were integrated into the Air Fleet Pacific Band in El Toro, California. It was at this time the band received the title of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band.
The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing remained at El Toro until 1997, when Naval Air Station Miramar was converted to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California. From 1997 through 1999, all units relocated from Marine Corps Air Station El Toro to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar as part of the base realignment process. The band reported to its current location at MCAS Miramar in January 1999.
The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band has deployed numerous times throughout its history. In addition to the initial deployment to China in WWII, the band’s combat history includes a seven month deployment with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm from October 1990 to April 1991. During that deployment, the band served as a perimeter security machine gun platoon and served in the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Empire of Kuwait, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The band returned to that same region in February of 1999 and 2000, to perform musical goodwill tours. During each of those tours, the band performed over forty concerts in the countries of Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Oman, and the Bahrain for thousands of people including United Sates Dignitaries and Arabic royalty. In February 2003, the band returned to Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom for a four month deployment as a perimeter security platoon at Ahmed Al Jaber Air Base. Among the few musical duties that the band was able to perform during the deployment was a concert at a palace of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in Babylon, Iraq, marking the first American military band to perform in Iraq. Beginning in August 2004, the band assumed perimeter security for the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Tactical Air Command Center (TACC) Compound at Al Asad in the Al Anbar province in Iraq. The musical highlight of the deployment was the First Marine Expeditionary Force Change of Command ceremony at Camp Fallujah I September 2004. The band returned to the United States on March 7, 2005. The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing brought the band back to Al Asad in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005-2007 to perform perimeter security for the TACC Compound once again. The most recent deployment has been with the addition of troops to Afghanistan. The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band has once again answered the call and sent a portion of its members to Camp Leatherneck, Helmond Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to perform security for Tactical A.R. Command Center Security.
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Alex J. Panos serves as the Director, Conductor, and Officer in Charge of
Master Sergeant Devon Van enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and attended Recruit Training in
Gunnery Sergeant Geoffrey Parks enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and attended Recruit Training in