III Marine Expeditionary Force Band
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III Marine Expeditionary Force
Okinawa, Japan


79th Annual Reunion of Honor

The alliance between Japan and the United States is the cornerstone of peace and stability within the Indo-Pacific region. Yesterday, Marines of the...


42nd Annual Azalea Festival

The Marines of the III MEF Band Wind Ensemble and Brass Band had the honor of performing at the 42nd Annual Azalea Festival. The event featured a...


Music in Our Schools 2024

For almost four decades, The National Association for Music Education has recognized March as "Music In Our Schools Month.” As we continue with...


Western Army Music Festival

The Marines of the III Marine Expeditionary Force Band had the pleasure of performing at the Western Army Music Festival in Kumamoto, Japan. The...


26th Annual Friendship Through Music Concert

Marines of the III MEF Band performed alongside our longtime partners and allies in the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force 15th Band in an exhilarating...


Sound of Friendship 2024

Marines of the III Marine Expeditionary Force Band conducted bilateral training and a subject matter expert exchange with the Royal Thai Air Force...


III MEF Change of Command

Marines of the III Marine Expeditionary Force Band supported the Change of Command Ceremony for III Marine Expeditionary Force, held to commemorate...


III MEF Band News

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 ensemble configurations to include wind ensemble, ceremonial band, brass band, jazz combo, popular music group, brass quintet, jazz ensemble, and bugler.

Public & Civic Events

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. 

Policy and Legal Restrictions
  1. U.S. Military participation does not imply endorsement of the event or the organization hosting the event. The requested information is required to evaluate the event. Please complete all sections.
  2. Armed Forces musical units are organized for ceremonial and traditional purposes and to support recruiting activities. However, they may be authorized to provide certain specified presentations, such as patriotic ceremonies for public programs. Armed Forces musical organizations are not permitted to provide entertainment, background, dinner, dance or other social music at public or private events in competition with the customary or regular employment of local civilian musicians. Limited resources permit only one band and/or choir to perform at an event, and the Military Services reserve the right to cancel support to requesters who have scheduled more than one such military unit.
  3. Department of Defense (DoD) policies require that Armed Forces participation in public events will be provided at no additional cost to the Government, which means un-programmed costs incurred solely because of participation in or support of an unplanned activity. For example, additional costs to the Government include unplanned travel and transportation, meals and lodging for military personnel away from Government mess, civilian per diem, and overtime pay. Unsolicited contributions of money, personal property, or services (e.g., gifts in kind for lodging, meals, transportation) may be accepted for the benefit of military musical units for events that align with the DoD's mission. All costs are binding after a unit, personnel, or exhibit has arrived at an event site, even though weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstances force the event to be cancelled.
  4. Requests should be submitted to the appropriate Military Service not less than 30 days in advance of a scheduled program. Final determination will occur no earlier than 90 days in advance. Please realize that all Armed Forces units have specific military missions and training requirements. Participation in public programs will only be authorized when such support is in the best interests of the DoD and the Military Services and does not interfere with mission or training programs. In all cases, operational commitments must take priority and can cause previously scheduled appearances to be cancelled.
Performance Request Process

Start your request for musical support by choosing the appropriate request form below. Once received, we will determine whether we can support your request. If your request is approved, a representative from the band will reach out to you for coordination. If your request is denied, you/your organization will receive an email explaining why your request is not eligible to receive support.

Military Request Form
Civilian Request Form

As the Eastern Hemisphere’s sole musical representative of the United States Marine Corps, the III MEF Band enjoys a busy schedule filled with performances across Okinawa and throughout the Far East each year.  The band capitalizes on this unique position by making it a priority to present community outreach performances and participating in international military band festivals.

UNIT 35601
FPO AP 96382

Calling from Japan
DSN: 645-3919
From a Cell Phone: 098-970-3919
FAX: 645-7786

Calling from United States
Phone Number: 011-81-98-970-3919
Fax: 011-81-611-745-7786


III Marine Expeditionary Force Band Leaders

III Marine Expeditionary Force Band

Master Gunnery Sergeant J. Michael Stanley studied Music Education and Applied French Horn at

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