Parris Island Marine Band
Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island
Marine Corps Recruit Depot
Parris Island, South Carolina

Parris Island Marine Band
Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island
Marine Corps Recruit Depot
Parris Island, South Carolina

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Beaufort Memorial Day Parade

U.S. Marines from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort and the Parris Island Band participate in the Memorial Day Parade at Beaufort, South Carolina,...

02

MEOP Tour

U.S. Marines with the Parris Island Marine Band, Headquarters and Service Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, perform in Littleton...

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Military Music Joint Performance

Members of the Parris Island Marine Band and the 282nd Army Band, Fort Jackson, Savannah Ga., perform at the Waterfront Park in Beaufort S.C., Mar...

04

Popular Music Group

U.S. Marines with the Parris Island Marine Band, Headquarters and Service Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island perform during the...

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Morning Colors Ceremony

A U.S. Marine with the Parris Island Marine Band plays a trumpet solo during a colors ceremony at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South...

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Veterans Day Concert

The Parris Island Marine Band, with Headquarters and Service Battalion preform a Veterans Day concert at Naval Heritage Park in Beaufort, S.C., Nov....

 

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

The Parris Island Marine Band’s primary mission is to inspire audiences through superior musical excellence as direct representatives of the Commanding General of Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island and the Eastern Recruiting Region. We will exemplify the Marine Corps values and characteristics which serve as hallmarks of the most elite fighting force in the entire world. The Marines of the Parris Island Marine band will continuously sustain a successful culture rich in discipline, professionalism, balanced excellence, and compassion for each other.

OFFICER IN CHARGE
ATTN: DEPOT BAND
PO BOX 19330
PARRIS ISLAND SC 29905-9330

Commercial: (843) 228-2644
DSN: 335-2178

PARR_SMB_MCRDPI_BAND@usmc.mil

In 1775 a few good men answered the call of their country to establish the United States Marine Corps. Since then, our tradition has grown and developed. Each successive generation of Marines inherits the tradition and pride the Corps has earned through sacrifice, honor, and duty to Corps and country. The Parris Island Marine Band reflects those qualities which are truly and uniquely “Marine”, and has earned the reputation as being one of the premier musical units in the United States Armed Forces.
On October 28, 1915, the Department of the Navy officially transferred Marine Corps Recruit Training from Norfolk, Virginia to Parris Island, South Carolina. Among the first 750 Marines sent to Parris Island were the Depot’s first Bandmaster, Sergeant William Gauer, and the Depot’s first Drum Major, Sergeant Anton Schnichowski, who with a group of Marine Musicians, formed the Parris Island Marine Band. (Until this time, musicians had been trained by individual bands, so a field music school was established at Parris Island to train buglers who were still being used for calls and signals.) Previously, Marine Musicians had been trained in individual fleet bands to satisfy functions such as being a bugler, which was used to signal important times and movements throughout the day. Musicians also augmented as marksmanship instructors, close combat instructors, and provided support for various units on the Depot.
In addition to the constant state of musical readiness for which Marine bands are known, the members never lose sight of the fact that they are, first and foremost, Marines. To live up to this responsibility, the band participates in all required Marine Corps training, consisting of Marine field exercises, physical fitness and combat readiness tests, combat water survival, and annual service rifle qualification. This is to ensure Marine musicians remain prepared to perform their primary mission as basic Marine riflemen.
“The band was an efficient musical unit,” said Captain Charles Pearson, Parris Island Marine Band Officer from 1964-1967, and 1969-1972. “[The band] is a representation of a spirit, a feeling difficult to define. There is something about a stirring march that often reaches a person’s soul, to the very center of his being. It might be called patriotism, courage, or almost anything,” Pearson continued. “But it’s essentially the spirit that makes people yearn to excel and to do for others. The Parris Island Marine Band is truly a living symbol of ‘Esprit de Corps’.”
Today, the Parris Island Marine Band is comprised of fifty enlisted instrumentalists and one Band Officer, performs hundreds of commitments each year across a variety of ensembles. The different ensembles within the band include but are not limited to a Concert Band, Marching/Ceremonial Band, Quintets, and Jazz Combo. The Parris Island Marine Band’s primary mission is to inspire audiences through superior musical excellence as direct representatives of the Commanding General of Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island and the Eastern Recruiting Region. We will exemplify the Marine Corps values and characteristics which serve as hallmarks of the most elite fighting force in the entire world. The Marines of the Parris Island Marine band will continuously sustain a successful culture rich in discipline, professionalism, balanced excellence, and compassion for each other.
The culmination of military pride and efficiency, along with precise musical expertise, is what defines United States Marine Music Program apart from any other military unit. The Parris Island Marine Band is dedicated to upholding and displaying the high standards and traditions established by the United States Marine Corps.
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DateTimeEvent NameLocationDetailsWebsite
7/20/202410:00 AM68th Annual Beaufort Water Festival Grand ParadeDowntown Beaufort, SCCeremonial BandWebsite
7/26/20247:45 AMMorning Colors CeremonyBarrow Hall, Parris IslandCeremonial Band 
7/26/20249:00 AMGraduation CeremonyPeatross Parade Deck, Parris IslandCeremonial Band 

MCRD Parris Island Band Leaders

USMC Officer In Charge
Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island Band

WO Tompo currently serves as the Officer in Charge (OIC) for the Parris Island Marine Band. She has served in this capacity since June 2023.

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USMC Instrument Repair Technician
Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island Band

SSgt Murray currently serves as the Instrument Repair Technician (IRT) in the Parris Island Marine Band. He has performed in this capacity since June of 2024.

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USMC Drum Major
Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island Band

SSgt Woda currently serves as Drum Major in the Parris Island Marine Band. She has performed in this capacity since 2024.

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USMC Enlisted Conductor
Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island Band

GySgt Michael B. Barnett currently serves as the Enlisted Conductor in the Parris Island Marine Band. He has performed in this capacity since August 2023.

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USMC Production Manager
Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island Band

SSgt Norris serves as the Production Manager in the Parris Island Marine Band and has performed in this capacity since July of 2023.

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