The Marine Forces Reserve Band waits to perform at a Retirement Ceremony for Sergeant Major Jason Cantu at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, Fort...
The Marine Forces Reserve Band performs at the 2023 Houston Rodeo. During their trip to Houston, the MFR Band had the opportunity to perform...
Marines from the MARFORRES Band perform at a Ball during Mardi Gras. Carnival is an important season in New Orleans and our unit is proud to support...
The Marine Forces Reserve Band marches in a parade during Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans. Each parade the band participates in is a...
U.S. Marines assigned to the Marine Forces Reserve Band perform the Armed Forces Medley during halftime of a New Orleans Saints football game at the...
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.
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.
Start your request for musical support by choosing the appropriate request form below. Send that completed request form to us via email (MFR.Band@usmc.mil). 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.
The Marine Forces Reserve Band provides musical support for military ceremonies and other official functions, Marine Corps community relations events, and Marine Corps personnel procurement programs. Each member of the Marine Forces Reserve Band is an active duty Marine and a graduate of Marine Corps Recruit Training and Marine Combat Training, underscoring the motto “Every Marine a Rifleman.”
Marine Forces Reserve Band
2000 Opelousas Avenue
New Orleans, LA. 70114
Commercial: (504) 697-7840
Since November 10, 1775, precision and adaptability have been hallmarks of Marine Corps units. The Marine Forces Reserve Band is no different. The Band is dedicated to excellence and commitment to providing America with a glimpse of Marine Corps’ proficiency and versatility.
The Marine Forces Reserve Band was established October 1, 1978. Under the operational control of the Commander, Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces South, the Band is comprised of 51 active duty Marines stationed aboard the Marine Corps Support Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Band supports the Marine Forces Reserve Major Subordinate Commands: Fourth Marine Logistics Group, Fourth Marine Aircraft Wing, Fourth Marine Division, and Force Headquarters Group as well as Marine Corps Recruiting Command initiatives and national community relation programs.
The Marine Forces Reserve Band travels throughout the United States, performing for millions of people at more than 300 events annually. Previously supported events/locations including Super Bowl XLVII (New Orleans, Louisiana), Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City, Missouri), Fleet Week New York (New York City, New York), Pro Football Hall of Fame Parade and Enshrinement Ceremony (Canton, Ohio), Country Music Awards Festival (Nashville, Tennessee), Texas State Fair (Dallas, Texas), Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (Houston, Texas), and Fiesta Days Celebration (San Antonio, Texas). The Band has also performed abroad in Brazil, Canada, Italy, and Switzerland.
The Marine Forces Reserve Band is proud to be located in the historic and culturally rich city of New Orleans where we perform year-round in a variety of local events including the world-famous Carnival and Mardi Gras parades, and when we travel throughout the country we take every opportunity to share the spirit of the Big Easy with our audiences.
“Laissez les bon temps rouler!” (Let the Good times Roll!) and “Semper Fidelis” (Always Faithful).
In 2022, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Talbot assumed his current role as the Director and Officer in Charge of the Marine Forces Reserve Band in New Orleans, LA.
In March of 2022, Master Sergeant Hauser assumed his current role as the Bandmaster / Staff Non-commissioned Officer In Charge of the Marine Forces Reserve Band in New Orleans, LA.
In December 2020, SSgt Kranendonk reported to Marine Forces Reserve Band in New Orleans, LA as the Enlisted Conductor.
In July of 2023 Gunnery Sergeant Limbrock assumed his current role as the Drum Major of the Marine Forces Reserve Band in New Orleans, LA.
Upon completion of the Unit Leaders Course in 2021, Billingsley was assigned to his current unit, the Marine Forces Reserve Band, where he is currently serving as their Small Ensemble Leader.
In September, 2022 Gunnery Sergeant Koscheski was assigned to the Marine Forces Reserve Band where he currently serves as the Instrument Repair Technician.