“The Division’s Own”
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NEWSLETTER OF THE 2D MARINE DIVISION BAND

Celebrating the Sounds of the Season
By Cpl Melissa L. Karnath The 2d Marine Division Band began to ring in the holiday season on December 1st with a concert in Bolivia, NC, sponsored by the local Veteran’s Association. To open the concert, a medley of both religious and secular well known Christmas songs was performed. Next, we featured SSgt Hunt, Sgt Anderson, and LCpl Frick on trumpet, performing “Bugler’s Holiday.” The performance of “Greensleeves” was dedicated to all the men and women currently serving in the military who are not able to be with their families this holiday season. The concert continued with “Sleigh Ride” highlighting the percussion section who provided unique musical effects. The 2d Marine Division Big Band then performed upbeat arrangements of “Go Tell it on the Mountain”, “Winter Wonderland”, and “Let it Snow.” To transition back to the second half of the concert, the trombone quartet was featured, performing a selection of traditional holiday carols. The second half of the concert opened with Morton Gould’s “Jingle Bells” followed by a moving carol entitled “Sussex Mummers.” To honor and pay tribute to the many veterans in the audience, “Armed Forces ‘72” was performed followed by a standing ovation with cheers from the audience. As an encore selection, the 2d Marine Division Band played “White Christmas” which many in the audience sang along with tears in their eyes. The 2d Marine Division Band continued to spread sounds of the season by performing a second concert at the Base Theatre aboard Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune on December 15th. In addition to the December 1st program, the 2d Marine Division Band performed Tschaikowsky’s “Waltz of the Flowers,” highlighting our pianist LCpl Ramirez. “ ‘ Twas the Night Before Christmas” was read by MSgt Mark Munger USMC (Ret.) and the concert concluded with “Here Comes Santa Claus.” To the delight of all the children, Gunny Claus made an appearance. Happy Holidays from the 2d Marine Division Band!

INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
Concert Guest Performers CWO2 Brown Retirement Birthday Balls JDC In the Community Hail & Farewell Welcome Aboard Training Promotions Good Stuff

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Featured Marine 9-10 Awards Re-enlistment Featured Fan Marine Musician This Month in History Upcoming Events Tone Deaf 10 10 11 12 12

Left: LCpl Frick, SSgt Hunt, and Sgt Anderson performing “Bugler’s Holiday.” Right: The 2d Marine Division Big Band.

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Concert Guest Performers
2d Marine Division Band (2d MDB): How did you feel about being asked to perform with the 2d Marine Division Band? Cpl Ivery: I felt honored because I’m stationed with another band. It’s been great to see people I know that I haven't talked to in a long time. 2d MDB: What do you enjoy most about playing bassoon? Cpl Ivery: It’s a very unique instrument, there’s nothing else in a band that sounds like it. 2d MDB: What is your current job in the Marine Corps and where are you stationed? Cpl Ivery: I am a Marine musician and play the alto saxophone and bassoon. I am stationed with the 2d Marine Aircraft Wing Band at Cherry Point, NC. 2d MDB: What was your favorite piece to play in the concert? Cpl Ivery: “ ’Twas the Night Before Christmas”

By Cpl Melissa L. Karnath

The 2d Marine Division Band welcomed Cpl Ivery and Mrs. Christy Pastor as guest bassoonists for the holiday con cert on December 15th. Cpl William Ivery III

Christy Pastor
2d Marine Division Band (2d MDB): How did you feel about being asked to perform with the 2d Marine Division Band? Christy: I felt very honored and very excited. I wasn’t expecting to be asked. 2d MDB: What do you enjoy most about playing bassoon? Christy: It’s relaxing and a stress reliever. I also find it very enjoyable. 2d MDB: What is your current job? Christy: I am the lead personal trainer for Marine Corps Community Services. 2d MDB: What was your favorite piece to play in the concert? Christy:“ ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”

Retirement

By Cpl Daniel Cvach

On October 18th, the band wished fair winds and following seas to its Band Officer, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Forest Q. Brown, as he retired from active duty. During his 20   year tenure as a Marine Musician, CWO2 Brown has served rd at: the 3 Marine Aircraft Wing Band located at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, California, the 1st Marine Division Band located at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Marine Forces Reserve Band located in New Orleans, Louisiana, III Marine Expeditionary Force Band located in Okinawa, Japan and the 2d Marine Division Band located at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He also served as the Musician Technical Assistant for 4th Marine Corps Recruiting District. The ceremony, held inside the Band Hall due to inclement     weather, was filled with close friends and family. Guests were treated to musical selections by the jazz trio and brass quintet. We at the 2d Marine Division Band wish the best of luck in your future endeavors, Sir. Semper Fi!

CWO2 Brown , USMC (Ret.) and his wife Pam Brown

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Birthday Ball Season

By Cpl Kenneth Rissley

In 1952 the Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Lemuel C. Shepherd Jr., formalized the cake-cutting ceremony in recognition of the birth of the United States Marine Corps. Marine Corps policy now states that the first pieces of cake must be presented to the oldest and youngest Marines present, along with the guest of honor. Among the many such mandates is a solemn reading of the 13th Commandant, General John A. Lejeune’s, birthday message to the Corps. Like the Marine Corps itself, the annual Birthday Ball has evolved from simple origins to the polished and professional functions of today. Throughout the world on 10 November, U.S. Marines celebrate the birth of their Corps -- the most loyal, most feared, most revered, and most professional fighting force the world has ever known. This year, the 2d Marine Division Band has performed at 36 different units’ Birthday Ball ceremonies, adding up to over 4500 miles traveled all over Eastern North Carolina.

Marines not only honor their birthday, but they celebrate it. In 1923, Marines stationed at the Marine Barracks at Ft. Mifflin, Pennsylvania, staged a formal dance, however the first "formal" Birthday Ball took place in Philadelphia in 1925. Guests included the Commandant, the Secretary of War and a host of statesmen and elected officials. Prior to the Ball, Gen. John A. Lejeune unveiled a memorial plaque at Tun Tavern, then the entourage headed to the Benjamin Franklin Hotel for an evening of festivities and frolicking. Over the years the annual Birthday Ball grew and grew, taking on a life of its own.

Above left: The drum and trumpet detail marches to “French Foreign Legion” at the Division Officer’s Ball. Above: The band performing at the Division Officer’s Ball.

Joint Daytime Ceremony and Historical Pageant
By Cpl Melissa L. Karnath On November 2, 2012 the Joint Daytime Ceremony was held at Liversedge Field, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. The ceremony takes place each year to celebrate the birthday of the Marine Corps and also to remind us that the Marine Corps has made various marks on the history of our great nation. The ceremony began with a re-designation of colors of each organization that is a part of Marine Corps Installations East; which includes all units aboard Camp Lejeune as well as training schools aboard Camp Johnson. The historical pageant then took place with Marines dressed in Marine Corps uniforms of various time periods since 1775. Each period highlighted was when a significant event took place throughout the history of the Marine Corps. The 2d Marine Division Band highlighted the pageant by playing musical clips which were familiar to the time period. The last part of the ceremony was the traditional cake cutting ceremony, in which the first piece of cake was given to the oldest and then youngest Marine present at the ceremony.

 

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In the end of September the 2d Marine Division Band had the pleasure of traveling to Massachusetts to perform in parades and daily concerts at the “Big E.” While there, the band was honored to have the opportunity to perform at numerous high schools in the area as a part of a recruiting tour. The faculty and students were ecstatic to hear the band, and their enthusiasm grew as the 2d Marine Division Rock Band took the stage. Cpl Drake (bass), LCpl Mills (drum set), and LCpl Corderman (guitar) put the rock band together themselves, arranged their own songs, and rehearsed with no intent of performing. The 2d Marine Division Band was excited to see a part of history from one of our own while at the “Big E”. There was a former Marine who was a musician with the Parris Island Marine Band, Parris Island, South Carolina in 1956. He was a clarinetist and said he was glad to see the Marines in the 2d Marine Division Band carrying on the traditions that the Marine Bands are known for.

Out in the Community

By Cpl Kenneth Rissley

Above: The band marching during a parade at The Big “E” in Springfield, MA. By Cpl Juan Garcia Jr.

Above: The band performing at the Big “E”.

The 2d Marine Division Band also had the opportunity to travel to Topsfield, Massachusetts to perform a series of concerts at the annual Topsfield Fair. The 2d Marine Division Band performed on October 1st in honor of Senior Citizens Day and on October 2nd for active duty and veterans for Military Day. The Music performed consisted of patriotic marches and tunes to bring spirit to our brothers and sisters that have and are serving in the armed forces. This was the Band’s first time performing at the Topsfield Fair. While at the Topsfield Fair, the 2d Marine Division Band had the pleasure of dedicating one of our many concerts to a retired Marine officer who was actively engaged in the battle of Iwo Jima as a communications officer. This was a “great reality check” says Cpl Rissley, a clarinetist. “It really made the things we learn in recruit training come to life. To perform for someone who was a part of that history is a true honor and privilege.” On October 23rd the 2d Marine Division Band was honored to perform at the 29th Beirut Observance Ceremony. The ceremony was held at the Beirut Memorial in Jacksonville, NC. For twenty-nine years the ceremony has been held to honor and remember the two hundred and forty one Marines, Sailors, and Soldiers who perished from a terrorist bombing at the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. This tragic event took place on October 23rd 1983 when a non-Lebanese, terrorist-driven truck loaded with compressed gas-enhanced explosives crashed into the building housing 1st Battalion, 8th Marines. Many of the victims were stationed near Jacksonville, NC thus the Jacksonville community was stunned by this tragic event. On the afternoon of the bombing the City of Jacksonville Beautification and Appearance Commission met and decided to seek permission to plant trees in memorial to each person who perished on October 23, 1983. Since the commission had previously established a memorial tree program, and the community of Jacksonville was so moved over the terrorist attack, funds began being collected both locally and nationally to support the tree planting.  
By Cpl Melissa L. Karnath

Above: Master Gunnery Sergeant Boatright leads the band during the Beirut Observance Ceremony.

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Out in the Community Continued
Students at Northwoods Park Middle School began a support project by writing letters to the families of each of the men who lost their lives in Beirut. The students also helped raise funds for the memorial trees. Less than six months after the bombing, one tree had been planted for each service member lost on October 23rd along Lejeune Blvd. in Jacksonville and the tree project was dedicated in March 1984. After the dedication for the tree project, funds continued to be donated and the Commission began seeking to have a memorial constructed. Construction began in May 1986 and the completed memorial was dedicated on October 23, 1986 with about 2,000 people in attendance. The memorial has 273 names engraved on it, including those who perished in Beirut, those who died from injuries later, and three Marine pilots from the community of Jacksonville who were killed in Grenada. This year, Brigadier General Thomas A. Gorry, Commanding General of Marine Corps Installations East-Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, was the guest speaker. BGen Gorry spoke of a few of the Marines who perished in Beirut on October 23, 1983. His speech reminded each person attending the ceremony how important it is to remember this tragedy each year. The ceremony concluded with the laying of wreaths, the playing of Taps, and family members of the victims visiting the wall. The 2d Marine Division Band is humbled each year to participate in this memorable ceremony.

Left: SSgt Hunt ready to play Taps. Right: The Beirut Memorial. Below Right: The 2d Marine Division Band marching in the Veteran’s Day Parade.

By Cpl Daniel Cvach

During the month of November, the 2d Marine Division Band was busy in the community of Jacksonville, NC celebrating Veterans Day and the upcoming holiday season. On November 3rd, the band marched down Western Blvd. in Jacksonville, NC, in front of an enthusiastic crowd to celebrate Veterans Day. The parade route was packed with spectators, who cheered as the band played “Battle Cry of Freedom”, “Semper Fidelis March”, and “The Marines’ Hymn”. On November 12, the Brass Quintet supported the Veteran’s Day celebration for the Disabled American Veterans chapter located in Jacksonville, NC. On November 17th, the band kicked off the holiday season performing in the Onslow County Holiday Parade. In front of another packed crowd, the spirit of Christmas filled the air as the band marched down Western Blvd.

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Hail and Farewell

By Cpl Juan Garcia Jr.

The 2d Marine Division Band said goodbye to four Marines in October and November. CWO2 Brown (Officer in Charge) retired after 20 years of service and will reside in Richland, NC. SSgt Miranda (flute) joined the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, in Cherry Point, NC. Sgt Bias (trumpet) ended his active service and will be staying in the surrounding area further his education. Cpl Leach (trombone) ended his active service and will be returning to his home in Maynardville, TN to further his education. The band wishes them the very best in their endeavors and appreciates the work that these Marines accomplished during their tour with the 2d Marine Division Band.

CWO2 Brown

SSgt Miranda

Sgt Bias

Cpl Leach

Welcome Aboard

By Cpl Juan Garcia Jr.

LCpl Ramirez

LCpl Pouncey

LCpl Lee

In October and November, the band welcomed three new Marines from the Navy School of Music located in Virginia Beach, VA. LCpl Ramirez (piano) from Burleson, TX, LCpl Pouncey (clarinet) from Winston-Salem, NC, and LCpl Lee (saxophone) from Honolulu, HI.

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Training

Left: MGySgt Boatright sprinting 880 meters. Middle: Sgt Anderson performing ammo can lifts. Right: Cpl Moncrieff throwing a grenade during the maneuver under fire. Below: Sgt Muschamp running with ammo cans during the maneuver under fire. By Cpl Juan Garcia

The Combat Fitness Test (CFT) is an annual requirement for activeduty and reserve Marines. Marines will perform the same tasks, but will be graded on different scales based on age and gender. The CFT can be taken anytime from July through December for score and is intended to prepare Marines for the physical hardships of combat operations. Individual readiness will be measured by requiring Marines to complete three events. The first event, movement to contact, requires Marines to perform a timed 880 meter sprint. Following the sprint, 30-pound ammo can lifts are used to simulate an ammunition resupply. The lifts is executed by pressing the can overhead from shoulder height until the arms are fully extended, repeatedly, for two minutes. The final event, maneuver under fire, is a timed 300-yard shuttle run in which Marines are paired up by weight and perform a series of combat-related tasks which include: low crawling, fireman’s carrying a casualty, and running with two ammo cans. This year one-third of the band received perfect score of 300 as well as the majority of the band receiving 1st class score.

By Cpl Melissa L. Karnath

For about two months in the fall, Marines voluntarily took part in Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) . Training took place before working hours and each Marine built upon their previous MCMAP skills to further their self defense abilities. Marines that earned their green belt are: SSgt Williams, Sgt Mathis, Cpl Laderer, Cpl McClallen, and Cpl Zheng. The green belt is the third out of five levels of progression. Congratulations on your hard work and success in earing your green belt!

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Promotion

By Cpl Juan Garcia Jr.

The 2d Marine Division Band would like to congratulate our newest NonCommissioned Officer, Cpl Jacob Reeves from St. Louis, MO. Congratulations Marine!

Good Stuff

By Cpl Melissa L. Karnath

Above: SSgt Talbot working in the sound room. Right: SSgt Talbot with his certificate of graduation.

In November our Small Ensemble Leader, SSgt Talbot, graduated from the Sound Reinforcement Course at the Navy School of Music in Virginia Beach, VA. This course is 45 days long and prepares Marines to provide proper sound reinforcement for their musical units. At the course he learned about electricity, nature of sound waves, digital mixing consoles, and other reinforcement equipment such as microphones and speakers. Congratulations on your graduation!

In December, SSgt Phagan and SSgt Williams graduated from the Staff Non-Commissioned Officers Academy (SNCOA). The SNCOA provides additional education and leadership training to enhance the qualifications of Staff Non-Commissioned Officers (SNCO’s). The academy is an eight week long course and upon graduation SNCO’s will be trained to take on greater responsibilities and be ready to provide greater contributions to the Marine Corps.
Above: SSgt Williams and SSgt Phagan.

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Featured Marine
By Cpl Kenneth Rissley

2d Marine Division Band (2MDB): Where were you born? Raised? High School? College? Cpl Stegeman: I was born at OSU in Columbus, Ohio on 26 April, 1991. I was raised in West Chester Ohio and graduated Lakota East High School. I studied music at Capital University be fore deciding to enlist active duty in the Marine Corps. 2d MDB: Why did you decide to join the Marine Corps to be a musician? Cpl Stegeman: I was already planning on making trumpet a part of my career when I decided to join the Marine Corps. It was definitely fate that led me to switch my path from reserve to active. At the end of my first semester at Capital, my trumpet and French horn were stolen leaving me nothing. I didn’t have the money to buy a new one and with everything that had happened that semester I realized that wasn’t where I wanted to be for the next 3 ½ years. 2d MDB: Why do you believe music is important to the Marine Corps? Cpl Stegeman: I believe music is important because of one of the elements the Marine Corps thrives on, tradition. I mean come on, the Marine Corps started with an infantry and a band. 2d MDB: What has been your most memorable performance in your career so far? Why? Cpl Stegeman: My most memorable performance was at the beginning of my time in the fleet. I had been in the 2d Marine Division Band about 3 months and I was performing with the brass quintet. It was my first time playing taps for a memorial service, and while my mouthpiece was to my mouth, and as I took my breath to play, I caught a glimpse of 3 families crying. I thought that was one of the hardest things I had ever had to do in my life, and it was a true test of my military bearing. 2d MDB: What inspires you to play music? Why? Cpl Stegeman: I am inspired to play music by the constant reach out and tradition I am able to provide to people, especially to my fellow brothers and sisters at arms, and even more so the retired, because I, as a Marine musician, am able to bring to life what people once felt, whether it be on the battle field, in an airplane, or in a workshop. 2d MDB: What was your favorite part of being deployed? Least favorite? Cpl Stegeman: My favorite part was building trust and enduring relationships with the Afghan people to enable the Battle Space Commander to achieve his objectives. My least favorite part was not having a good shower for 45+ days. 2d MDB: How would you describe the Female Engagement Team (FET) to someone who doesn’t know anything about it? Cpl Stegeman: The team consists of 45 to 50 female Marines and is paired into teams of 2-3. They are trained to directly support the Battle Space Commander or attached to Infantry Battalions. The FET’s mission was to engage the local population of Afghanistan in order to foster communication between U.S. and Afghan forces while respecting local customs. The main objective was to earn trust of the Afghan people and build relationships with the communities. Women make up over 50% of the Afghan population. Other ways the FET were employed consisted of identifying atmospherics, information operations, civil military operations, information dissemination, census patrols, entry control check points, vehicle control check points, Governments centers/events, key leader engagements and information gathering. FETs operate as “follow in trace” elements to abide by DOD policy of females in combat. In simpler terms, we’re a group of female Marines out there working hand in hand with our brothers accomplishing the mission one Afghan at a time. 2d MDB: Would you do it again? Cpl Stegeman: I would do it again in a heartbeat. 2d MDB: What is it like deploying and not doing your everyday job? Cpl Stegeman: At first the Female Engagement team was a new exciting experience that I put all my effort into learning more about. A few months in country I started missing playing my instrument. I missed waking up knowing I’d do something I love to do that day. Granted, while I was deployed I still woke up everyday ready for a new experience and adventure to seek out, but it didn’t fully fill the hole not playing music left.

 

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2d MDB: How long were you deployed? Cpl Stegeman: I deployed the end of September 2011 and returned stateside beginning of April 2012. 2d MDB: If you had the power to change one thing about the Marine Corps, what would it be? Cpl Stegeman: I would make the fitness standards for both males and females the same. 2d MDB: Any advice for fellow, and or younger Marines? Cpl Stegeman: Be constantly observant, and know who you NEED to lead, and who you can mentor. You need to know your Marines, and part of that is knowing that everybody takes a different type of leadership style to succeed. This will form a bond of trust vertically, and horizontally, rank wise of course.

Re-Enlistment
By Cpl Juan Garcia Jr. In the month of December, Sgt Mathis (clarinet) re-enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. She will be transferring to a new Marine Corps band soon.

Awards
By Cpl Juan Garcia Jr.

CWO2 Brown received the Meritorious Service Medal for his outstanding work as the Officer in Charge at the 2d Marine Division Band. SSgt Dwyer, SSgt Hunt, Sgt Anderson, and Sgt Hanna received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for outstanding leadership during the birthday ball season.. Cpl Garcia was awarded the Good Conduct Medal. SSgt Hunt, Sgt Fernandez, Cpl Adkins, Cpl Cvach, and Cpl Karnath received letters of appreciation from BGen Banta for their brass quintet performance at his promotion ceremony. Congratulations to all these Marines for there hard work and dedication.

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Featured Fan
By Cpl Kenneth Rissley

 

2d Marine Division Band (2d MDB): Full Name, rank, age, and unit/section/ billet? GySgt D’Andrea: David Philip D’Andrea, Gunnery Sergeant, 37 years old, Headquarters Battalion 2D Marine Division / S6 Chief

2d MDB: Where were you born? Raised? High School? College? GySgt D’Andrea: I was born and raised in Belmont Massachusetts and attended Belmont High School. I am currently taking courses through American Military University working towards a degree in Business Management. 2d MDB: When/Why did you decide to join the Marine Corps?

GySgt D’Andrea: I originally joined the Corps in 1993 and served as a 3531 MT operator until 97. As a civilian I worked as a mechanic in Massachusetts until early 2003 when I reenlisted as a 0651, Data Marine. Back in 93 when I graduated high school I did not really have any direction and I knew college was not for me at the time. I figured joining the Marines was a good way to break out and see what life had to offer. 2d MDB: Why do you believe music is important to the Marine Corps? GySgt D’Andrea: Tradition! We as Marines are proud of our roots. Precision, dedication, and mastering of our trade are all qualities that Marines should strive for. Every Marine Corps band that I have witnessed has represented what I would strive for, (damn near) perfection. 2d MDB: Where do you see yourself in 20 years? GySgt D’Andrea: 57 years old is not something anyone thinks about that often. I want to retire from our Corps and follow my passion of restoring vintage cars and trucks. Hopefully my body will hold up that long. 2d MDB: What is the difference between a ceremony with a band, and one with a recording in your eyes? GySgt D’Andrea: One is a ceremony, and the other is a joke. Having a live band adds to the overall feel and the importance of an event. It is the professionalism and dedication that these Marines display through their performance that makes or breaks a ceremony. 2d MDB: What is your favorite, or most memorable moment involving a Marine Corps band? GySgt D’Andrea: I was stationed in Stuttgart, Germany for 3 years and I was able to make my way to Belleau Woods France for a Memorial Day celebration. I am not sure which band was there, but they played to such a high standard. I enjoyed watching and listening to the Marines play our music, on soil that our brothers fought and bled on, to preserve our freedom and way of life. 2d MDB: Do you have any musical background? GySgt D’Andrea: The simple answer is no. 2d MDB: Any advice for fellow, and or younger Marines? GySgt D’Andrea: Enjoy it! No matter how bad you think things are, or how much you would rather be doing something else, enjoy the now. Enjoy your fellow Marines and no matter how small the task is take pride in what you do and who you are. Don’t do it for the Corps, do it for yourself and the ones you love. Semper Fidelis! 2d MDB: Any extra words you would like to say about the Marines in the band? GySgt D’Andrea: I’d like to say thank you to all the Band Marines for your hard work and dedication. I feel that the expectation for you to perform flawlessly is always there (AND YOU DO). However, I believe that not enough attention is paid to the sacrifices that you make to play as superbly as you do. Thank you for all you do Marines!

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Marine Musician of the Year

By Cpl Melissa L. Karnath

Every year, Marine musicians are nominated for Staff Non-Commissioned Officer Musician of the Year and Marine Musician of the Year, respectively. Nominees are selected by their commands. In order to make their decision, the board considers available information on each nominee to include: past and current military performance and awards, their musical audio recording, and their Band Officer’s letter of recommendation. The recipients of this award are awarded a Navy Commendation Medal which is presented during the annual Marine Corps Musical Leadership Symposium. All other nominees receive a Certificate of Commendation. This award was created to promote and recognize motivation, individual achievement, teamwork, and to emphasize the importance of musicians in the Corps. Music has a rich history in the Marines as musicians have been serving during peace and war in the Corps since 1775. Recognition of Marine musicians and what they contribute to their units and our Corps is most important. This year the 2d Marine Division Band takes pride in recognizing two of it’s outstanding Marine musicians by nominating SSgt Matthew Phagan and Cpl Dylan Drake for their contributions as musical ambassadors of the Corps.

Left: Cpl Drake (string bass) Right: SSgt Phagan (euphonium)

This Month in History
By Cpl Melissa L. Karnath

For years, Marine Bands have participated in the festivities of Columbus Day celebrations in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The band performed two concerts at the Klein Auditorium then marched in the parade. Sponsoring the Bands was The Council of Italian-American Societies of Greater Bridgeport, Inc. who always provided delicious food and great hotel accommodations. Left: The 2d Marine Division Band parading down a street in Bridgeport, CT in 1967. Right: The 2d Marine Division Band parading in Bridgeport, CT in 2011.

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Upcoming Events
Date January 7-11 January 14-18 February 15 Grass Week– Rifle Qualification Training Range Week– Rifle Qualification DIV, 6th Marine Regiment Change of Command Ceremony Event

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