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U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve

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2000 Opelousas Ave., New Orleans, LA 70114
MARINE CORPS BAND NEW ORLEANS

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you go to boot camp?

How do I join the Marine Band?

Do I need a college degree to audition?

Will I be eligible for Tuition Assistance to finance my college degree while in the Marine Corps?

Will the Marine Corps provide me with an instrument?

Where are the auditions held and what do I have to play?

Who do I contact about scheduling the Band?

What type of music does the band play?


Do you go to boot camp?

Yes. All Marines, regardless of what job they hold, are required to go to boot camp. Boot camp is in San Diego, CA, and Parris Island, S.C. Training is 13 weeks long.

How do I join the Marine Band?

Contact your local recruiter to set up an audition and interview with your regional Musician Placement Director.

Do I need a college degree to take an audition?

No, a college degree is not a requirement for selection to the Marine Corps Music Program.

Will I be eligible for tuition assistance to finance my college degree while in the Marine Corps?

Yes. Pursuing further education is highly encouraged, and tuition assistance is available. Contact your local recruiter for more information.
Will the Marine Corps provide me with an instrument?

Yes. You have the option to use your personal instrument, however you will be issued an instrument when you report to the School of Music, as well as when you report to your assigned band.

Where are auditions held and what do I have to play?

Auditions can take place just about anywhere. Contact your local recruiter or Musician Placement Director for more information.

Who do I contact about scheduling the Band?

You must contact our Bandmaster. He is the point of contact for all information regarding scheduling the band. He can be reached at 504.697.7846.  More instructions are available here.

What type of music does the Band play?

In our Ceremonial Band, we play for many different civilian and government organizations including ceremonies, parades, and patriotic concerts. Typical programming consists of Sousa style Marches, and Pop tunes. Other genres include Concert Band or Wind Ensemble repertoire from grade IV to grade VI, standard and contemporary jazz with our Jazz groups, and Canadian Brass style music with our Brass Quintets. The type of ensemble provided for any performance is based on the band's operational tempo, the appropriateness of the event, and the desires of the sponsor. 

 
 
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