1st Marine Division Band

 

1st Marine Division Band

1st Marine Division

Gunnery Sgt. Tracy Martinez, enlisted conductor, 1st Marine Division Band, and native of Newbury Park, Calif., performs during the 1st Marine Division 73rd anniversary concert at Escondido, Calif., Jan. 31, 2014. Martinez joined the Marine Corps in 1995 and earned a master’s degree in Music Education from Boston University. Martinez deployed to Iraq in 2003 where he served as platoon sergeant of the Division Band and provided security in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Martinez was selected as the enlisted conductor in 2004.
Division band member entertains at home, defends abroad
Gunnery Sgt. Tracy Martinez, enlisted conductor, 1st Marine Division Band, and native of Newbury Park, Calif., performs during the 1st Marine Division 73rd anniversary concert at Escondido, Calif., Jan. 31, 2014. Martinez joined the Marine Corps in 1995 and earned a master’s degree in Music Education from Boston University. Martinez deployed to Iraq in 2003 where he served as platoon sergeant of the Division Band and provided security in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Martinez was selected as the enlisted conductor in 2004.
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1st Marine Division Band Command Element
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The 1st Marine Division Band and the U.S. Navy Band bluegrass group, "Country Currents," perform during a concert at the California Center for the Arts Escondido, April 24.
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The 1st Marine Division Band and the U.S. Navy Band bluegrass group, "Country Currents," perform during a concert at the California Center for the Arts Escondido, April 24.
The 1st Marine Division Band and the U.S. Navy Band bluegrass group, "Country Currents", perform during a concert at the California Center for the Arts Escondido, April 24.
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The 1st Marine Division Band and the U.S. Navy Band bluegrass group, "Country Currents", perform during a concert at the California Center for the Arts Escondido, April 24.
The 1st Marine Division Band and the U.S. Navy Band bluegrass group, "Country Currents", perform during a concert at the California Center for the Arts Escondido, April 24.
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The 1st Marine Division Band and the U.S. Navy Band bluegrass group, "Country Currents", perform during a concert at the California Center for the Arts Escondido, April 24.
The 1st Marine Division Band and the U.S. Navy Band bluegrass group, "Country Currents", perform during a concert at the California Center for the Arts Escondido, April 24.
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The 1st Marine Division Band and the U.S. Navy Band bluegrass group, "Country Currents", perform during a concert at the California Center for the Arts Escondido, April 24.
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1st Marine Division Band
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U.S. Marine Chief Warrant Officer 4 Michael Edmonson (On Podium) with the 1st Marine Division Band, conducts a concert at the Performing Arts Center in Escondido, Calif. April 23, 2009. The 1st Marine Division Band performs a concert in Escondido every year as an on going tradition for the citizens of Escondido. 
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl Jason T. Guiliano/Released)
U.S. Marine Chief Warrant Officer 4 Michael Edmonson (On Podium) with the 1st Marine Division Band, conducts a concert at the Performing Arts Center in Escondido, Calif. April 23, 2009. The 1st Marine Division Band performs a concert in Escondido every year as an on going tradition for the citizens of Escondido. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl Jason T. Guiliano/Released)
1st Marine Division Band

The 1st Marine Division Band, based out of Camp Pendleton, California, consists of 50 Marine musicians. While the primary mission of the 1st Marine Division Band is to provide musical support for military parades and ceremonies, they remain versatile to accommodate other needs. In addition to the Ceremonial Band and Concert Band, the band forms smaller ensembles such as Big Band, Jazz Combo, Brass Quintet, and Party Band. They perform at over 300 commitments a year, with highlights including the State Funeral of President Ford, the Tournament of Roses Parades, Disneyland's Independence Day Concerts, and annual concerts at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. In 2007, the 1st Marine Division Band was awarded the "Colonel George S. Howard Citation of Musical Excellence for Military Concert Bands" administered by the John Philip Sousa Foundation.

The 1st Marine Division Band was organized during World War II in the Pacific Theater of Operations in the early 1940's. Since then, The 1st Marine Division Bandsmen have drawn their rifles in support of several operations, including Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom I and II. The band was attached to Headquarters Company, Regimental Combat Team 5 and deployed to Camp Fallujah, Iraq from February 2006 to January 2007, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 05-07. The band served in combat missions as a security platoon, with Marines serving as a security force in Central Fallujah, a mobile security convoy, and a mobile security team for an Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team. Marines of the 1st Marine Division Band continue to serve as individual augments to I Marine Expeditionary Force, as we are still in the fight on the War on Terror.

All Marine Corps Bands fulfill the objective of preserving the values that comprise the unique and fundamental national strength and character of the United States. Whether performing music or serving in a combat zone, the 1st Marine Division Band carries on this esteemed tradition and remains the Pride of the Division.

1st Marine Division Band Leaders

Master Gunnery Sergeant Carlos Flores
Staff Noncommissioned Officer in Charge, 1st Marine Division Band
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Gunnery Sergeant Benjamin Becker
Bandmaster, 1st Marine Division Band
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Gunnery Sergeant Tracy Martinez
Enlisted Conductor, 1st Marine Division Band
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Staff Sergeant James W. Dempsey
Drum Major, 1st Marine Division Band
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Staff Sergeant Steven Santiago-Ramos
Small Ensemble Leader, 1st Marine Division Band
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Staff Sergeant Neil Loaiza
Instrument Repair Technician, 1st Marine Division Band
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Contact

1st Marine Division Band
Box 555381
Camp Pendleton, CA 92055

(760)725-4004 or (DSN)365-4004
Fax 760-725-5856



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