Drum Major, 1st Marine Division Band
Gunnery Sergeant Benjamin Becker
Benjamin Becker enlisted in the Marine Corps in September of 1997 after graduating from Slinger High School in Slinger, Wisconsin. Upon completion of boot camp and combat training in February 1998, he was transferred to the School of Music Basic Course. After graduating from the School of Music in July 1998, he reported to the 2nd Marine Division Band in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina as a tuba instrumentalist. While stationed there he was promoted to the rank of Corporal in January 1999, and then to Sergeant in January of 2000.
In January 2001 he returned to the School of Music for the Unit Leader Course. Upon completion of the course in June 2001, he reported to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego as a tuba instrumentalist. While stationed here, he was promoted to Staff Sergeant in December of 2003. In March of 2004 he made his way to Parris Island, South Carolina, where he served as a tuba instrumentalist and Drum Major. In July of 2006 he was transferred to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band where he served as Drum Major. In January 2008, he deployed to Al Asad Air Base, Iraq with MWSG-37.
In June 2009 he transferred to the Commander, Naval Forces Europe Band where he served as Operations Chief, Drum Major, and tuba instrumentalist. In July 2009 he was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant. Finally, in June of 2012, he reported to his current duty station: The 1st Marine Division Band, Camp Pendleton, California.