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1st Marine Division Band

"The Old Breed"

1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

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U.S. Marines with the 1st Marine Division Band, perform during a change of command ceremony at  Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Feb. 13, 2020. The ceremony formally transferred  battalion authorities and responsibilities from Lt. Col. Thompson, off going commanding officer for  Command Logistics Battalion (CLB) 11, 1st Marine Logistics Group, to Lt. Col. Kathryn E. Wagner.  (U.S. Marine Corps by Cpl. L. Ruth Wheeley)
A U.S. Marine with the 1st Marine Division Band participates during a morning colors and award  ceremony at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, March 5, 2020. The ceremony was held  to honor the national ensign as well as recognize the excellence of Marines and Sailors within the  Division. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Chad J. Pulliam)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Ross Woodzell, a musician with the 1st Marine Division (1st MARDIV) Band,  conducts a patrol training exercise at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, May 27, 2020.  The 1st MARDIV Band’s secondary mission is to serve as a security platoon to the Commanding  General when forward deployed. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kevin Minor)
U.S. Marines with the 1st Marine Division (1st MARDIV) Band conduct a ground patrol at Marine  Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, May 27, 2020. The 1st MARDIV Band’s secondary mission is  to serve as a security platoon to the Commanding General when forward deployed. (U.S. Marine  Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jacob Yost)
U.S. Marines with the 1st Marine Division Band walk back from their targets after conducting a  Combat Marksmanship Program (CMP) range on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California,  July 15, 2020. The CMP improves the unit’s effectiveness in the areas of marksmanship and basic  field skills. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by LCpl. Justin Evans)
U.S. Marine Corps Private First Class Daniel Ridgway, trombone player with the 1st Marine Division  Band performs shooting drills during a Combat Marksmanship Program (CMP) range on Marine  Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, July 15, 2020. The CMP improves the unit’s effectiveness in  the areas of marksmanship and basic field skills. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by LCpl. Justin Evans)
U.S. Marines with the 1st Marine Division band play instruments during a memorial service at Marine  Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Aug. 21, 2020. The service was held in remembrance of the  eight Marines and one Sailor from Bravo Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 15th Marine  Expeditionary Unit, who died in an assault amphibious vehicle mishap off the coast of San Clemente  Island, California, July 30. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Dalton S. Swanbeck)
U.S. Marines with the 1st Marine Division band play instruments during a memorial service at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Aug. 21, 2020. The service was held in remembrance of the  eight Marines and one Sailor from Bravo Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 15th Marine  Expeditionary Unit, who died in an assault amphibious vehicle mishap off the coast of San Clemente  Island, California, July 30. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Dalton S. Swanbeck)
U.S. Marines with the 1st Marine Division (1st MARDIV) Band perform during a morning colors ceremony at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Sept. 11, 2020. The ceremony is held  quarterly to recognize Marines and Sailors for their achievements across 1st MARDIV. Today's  ceremony was also dedicated to honor the lives lost as a result of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 at  the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, Washington D.C. and flight 93 that crashed in a field in  Pennsylvania. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jailine L. AliceaSantiago)

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.


CWO3 Andres G. Navarro
Officer in Charge
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MSgt Devon T. Van
Bandmaster/SNCOIC
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Sgt Jose D. Toranzoinfante
Enlisted Conductor
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SSgt Eric N. Gonzales
Drum Major
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SSgt Brandon S. Johnson
Small Ensemble Leader
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GySgt Matthew V. Duncan
Instrument Repair Technician
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1st Marine Division Band
Box 555381
Camp Pendleton, CA 92055

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

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