Ceremonial band

The Ceremonial Band is the cornerstone of the 1st Marine Division Band. It combines precision drill movements with inspiring music to showcase our proud military heritage. No Marine Corps ceremony would be complete without this traditional musical element. The First Marine Division Ceremonial Band has travels throughout the United States supporting community events, military ceremonies and parades. They have appeared at such notable events as the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, as the State Funeral for President Gerald Ford,  the 97th and 99th Anniversaries of the Battle of Belleau Wood in France and the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. Whether performing for the President of the United States, foreign dignitaries, local military commands and various communities throughout the United States, the First Marine Division Band represents the very best of Marine Corps music and is the “Pride of the Division”.


Wind ensemble

The Wind Ensemble is regarded as one of the finest military ensembles in the United States today. At full strength, this 50 to 70 man concert band performs traditional marches, overtures, instrumental solos, classical transcriptions, and patriotic favorites. The Wind Ensemble performs regularly throughout Southern California, including annual appearances at the California Center for Arts in Escondido, but has also traveled across and outside the continental United States. Highlight performances include the annual Fleet Week Celebration in San Francisco and Los Angeles, California and the WWI Annual Remembrance Ceremony in Belleau Wood, France.



The Octet Ensemble is a medium-sized ceremonial group, expanding the brass quintet with the addition of woodwinds.  While they add the same air of distinction to ceremonies as the brass quintet, the additional personnel allows for a more varied repertoire of marches, film music and original compositions. The unique combination of instrumentalists in this ensemble also enables masterclasses with students of a broader instrumental range.