U.S. Marine Corps West Coast Composite Band
Camp Pendleton, California
UNIFORM: Marine Dress Blues
Updated on: 12/10/2012 8:51:46 AM
There are 134 total members including 2 leaders, 1 drum major, 55 brass, 17 percussion, 45 woodwinds, and 14 "others" who are Marines wearing uniforms that represent eras dating from the Revolutionary War to Operation Iraqi Freedom. They will be marching directly behind the band as in previous years.
Donning the Dress Blue uniform, the U.S. Marine Corps West Coast Composite Band is composed of three Marine Bands from Southern California. The band members are fully combat-trained and prove that they are as proficient with their musical instruments as they are with their weaponry. Many of the Marines performing today have completed combat tours in Iraq and/or Afghanistan.
Although each of the bands performs individually over 300 times a year, the Rose Parade is the only event that brings these fantastic bands together. Following the band are Marines wearing uniforms that represent eras dating from the Revolutionary War to Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The band received the prestigious Colonel George S. Howard Citation for Musical Excellence for Military Concert Bands (2011)
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Edward M. Hayes, director; Gunnery Sergeant Benjamin Becker, drum major.
PREVIOUS APPEARANCES IN THE ROSE PARADE: Annually
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