The 16th Annual
11 November 2005

 Glebe Music Festival

In conjunction with The Glebe Society Inc

US Marine Forces Pacific Band Parade

"Call in the Marines!"

Photos courtesy of Patricia Baillie
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The US Marine Forces Pacific Band, established in 1918 and one of the most prestigious bands in the world, is coming to Sydney. They perform free concerts in Glebe on Saturday 26 November starting at 12-30pm in the reserve outside the Glebe Library, corner of Wigram Road and Glebe Point Road. They will then march to Foley Park, corner of Bridge Road and Glebe Point Road for another performance at around 1-00pm, then to Minogue Reserve, corner Francis Street and Glebe Point Road at around 2-00pm. Permission has been sought for temporary "rolling" street closures to cause minimal disruption. Please encourage family and friends to come along for this unique experience. More details about the band can be found at:

In addition, the band is giving two free public concerts between 12-00pm and 2-00pm in Martin Place, central Sydney, for the Council of the City of Sydney, on Tuesday 29 November. The band will also be performing concerts for the Children's Hospital Westmead, the University of Sydney and the Bondi Beach Public School.

The programme will be chosen from the following:

Fucik - The Florentiner
Rossini - William Tell Overture
Alexander - Olympia Hippodrome
Bernstein - Overture to "Candide"
Fillmore - Rolling Thunder
Smith - The Ascension
Carmichael - Georgia On My Mind
Williams - Oympic Spirit
Grainger - Iristh Tune
Rogers - Guadalcanal March
Mangione/Ford/Herak - Children of Sanchez
Sousa - Semper Fidelis
Sousa - Stars and Stripes Forever

History of the Marine Forces Pacific Band:

In Hawaii during the years following World War I, Marines who had musical talents, although they were assigned to various duties, would collaborate in their off-duty time to rehearse and perform for base dances, social functions and military ceremonies. These activities eventually led to the establishment of the "Marine Post Band" in 1918.

The band spent the next 75 years at Marine Barracks Pearl Harbor when, due to the Navy establishing Pearl Harbor as its own, the name of the band changed to "Marine Barracks Band". Other titles over the years have included the "Pacific Area Marine Band" and the "Pacific Area Drum and Bugle Corps".

In September 1944, by order of Lieutenant General H. M. "Howlin' Mad" Smith, the band was renamed the "Fleet Marine Forces Pacific Band" and was attached to Marine Forces Pacific.

In 1993 the band moved from Marine Barracks, Pearl Harbor, to its present location at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay. Today, as in the past, the band is a versatile organization comprised of Marines with a wide range of musical and military skills. They come from across the nation to represent the United States and Marine Forces Pacific as "America's Musical Ambassadors".


Members of the US Marine Forces Pacific Band (November 2005)

CWO3 Lauren LaVine
SSgt Tracy Martinez

Sgt Kara Jones
Sgt Victoria Ortiz

Sgt Jorge Ricondo
Sgt Anson Rynard
Sgt Dennis Schwartze
Cpl Michael Kelly
Cpl Brenton Belanger

Bass Clarinet
Sgt Michael Byars

SSgt Ignatious Keogh
Sgt Cody Lundquist
Cpl Randall Walker
LCpl Mark Pellon

GySgt Christopher Carpenter
Sgt Luis Magana
Sgt Christopher Boice
Sgt Jamie Denslow
Sgt Matthew Koscheski
Sgt Aaron Schroeder
Cpl Harmony Lazore
Cpl Bradley Erdman

SSgt Kenneth Douglas
Sgt Derek Emswiler
Cpl James Merville
Cpl Mark Cato

Cpl David Birkby
Cpl Benjamin Edminston
Cpl Joshua Rodriguez
PFC Christopher Stanley

Cpl Kecia Estep

Cpl Dustin Gautney
Cpl Alison Leonhardt

SSgt Todd Matthes
Cpl Ryan Frost
Cpl Brandon Hall

String Bass
Sgt Ryan Enderle

Sgt Joshua Lively
Sgt Michael Herak
Cpl Ryan Morris
Cpl Kevin Potts

Sgt Matthew Savina

Msge Mark Kinkade

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