The U.S. Marine Band has a rich history of music

Published: Mar. 14, 2019 at 3:30 PM CDT
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The Marine Band San Diego is a part of a rich history of music that comes from the U.S. Marine Corps going all the way back to 1798. There are bands throughout the Marine Corps stationed throughout the globe.

The band at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego has been going strong since 1921. "It's a universal language so even overseas and going around the world we are opening doors through music for our nation, for our armed forces and for the Marine Corps," explained Staff Sgt. Victor Norris, a Marine Bandsman.

Educators got to experience the band throughout the week at different events. Like an informal lunch where they played for the educators and at a morning colors ceremony. The most important event they were at was the recruits graduation.

The band helps carry the tradition of the Marine Corps by playing at different events both public and private throughout the year.

Members can get sent on deployment just like any other Marine. With that comes a deep sense of duty to do the job well. "The most pride I have ever felt in my whole life was when I was playing the Marines hymn and when a World War II veteran got out of his wheel chair and stood at attention. I have never felt more pride of my country because that was the legacy that he left and I was a part of that," said Norris.

It's not just a job for these Marines. "Before every single gig when I step off I look to the Marine next to me and say I love my job. Then I give him a fist pump or a high five because I love playing music and representing my country doing that," said Norris.