April 28, 2015 --
Marine Corps Logistics Command officials honored the former Albany Marine Band with a display showcase and small ceremony, April 28, in Logistics Command’s Headquarters Building, here.
Formed in 1990, the Albany Marine Band consisted of 50 members and traveled throughout the United States and abroad to fulfill its mission of providing music for military ceremonies, community celebrations, recruiting programs and official events.
While serving primarily as a ceremonial ensemble, the band also contained a wind ensemble, marching band, jazz ensemble, brass and woodwind quintets, jazz combo, show band and party band.
With music as their primary mission, all Marines in the band were selected by auditions and were required to maintain a high level of instrumental proficiency. Additionally, each member of the unit received ongoing training in preparation for assuming their roles in the band’s secondary mission of bearing arms in defense of the nation.
Marine Corps Bands are composed of men and women who are proud bearers of a heritage dating back to the whistling fifes and rolling drums of the first Marine musicians in 1775. A long-standing tradition of excellence and service to the Corps and country is their legacy, and it is one which they willingly embrace.
They are the few, the proud, the Marines!