Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music

Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music The Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music transforms entry level Marines into Marine Musicians. The Marine Detachment (MARDET) at the Naval School of Music in Virginia Beach, VA, is comprised of elite Marine Musicians selected from the 10 Marine Bands around the globe.
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These Marines are appraised and certified instructors who possess vast amounts of professional experience and knowledge in their specific area of subject matter expertise. The MARDET staff provides instruction on Instrumental Performance, Rehearsal Techniques, Music Theory, Music Arranging, Music History, Ear Training, Improvisation, Drum Majoring and Instrument Repair, as well as Values-Based Leadership through a comprehensive Mentorship Program. The MARDET strives to transform every student who walks through our doors into the best and brightest Marine Musician possible. POSTING GUIDELINES* 1. We do not under any circumstance allow graphic, obscene, explicit or racial comments or submissions nor do we allow comments that are abusive, hateful or intended to defame anyone or any organization. 2. We do not allow solicitations or advertisements. This includes promotion or endorsement of any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency. Similarly, we do not allow attempts to defame or defraud any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency. 3. We do not allow comments that suggest or encourage illegal activity. 4. You participate at your own risk, taking personal responsibility for your comments, your username and any information provided. 5. The appearance of external links on this site does not constitute official endorsement on behalf of the U.S. Marine Corps or Department of Defense.

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FEATURED STUDENT: Lance Corporal Bartley M. Gallagher, from #Shoreham, NY, is currently enrolled at the Naval School of ...
10/30/2020

FEATURED STUDENT: Lance Corporal Bartley M. Gallagher, from #Shoreham, NY, is currently enrolled at the Naval School of Music to train as a musician in the U.S. Marine Corps Music Program.

Lance Corporal Gallagher graduated from Shoreham-Wading River High School and furthered his studies at State University of New York at Fredonia with a Bachelors in Performance. During his time at the university, he performed in the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Hillman Opera and studied trumpet under Alex Jokipii, Principal Trumpet of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. LCpl Gallagher also held an internship with the Brass Department at Eastern U.S. Music Camp in Hamilton, NY, and is a proud alumnus of the fraternity Phi Mu Alpha. LCpl Gallagher was recruited out of Marine Corps Recruiting Station Smithtown, NY, 1st Marine Corps District.

"My grandfather was a Marine, and his life's journey, work ethic, and positive attitude are some of my biggest inspirations. Every day, I am challenged by the physical, mental, and spiritual standards of the Marine Corps. The high expectations of a Marine drive me to become the best person and musician I can be. The Naval School of Music is a fantastic learning environment, full of highly motivated instructors and students who push you to a higher level every day."

- Lance Corporal Bartley M. Gallagher
#trumpet

Last week, the Marine Detachment held a motivational run in honor of Class 20080, who graduated from the Basic Musician ...
10/26/2020

Last week, the Marine Detachment held a motivational run in honor of Class 20080, who graduated from the Basic Musician Course last Friday. Oorah, Marines!
#motorun

Congratulations to the graduates of class 20080. Semper Fidelis!!
10/25/2020

Congratulations to the graduates of class 20080. Semper Fidelis!!

Basic course graduates pose for a class photograph after their graduation ceremony.

FEATURED STUDENT: Lance Corporal Kasie N. Wagner, from #WeekiWachee, FL, is currently enrolled at the Naval School of Mu...
10/23/2020

FEATURED STUDENT: Lance Corporal Kasie N. Wagner, from #WeekiWachee, FL, is currently enrolled at the Naval School of Music to train as a vocalist in the U.S. Marine Corps Music Program.

Lance Corporal Wagner attended Central High School, where she participated in the swim team and NJROTC program. She received the Joseph C. Gilliam Academic Achievement Award (scholarship) for her accomplishments in the NJROTC and for maintaining a high GPA throughout her high school career. LCpl Wagner continued her education at the University of Florida and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance. While there, she studied under Elizabeth P. Graham and participated in the school's musical theatre department and the university choir. She had the opportunity to travel with the university choir to Medellin, Colombia, where she performed with local ensembles. Lance Corporal Wagner was recruited out of Marine Corps Recruiting Tampa (RSS Temple Terrace), 6th Marine Corps District.

“Having an education in vocal performance, I was delighted to know that the Marine Corps Music Program allowed me to pursue a career as a vocalist with opportunities to sing in various styles. At the Naval School of Music, I have grown not only as a musician, but as a Marine. I have also enjoyed my time with my fellow Marines who have as much love for music as I do. I look forward to seeing what my journey will look like and where the Marine Corps will take me.”
– Lance Corporal Kasie N. Wagner
#Vocalist

Last week, Marines from the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music participated in a High Intensity Tactical Training ...
10/22/2020

Last week, Marines from the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music participated in a High Intensity Tactical Training (HITT) challenge hosted by Marine Corps Community Services on Camp Elmore, Norfolk, Virginia. During the events, Marines and Sailors were placed in a physically challenging and competitive environment that tested their physical and mental toughness. SSgt Sean E. Salazar won the bronze GMG kettlebell for his outstanding performance during the events.

FEATURED STUDENT: Lance Corporal Sangjun Lee, from #Fairfax, Virginia, is currently enrolled at the Naval School of Musi...
10/16/2020

FEATURED STUDENT: Lance Corporal Sangjun Lee, from #Fairfax, Virginia, is currently enrolled at the Naval School of Music to train as a musician in the U.S. Marine Corps Music Program.

LCpl Lee attended Robinson Secondary High School, where he participated in the Robinson Secondary High School Philharmonic Orchestra and the school soccer team. While in high school, he performed in The National Capital Band of The Salvation Army and taught music lessons at James B. Anderson Music and Arts Conservatory. He won the Salvation Army music program's Virginia Division Music Competition in both 2018 and 2019. LCpl Lee’s musical influences include David Delaney, director of the Virginia/Maryland Division of the Salvation Army music programs, and Dr. Steve Kellner, former Principal Euphonium with "The President's Own" United States Marine Band and Bandmaster of the National Capital Band. Lance Corporal Lee credits David Delaney as the one who first saw his potential in music while attending Salvation Army music camps as a young musician. Lance Corporal Sangjun Lee was recruited out of RSS Chantilly, 4th Marine Corps District.

“I really enjoy having weekly lessons at the Naval School of Music. This is something I never had the opportunity to do back home and I feel that I have improved both musically and technically. I joined the Marine Corps because I knew they were the best, and I know that with the excellent training I am receiving now and in the future, I can obtain my dream of being in a premiere band.”
- Lance Corporal Sangjun Lee
#euphonium

Congratulations to LCpl Kasie N. Wagner! Semper Fidelis.
10/16/2020

Congratulations to LCpl Kasie N. Wagner! Semper Fidelis.

Cmdr. Mark K. Corbliss, commanding officer at the Naval School of Music, presents the Student of the Month Award for September 2020 to Lance Cpl. Kasie N. Wagner. Wagner was selected for her professional attitude, scholastic progress, and individual efforts during September.

On Saturday, the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music traveled to First Landing State Park for a six-mile physical f...
10/15/2020

On Saturday, the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music traveled to First Landing State Park for a six-mile physical fitness hike.

FEATURED STUDENT: Lance Corporal Jordan T. Edwards, from #LaderaRanch, CA, is currently enrolled at the Naval School of ...
10/09/2020

FEATURED STUDENT: Lance Corporal Jordan T. Edwards, from #LaderaRanch, CA, is currently enrolled at the Naval School of Music to train as a musician in the U.S. Marine Corps Music Program.

Lance Corporal Edwards went to San Juan Hills High School, where he performed in the marching band, wind ensemble, and musical pit ensemble. He competed at the district level for the Capistrano Unified School District Honor Band, where he sat principal chair for most of his high school career. Outside of his high school ensembles, LCpl Edwards participated in Drum Corps International (DCI) with Gold Drum & Bugle Corps in 2017 and Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps in 2018 as a #euphonium and #trumpet instrumentalist. He also performed with the South Coast Youth Symphony Orchestra and traveled to Austria, where he performed in the Vienna Concert Hall. LCpl Edwards furthered his studies at Saddle Back Community College in #MusicEducation and studied with David Chang of Pacific Symphony. He was recruited by Marine Corps Recruiting Mission Viejo, 12th Marine Corps District.

“My experience here at the Naval School of Music has been incredible. I have the opportunity to learn from not only the amazing staff here at the school, but from some of my peers who are also amazing musicians. I know that through hard work and dedication, I can become a better Marine Musician and gain life skills that will benefit me in the Corps.”
- LCpl Jordan T. Edwards
#Clarinet

Last week, the Commanding Officer of the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music promoted two Marines to the rank of La...
10/05/2020

Last week, the Commanding Officer of the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music promoted two Marines to the rank of Lance Corporal and two Marines to the rank of Private First Class. Congratulations to LCpl Jacob X. Cavazos, LCpl Jose G. Villa, PFC Adam J. Doyle, and PFC Joseph A. Rivera. Semper Fidelis, Marines!

FEATURED STUDENT: Lance Corporal Gina M. Mentzer, from #Harrisburg, PA, is currently enrolled at the Naval School of Mus...
10/02/2020

FEATURED STUDENT: Lance Corporal Gina M. Mentzer, from #Harrisburg, PA, is currently enrolled at the Naval School of Music to train as a musician in the U.S. Marine Corps Music Program.

Lance Corporal Mentzer graduated from Bishop McDevitt High School and performed in her high school wind ensemble, concert band, and choir. Her wind ensemble had the opportunity to perform at the state capitol for “Music In Our Schools Month” and toured the local elementary schools to showcase the ensemble while encouraging kids to play music. LCpl Mentzer also placed in the Pennsylvania Music Educator’s Association (PMEA) District Band, Orchestra, and the All-State Band. Outside of her high school ensembles, LCpl Mentzer performed in the Harrisburg Symphony Youth Orchestra and the American Music Abroad Burgundy Tour where she performed in Italy, Germany, and Austria. LCpl Mentzer studied with Beverly Butts of Lebanon Valley College and was recruited by RS Harrisburg/RSS Capital City Marines, 1st Marine Corps District.

“I love being at the School of Music because it gives me the opportunity to enhance my playing abilities. I’m so happy to have a career playing music and the ability to share my gift with the world. I’ve always known I wanted to perform as a career path, and being at the School of Music, has further solidified that choice. Playing music in the Marine Corps, while also giving back to my country, was the best decision I have ever made."
- Lance Corporal Gina M. Mentzer

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR: Staff Sergeant Sean E. Salazar, from #Orlando, Fla, is currently an Advanced Academics Instructor ...
10/01/2020

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR: Staff Sergeant Sean E. Salazar, from #Orlando, Fla, is currently an Advanced Academics Instructor at the Naval School of Music and an Enlisted Conductor in the U.S. Marine Corps Music Program.

SSgt Salazar enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps as a clarinet instrumentalist and his duty stations include III Marine Expeditionary Force Band in Okinawa, Japan, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band in Cherry Point, N.C, and the Naval School of Music in Virginia Beach, VA. He served in various leadership roles to include platoon sergeant, command physical training representative, combat life saver, Marine Corps martial arts instructor, and Marine Corps Force Fitness instructor. SSgt Salazar participated in foreign military training in Korea and traveled with both MEF Band and MAW Band to Japan, multiple Asian-South Pacific Islands, Bermuda, and throughout the Eastern United States.

“I initially joined the Marine Corps for the job security, travel, adventure, and the challenge. After my first enlistment, those priorities changed and I was no longer concerned about the precedence of the benefit tags I chose from my recruiter. I soon realized that the path of a Marine was to lead and look out for your fellow Marines. I have always found myself wanting to help others, whether it was in physical fitness, Marine Corps Martial Arts, or in Music. I am blessed to have the opportunity to influence this new generation of Marine Musicians. It can be extremely challenging and exhausting as an instructor, but I remind myself that everything I do here is for the betterment of my Marines who, on a daily basis, keep my motivation alive.”
- SSgt Sean E. Salazar

FEATURED STUDENT: Private First Class Jose G. Villa, from #Waller, TX, is currently enrolled at the Naval School of Musi...
09/25/2020

FEATURED STUDENT: Private First Class Jose G. Villa, from #Waller, TX, is currently enrolled at the Naval School of Music to train as a musician in the U.S. Marine Corps Music Program.

Private First Class Villa graduated from Waller High School and participated in the Waller High School Concert Band and marching band as the Low Brass Section Leader and Drum Major. He also competed in the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) bands and qualified for the All-Region Band, All-Area Band, and the 5A All-State Band. PFC Villa was the recipient of a Gold Medal for the University Interscholastic League (UIL) Solo and Ensemble competition and was awarded the John Phillip Sousa Band Award from his high school band. After high school, PFC Villa attended Blinn College in #Brenham, TX, where he had the opportunity to take lessons from the Canadian Brass during their residency. The combination of lessons from the Canadian Brass and Dr. Alexander Cruz, of The University of Texas at Austin, contributed to him placing in the Texas Community College Band Directors Association All-State Band (TCCBDA) and perusing his career in the U.S. Marine Corps. Private First Class Jose G. Villa was recruited by RSS College Station of 8th Marine Corps District.

“I have been working both physically and musically for little over a year to make this occupation become a reality. Originally, I felt that I could not compete with the expectations that are needed to become a Marine, but I took the challenge of sharpening my musicianship and getting physically in shape to change my life for the better. Being at the Naval School of Music has been a great learning experience and I truly can’t wait to experience the future adventures in the fleet bands. ”
- Private First Class Jose G. Villa
#Trombone

Congratulations to the Marines and Sailor of class 20070!
09/20/2020

Congratulations to the Marines and Sailor of class 20070!

FEATURED STUDENT: Lance Corporal Tyler A. Crocker, from #Blacksburg, VA, is currently enrolled at the Naval School of Mu...
09/18/2020

FEATURED STUDENT: Lance Corporal Tyler A. Crocker, from #Blacksburg, VA, is currently enrolled at the Naval School of Music to train as a musician in the U.S. Marine Corps Music Program.

Lance Corporal Crocker went to Blacksburg High School and graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor’s in Music Performance, emphasis in percussion. While in college, he participated in the Liberty University Marching Band (Official), wind symphony, orchestra, indoor drumline, percussion ensemble, and jazz band. LCpl Crocker also worked as a percussion instructor in the greater Lynchburg area teaching drumline for Liberty Christian Academy (LCA), Brookville High School, and Rustburg High School. After graduating from LU, he worked as a percussion tech for the Liberty University Marching Band and was the Program Coordinator for the Liberty University Indoor Drumline. Outside of his work with the university, LCpl Crocker served as the Principle Timpanist for the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra. His main musical influences are Darrell Pearman of Blacksburg High School, Dr. Kevin Super, Dr. Stephen Kerr, Dr. Kathryn Wert, Jay Ware, Tyler Loftin and Tommy Goddard of Liberty University. Lance Corporal Crocker was recruited by Lynchburg Marines of 4th Marine Corps District.

“I’ve been working to become a United States Marine Corps Musician for almost two years. I auditioned for the music program in July of 2018 and was accepted on my musicianship but was ultimately denied due to being overweight. Losing over 60lbs to meet my goal, I set a standard for my transformation from civilian to United States Marine. This has affected my outlook on every part of my life, faith, family, and my musical career. Here at the Naval School of Music, I am taking on more challenges, but with the help of my mentors and leaders, I know that I will succeed in completing my goals.”
- Lance Corporal Tyler A. Crocker
#Drums

Congratulations are in order! The Commanding Officer of the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music presented Staff Ser...
09/16/2020

Congratulations are in order! The Commanding Officer of the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music presented Staff Sergeant Sean E. Salazar with the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for his selection as the 2019 calendar year Marine Corps Staff Noncommissioned Officer Musician of the Year.

FEATURED STUDENT: Lance Corporal Cameron A. Crate, from St. Charles, MO, is currently enrolled at the Naval School of Mu...
08/28/2020

FEATURED STUDENT: Lance Corporal Cameron A. Crate, from St. Charles, MO, is currently enrolled at the Naval School of Music to train as a musician in the U.S. Marine Corps Music Program.

Lance Corporal Crate graduated from St. Charles West High School, where he performed in his high school marching band, jazz band, and as the drummer for the Mercy Seat Baptist Church since the age of 15. He was also the recipient of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award for two years in a row. He studied with Ben Meyer of St. Charles West High School, Jim Widner and Gary Hobbs of the Jim Widner Big Band, Gary Brandes of University of Missouri-St. Louis, and Ron Jackson of the St. Louis Youth Art and Technology Music Center. His hobbies include writing, reading, singing, playing video games, shooting, and listening to music. Before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps, LCpl Crate was accepted into the Citadel Military Academy but pursued the Marine Corps Enlistment Option Program to jump start his career in the military band field. Lance Corporal Crate was recruited by St. Peters, MO Marines, 9th Marine Corps District.

“My favorite part about the Naval School of Music is living and working in a place with so many like-minded individuals. I’ve never felt more at home when listening and conversing about jazz with my fellow Marines. The Naval School of Music inspires me to be the best Marine I can be, and to truly unlock all of the musical potential that I wouldn’t have found in the civilian world."
- Lance Corporal Cameron A. Crate
#Drums

Last week, Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music said farewell to Master Sergeant Veronica Soto as she transitions to...
08/27/2020

Last week, Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music said farewell to Master Sergeant Veronica Soto as she transitions to I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF), Camp Pendleton, CA. During the ceremony, she was presented the Meritorious Service Medal for her outstanding work while serving as the Course Director and Chief Instructor for the Marine Air Ground Task Force Planners Course at the Marine Corps Intelligence School, Training Command from September 2017 to August 2020. Her Marines describe her as an incredible and dedicated leader who would drop everything to take care of any Marine. Fair winds and following seas Master Sergeant, Semper Fidelis!

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Marine musicians are, first and foremost, Marines. They attend the same 12 weeks of recruit training and must learn to be as precise with a rifle as they are with their instrument. After recruit training, they attend the Naval School of Music in Virginia Beach, VA. There they study music theory, ensemble techniques and improvisation before being assigned to one of the active duty field bands. In order to become a Marine Corps musician, you must pass both the Initial Strength Test (IST) and an audition. Only a few have what it takes to represent our nation as both an elite musician and an elite warrior. For the few who have what it takes physically, mentally and musically, the Musician Enlistment Option Program (MEOP) presents the rare opportunity to serve with purpose while inspiring through music. Marine Corps musicians are internationally renowned for their standards of excellence in all genres and travel to hundreds of engagements yearly. They can be found performing for tens of thousands of spectators at international music festivals or for heads of state and diplomats at government functions. To learn more about the MEOP and the enlistment incentives offered exclusively to Marine musicians, contact a Marine Recruiter.

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