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.
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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. 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.

2d Marine Division Band "The Division's Own"
02/20/2020

2d Marine Division Band "The Division's Own"

Today marks the 75th anniversary of Iwo Jima. 27 Medals of Honor were awarded one of which was awarded to Sgt Darrel S. Cole a "Fighting Field Musician". While Sgt Cole was an MOS Bugler he served as a machine-gunner in multiple campaigns in World War II such as Guadalcanal, Tinian and Saipan. Sgt Cole was also stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. During his time in the Marine Corps he was also awarded a Bronze Star and 2 Purple Hearts. You are a true inspiration to Marines past, present and future.

#followme #thedivisionsown #usmc #knowyourmil

On Friday, February 14th, Gunnery Sergeant James Wallace retired after 20 years of faithful service. During his career, ...
02/15/2020

On Friday, February 14th, Gunnery Sergeant James Wallace retired after 20 years of faithful service. During his career, he served as a Percussion Instrumentalist, Musician Technical Assistant, Drum Major, Drill Band Instructor, and Drum Major Instructor. GySgt Wallace was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for his exemplary work here at the Naval School of Music as an Instructor, Curriculum Developer, and as the Operations and Training Chief. Fair winds and following seas, GySgt!

Congratulations are in order! Over the past two weeks, Lance Corporal Dana Reminsky completed the rigorous training requ...
02/08/2020

Congratulations are in order! Over the past two weeks, Lance Corporal Dana Reminsky completed the rigorous training required to earn her Gray Belt in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program under the instruction of Martial Arts Instructors, Staff Sergeants Anna Ponsor-DeChant and Sean Salazar.

The Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) is a "whole Marine" program, which emphasizes the complete development of a professional warrior, and is a key component of the ethical warrior concept. MCMAP is designed to improve the warfighting capabilities of individual Marines and units, enhance Marines' self-confidence and esprit de corps, and foster the warrior ethos of the Corps. The focus will be on the personal development of each Marine in a team framework, using a standardized, trainable, and sustainable close combat system with three disciplines: physical, mental and character. MCMAP is not a sport but a distinctively weapons based system, integrating combat equipment, tough realistic training, physical and mental challenges, shared adversity, combat conditioning and tactics typically found in the combat arena.

Excellent work, LCpl Reminsky!
#MCMAP #KnowYourMil

FEATURED STUDENT: Lance Corporal Christian L. Barbier from #Mermentau, LA is currently enrolled in the Naval School of M...
02/07/2020

FEATURED STUDENT: Lance Corporal Christian L. Barbier from #Mermentau, LA is currently enrolled in the Naval School of Music to train as a musician in the U.S. Marine Corps Music Program.

LCpl Barbier graduated from Jennings High School in Jennings, LA. and attended McNeese State University for a #MusicEducation degree. There, he studied with Dr. Lonny Benoit and performed in the Pride of McNeese Drumline, McNeese Steel Drum Band, McNeese Percussion Ensemble, and the Elite Independent Percussion Ensemble. LCpl Barbier had always known that he wanted to play music for a living. While still in college, he decided to get a jumpstart on his dream and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. LCpl Barbier was recruited by Marine Corps Recruiting Lake Charles, La. 6th Marine Corps District.

“I have improved and grown astronomically at the Naval School of Music due to the unwavering dedication of my instructors. They have helped me develop as a person, musician and Marine. Two lessons that I will take away from my experience here is 1) grind beats talent when talent fails to grind, and 2) success will come to be through grit and consistency. I chose the Marine Corps Music Program to be pushed to my limits in all aspects of my life, and to learn to be a professional musician and service member." - Lance Corporal Christian L. Barbier
#Drums

This month at the Naval School of Music, we had the pleasure of promoting ten Basic Music Course students to the rank of...
02/05/2020

This month at the Naval School of Music, we had the pleasure of promoting ten Basic Music Course students to the rank of Lance Corporal and staff member, Nathan Doggett, to the rank of Staff Sergeant. Every time a Marine is promoted, he or she is entrusted with more responsibilities and higher leadership roles. Congratulations, Marines!

Promotees from left to right in first picture: LCpls Eduardo Lara, Christian Barbier, Matthew Collantes, Kiveran Davidson, Jaron Hudson, Noah Lindsay, Jason McIntyre, Caroline Okuno, Charcy Ricks Bullock, and Tyrese Wring

FEATURED STUDENT: Private First Class Charcy P. Ricks Bullock from #Kalispell, MT is currently enrolled at the Naval Sch...
01/31/2020

FEATURED STUDENT: Private First Class Charcy P. Ricks Bullock from #Kalispell, MT 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 Ricks Bullock graduated from Flathead High School, where she served as the #DrumMajor and #BandPresident. In addition to performing with the Flathead High School Bands, she has played in pit orchestras for musicals in the Kalispell area. PFC Ricks Bullock was also involved in #theater as well as #speechanddebate. She lists her main musical influences as #GeorgeBarrere and #Lizzo. PFC Ricks Bullock was planning to go to college to study biology, but she decided that joining the Marine Corps seemed like a more fulfilling and unique opportunity that she couldn’t turn down. PFC Ricks Bullock was recruited by Marine Corps Recruiting Kalispell, MT, 12th Marine Corps District.

“Since coming to the Naval School of Music, I’ve noticed that everything we’ve been taught so far as Marines, such as appearance standards, various safety precautions, core values, etc., ties into the field of music. This helps us be not only better Marines, but also good citizens in general. So far, NAVSOM has reinforced my passion for music more than anything.” – Private First Class Ricks Bullock #Flute #Piccolo

FEATURED STUDENT:  Lance Corporal Nikolas J. Slattery from Yuma, Arizona, is currently enrolled at the Naval School of M...
01/24/2020

FEATURED STUDENT: Lance Corporal Nikolas J. Slattery from Yuma, Arizona, is currently enrolled at the Naval School of Music to train as a musician in the U.S. Marine Corps Music Program.

Lance Corporal Slattery graduated from Cibola High School and attended Northern Arizona University where he received his Bachelors in #MusicPerformance and #MusicEducation. LCpl Slattery studied with Dr. Rita Borden and Dr. Frank Scott. After completing his college degrees, LCpl Slattery taught at San Tan Heights Middle School and San Tan Foothills High School where he established 5th through 8th grade ensembles and increased the number of students in the band program. After several years of teaching, LCpl Slattery was looking for a new challenge in life and wanted to experience more with his playing abilities. He felt that he could best serve his country with his skills as a United States Marine. LCpl Slattery was recruited by Queen Creek Marines, 8th Marine Corps District.

"I'm happy that I am getting the opportunity to brush up on my skills that were lost as music teacher. Although most of my time is spent in the practice room, I know that this challenge will help me grow as a musician in the United States Marine Corps and also help me provide for my family." - Lance Corporal Slattery #Piano

Congratulations to our most recent graduates!
01/24/2020

Congratulations to our most recent graduates!

Music Basic Course provides basic musical training to enlisted personnel of the Navy and Marine Corps. The course includes private instrumental lessons, ensemble training in concert band, jazz ensemble, drill/ceremonies, combo, improvisation, percussion techniques, and music theory and ear training.

Yesterday, Senior Enlisted Advisor Master Gunnery Sergeant Robert Trenum led the Marine Detachment on a motivational run...
01/23/2020

Yesterday, Senior Enlisted Advisor Master Gunnery Sergeant Robert Trenum led the Marine Detachment on a motivational run in honor of the Basic Music Course students who graduate tomorrow morning. Excellent work, Marines!
#motorun

Congratulations to Sergeant Nathan Doggett for his selection as a finalist for the Naval Education and Training Command ...
01/23/2020

Congratulations to Sergeant Nathan Doggett for his selection as a finalist for the Naval Education and Training Command 2019 Military Instructor of the Year!

NETC finalists for its 2019 Sailor of the Year and Military Instructor of the Year are currently in Pensacola, Florida, for a series of events that culminates in a Jan. 23 announcement ceremony. #FleetReadinessStartsHere

Yesterday, the Marine Detachment went on a conditioning hike with weighted packs. Combat conditioning is an important pa...
01/17/2020

Yesterday, the Marine Detachment went on a conditioning hike with weighted packs. Combat conditioning is an important part of physical training for Marines so that we are ready to face the physical rigors of combat. After the hike, our Force Fitness Instructor and Martial Arts Instructor, Staff Sergeant Sean Salazar, presented a warrior case study and discussion about Marine Corps values, leadership, and the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program disciplines.
#combatconditioning #knowyourmil

Naval School of Music
01/15/2020

Naval School of Music

Congratulations to Lance Cpl. Timothy M. Weiss on his selection as the Naval School of Music Student of the Month for December 2019!

Weiss, a native of #Folsom, #California, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 2019 to gain more discipline and sharpen his skills as a musician.

Before joining the U.S. Marine Corps, he attended college at California State University Sacramento. He is a professional musician and business owner (trumpet, copy work, transcribing composing/arranging, and recording).

He has been a #trumpet student in our basic course for four months.

While at the Naval School of Music, he has benefited most from private lessons with his trumpet instructor.

His musical influences are Thad Jones, Pat Metheny, Brian MacDonald, Wayne Bergeron, and Kerry Marsh.

His hobbies are snowboarding, hiking, and coin collecting.

“Bravo Zulu” to Lance Cpl. Weiss on this noteworthy accomplishment!!

#Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music

FEATURED STUDENT: Lance Corporal Kira M. Marjanovic from #Lakewood, OH is currently enrolled at the Naval School of Musi...
01/10/2020

FEATURED STUDENT: Lance Corporal Kira M. Marjanovic from #Lakewood, OH is currently enrolled at the Naval School of Music to train as a musician in the U.S. Marine Corps Music Program.

Lance Corporal Marjanovic graduated from #LakewoodHighSchool, where she played in the Lakewood HS Bands, including marching band, jazz band, and brass quintet. She has also performed in the All Ohio State Fair Band, Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony, Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra Youth Brass Quintet, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Baldwin Wallace Conservatory Youth Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band, Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, and in the #PitOrchestra for several musicals. LCpl Marjanovic has studied with James Sentz, Dr. Amanda Bekeny, and Laura Joss, with her trumpet role model being Chris Koenig. She had wanted to join the Marine Corps since 8th grade because she wanted a challenge, to be part of something bigger than herself, and to experience the world while doing something she loves. LCpl Marjanovic was recruited by Cleveland Marines, 4th Marine Corps District.

“Being a part of the Marine Music Program has been the most challenging thing I have ever done, but also the most rewarding. Just in the past 2 ½ months, I have watched myself grow incredibly as a player and person with the mentoring and guidance I receive from the amazing instructors and students. Being able to collaborate with dedicated musicians from across the country pushes me to become better and has given me a wider perspective on what it means to connect in a music ensemble. The camaraderie that comes with it can’t be compared to anything else and makes everything worth it.” – Lance Corporal Marjanovic #trumpet

Earlier this week, we had the pleasure of presenting a couple awards to two Marines as they depart our ranks. Corporal K...
01/09/2020

Earlier this week, we had the pleasure of presenting a couple awards to two Marines as they depart our ranks. Corporal Kelley Fillo was awarded a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for her outstanding work assisting in Repair and Supply, as well as for her leadership with the Marines Awaiting Training. Staff Sergeant Brandon Johnson was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for his superior dedication to duty while serving as Platoon Sergeant for the Marine Detachment. Congratulations and Semper Fidelis, Marines!

Yesterday, we had the pleasure of promoting 12 Basic Music Course students to the rank of Lance Corporal. We also promot...
01/07/2020

Yesterday, we had the pleasure of promoting 12 Basic Music Course students to the rank of Lance Corporal. We also promoted Unit Leader Course student, Staff Sergeant Eric Potter, during the ceremony. The rank of a Staff Non-Commissioned Officer is a unique position in the Marine Corps reserved for those that display a high degree of leadership and professionalism. Congratulations Marines, and Semper Fidelis!

From left to right in the 3rd picture: LCpls Justin Sokolowski, Ross Redmond, Joshua Newby, Nathan Miranda, Kira Marjanovic, Michelle Maddox, Alexander Lilov, Andrew Kirk, Thomas Glass, Jr., Jeremy De La Cerda, Dakota Colvin, and Bradley Coleman

01/01/2020
U.S. Marine Corps

Happy New Year!

Starting the year off with a recap of our past decade.

Happy New Year, Marines!

12/28/2019
U.S. Marine Corps

Our own Staff Sergeant Anna Ponsor-DeChant was interviewed after completing the Martial Arts Instructor Course earlier this month and is featured in this video. Nice work, SSgt Ponsor-DeChant!
#MCMAP

Marines with Marine Corps Security Force Regiment HR, Fleet Marine Force Atlantic, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command, participate in a culminating event during Martial Arts Instructor Course 20-121, which tested their physical and mental readiness as well as their character development.

(U.S. Marine Corps video by Cpl. Desmond Martin and Pfc. Jack Chen)

Yesterday, Staff Sergeant Anna Ponsor-DeChant graduated the Martial Arts Instructor Course after 15 rigorous training da...
12/21/2019

Yesterday, Staff Sergeant Anna Ponsor-DeChant graduated the Martial Arts Instructor Course after 15 rigorous training days of combat conditioning, technique sustainment, and classroom instruction. She is now able to train other Marines in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program in order to advance their belt level.

The Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) is a "whole Marine" program, which emphasizes the complete development of a professional warrior, and is a key component of the ethical warrior concept. MCMAP is designed to improve the warfighting capabilities of individual Marines and units, enhance Marines' self-confidence and esprit de corps, and foster the warrior ethos of the Corps. The focus will be on the personal development of each Marine in a team framework, using a standardized, trainable, and sustainable close combat system with three disciplines: physical, mental and character. MCMAP is not a sport but a distinctively weapons based system, integrating combat equipment, tough realistic training, physical and mental challenges, shared adversity, combat conditioning and tactics typically found in the combat arena.

Congratulations, SSgt Ponsor-DeChant!
#MCMAP #knowyourmil

FEATURED STUDENT: Lance Corporal Renee M. Banks from Fort Washington, Maryland is currently enrolled at the Naval School...
12/20/2019

FEATURED STUDENT: Lance Corporal Renee M. Banks from Fort Washington, Maryland is currently enrolled at the Naval School of Music to train as a musician in the U.S. Marine Corps Music Program.

LCpl Banks graduated from Friendly High School and obtained her Bachelor's of #MusicEducation from the University of Lynchburg. She has performed with the University of Lynchburg Jazz Band, Jazz Combo, Wind Ensemble, Saxophone Quartet, and in Pit Orchestras for the musicals Dream Girls, A Chorus Line, The Boyfriend and Guys and Dolls. LCpl Banks has also won 1st place in the University of Lynchburg Concerto Competition in 2017. She has studied with Dr. Cynthia Ramsey and Kyle Greaney from the University of Lynchburg, and R.W. Runyon from the College of Southern Maryland. She is a member of Mu Phi Epsilon and Kappa Delta Pi. LCpl Banks was recruited by recruiting station Lynchburg Marines, 4th Marine Corps District.

"I never envisioned joining any branch of service. I believed that I would never be able to meet the expectations necessary to be a service member, especially a Marine. However, thanks to Gunnery Sergeant Jerry Williams for not letting me give up, I achieved the unthinkable. I earned my place as a Marine Musician. Now, it is my job to work just as hard to prove why I deserve this opportunity and this title."
#Saxophone

FEATURED STUDENT: Lance Corporal Timothy M. Weiss from Sacramento, California is currently enrolled at the Naval School ...
12/13/2019

FEATURED STUDENT: Lance Corporal Timothy M. Weiss from Sacramento, California is currently enrolled at the Naval School of Music to train as a musician in the U.S. Marine Corps Music Program.

LCpl Weiss graduated from Folsom High School and attended CSU - Sacramento. He had the opportunity to be a music copyist at Broadway Sacramento for Ben Folds, Peligro, Current Personae, and Roomful of Teeth. LCpl Weiss studied under Dr. Steve Roach, Ken Marsh, Mike McMullen from CSU Sacramento, Bryan Davis from New York City, Larry Lunetta from Broadway Sacramento and Dan Jonas from UC–Boulder. Before enlisting in the Marine Corps, LCpl Weiss owned his own sheet music and transcription business. He also arranged/composed professionally for the Norwegian Cruise Line and Blue Note artist Ambrose Akinmusire. LCpl Weiss was recruited by Marine Corps Recruiting Fair Oaks, CA, 12th Marine Corps District.

"The best part about being here at the Naval School of Music is being able to focus so much time on becoming a better musician. The staff have a great amount of knowledge from various backgrounds and I've been learning something from each of them. I joined the Marine Corps to become a better musician and dedicate my time towards that goal."
#Trumpet

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1420 Gator Blvd
Virginia Beach, VA
23459-2617

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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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