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.

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 Lea

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 Lea

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09/09/2021

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Congratulations to Lance Corporals Gavin J. McLaughlin and Alexander N. Pierson on being promoted to their current rank....
09/08/2021

Congratulations to Lance Corporals Gavin J. McLaughlin and Alexander N. Pierson on being promoted to their current rank. LCpl McLaughlin is a staff member with the Marine Air Ground Task Force Planners Course. LCpl Pierson is a student in the Basic Musician Course. Oorah, Marines!

On Wednesday, the Commanding Officer of the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music promoted four Marines to the rank o...
09/03/2021

On Wednesday, the Commanding Officer of the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music promoted four Marines to the rank of Lance Corporal. Congratulations to LCpls Joshua Colon, Matthew S. Norkus, Riley M. Nunez, and Desean E. Porchea. Oorah, Marines!

On Wednesday, the Commanding Officer of the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music promoted four Marines to the rank of Lance Corporal. Congratulations to LCpls Joshua Colon, Matthew S. Norkus, Riley M. Nunez, and Desean E. Porchea. Oorah, Marines!

The Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music congratulates Staff Sergeant Eric J. Potter and Sergeants Matthew N. Kitzen...
09/02/2021

The Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music congratulates Staff Sergeant Eric J. Potter and Sergeants Matthew N. Kitzen-Abelson and Joshua T. Wagner on earning the Good Conduct Medal. SSgt Potter is the clarinet instructor and received his third award. Sgts Kitzen-Abelson and Wagner, who serve as the trumpet and horn instructors, respectively, both received their second award. Semper Fidelis, Marines!

The Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music congratulates Staff Sergeant Eric J. Potter and Sergeants Matthew N. Kitzen-Abelson and Joshua T. Wagner on earning the Good Conduct Medal. SSgt Potter is the clarinet instructor and received his third award. Sgts Kitzen-Abelson and Wagner, who serve as the trumpet and horn instructors, respectively, both received their second award. Semper Fidelis, Marines!

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09/01/2021

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08/30/2021

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On Wednesday, the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music held a motivation run in honor of this month's graduates from...
08/27/2021

On Wednesday, the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music held a motivation run in honor of this month's graduates from the Basic Musician Course. Congratulations to Class 21060! Oorah, Marines!

On Wednesday, the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music held a motivation run in honor of this month's graduates from the Basic Musician Course. Congratulations to Class 21060! Oorah, Marines!

Last week, the Commanding Officer of the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music had the honor of awarding Good Conduct...
08/18/2021

Last week, the Commanding Officer of the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music had the honor of awarding Good Conduct Medals to Gunnery Sergeant Leann R. Splitter and Master Sergeant Aaron L. Davis as well as the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal to Staff Sergeant Jessica K. Larsen. GySgt Splitter earned her fifth Good Conduct award, and MSgt Davis earned his sixth. SSgt Larsen was awarded for excellence while serving as Drill Instructor and Senior Drill Instructor at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. from July 2018 to July 2021. Congratulations, Marines!

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR: Staff Sergeant Carlos Ortiz IV, from #Natchitoches, LA, currently serves as Head of Basic Academic...
08/13/2021

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR: Staff Sergeant Carlos Ortiz IV, from #Natchitoches, LA, currently serves as Head of Basic Academics at the Naval School of Music.

As the son of a United States Air Force Airmen, SSgt Ortiz lived in several locations while growing up, including California, Texas, England, and New Jersey. He graduated from Pleasanton High School in #Pleasanton, TX and went on to pursue a Bachelor’s in Music Performance, focusing on Classical Trumpet, at Northwestern State University in #Natchitoches, LA. Continuing with his education, SSgt Ortiz then earned a Master’s in Music Performance, with an emphasis in Jazz Trumpet, from Duquesne University in #Pittsburgh, PA.

SSgt Ortiz began his U.S. Marine Corps career in 2013 when he joined the "The Commandant's Own," The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps as a Soprano Bugler. While serving with them, he traveled across the United States extensively and performed annually with the Battle Color Detachment in California, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Virginia. Other highlights from his time with the Commandant’s Own include performing with the New York Philharmonic, serving as a soloist and arranger for the unit, and performing at Fort Henry in Canada. In 2017, SSgt Ortiz transitioned out of the Commandant’s Own and lateral moved to the Marine Corps Fleet Bands. As a member of Marine Band San Diego from 2017 through 2018, SSgt Ortiz served as Trumpet Section Leader, Fire Team Leader, Squad Leader, Guide, and Platoon Sergeant. He had the honor of performing with the Marine Corps Jazz Orchestra and performed for the Arizona Cardinals Halftime Show in Detroit with the Rock Band. After completing the Unit Leader Course in 2019, SSgt Ortiz was assigned one of three Academics Instructor positions at the Naval School of Music.

“Being an instructor at the Naval School of Music gives me an opportunity to mold the Marines that are transitioning to the fleet bands. As a military musician, you are expected to be the best of the best. Not only on your instrument, but also on the theoretical side of music. I teach Marines that they are the ambassadors of our program, and, as such, we have to be the total package of what it means to be a military musician.”

-Staff Sergeant Carlos Ortiz IV

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR: Staff Sergeant Carlos Ortiz IV, from #Natchitoches, LA, currently serves as Head of Basic Academics at the Naval School of Music.

As the son of a United States Air Force Airmen, SSgt Ortiz lived in several locations while growing up, including California, Texas, England, and New Jersey. He graduated from Pleasanton High School in #Pleasanton, TX and went on to pursue a Bachelor’s in Music Performance, focusing on Classical Trumpet, at Northwestern State University in #Natchitoches, LA. Continuing with his education, SSgt Ortiz then earned a Master’s in Music Performance, with an emphasis in Jazz Trumpet, from Duquesne University in #Pittsburgh, PA.

SSgt Ortiz began his U.S. Marine Corps career in 2013 when he joined the "The Commandant's Own," The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps as a Soprano Bugler. While serving with them, he traveled across the United States extensively and performed annually with the Battle Color Detachment in California, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Virginia. Other highlights from his time with the Commandant’s Own include performing with the New York Philharmonic, serving as a soloist and arranger for the unit, and performing at Fort Henry in Canada. In 2017, SSgt Ortiz transitioned out of the Commandant’s Own and lateral moved to the Marine Corps Fleet Bands. As a member of Marine Band San Diego from 2017 through 2018, SSgt Ortiz served as Trumpet Section Leader, Fire Team Leader, Squad Leader, Guide, and Platoon Sergeant. He had the honor of performing with the Marine Corps Jazz Orchestra and performed for the Arizona Cardinals Halftime Show in Detroit with the Rock Band. After completing the Unit Leader Course in 2019, SSgt Ortiz was assigned one of three Academics Instructor positions at the Naval School of Music.

“Being an instructor at the Naval School of Music gives me an opportunity to mold the Marines that are transitioning to the fleet bands. As a military musician, you are expected to be the best of the best. Not only on your instrument, but also on the theoretical side of music. I teach Marines that they are the ambassadors of our program, and, as such, we have to be the total package of what it means to be a military musician.”

-Staff Sergeant Carlos Ortiz IV

Today, Marines from the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music participated in a combat conditioning workout where the...
08/11/2021

Today, Marines from the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music participated in a combat conditioning workout where they performed exercises and moved between stations with their squads. This was in keeping with the Marine Corps leadership principle of training Marines as a team. At the end of the workout, the Marines practiced some of the strikes they learned while at boot camp through the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program.
#ForceFitness #CombatConditioning #MCMAP

Today, Marines from the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music participated in a combat conditioning workout where they performed exercises and moved between stations with their squads. This was in keeping with the Marine Corps leadership principle of training Marines as a team. At the end of the workout, the Marines practiced some of the strikes they learned while at boot camp through the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program.
#ForceFitness #CombatConditioning #MCMAP

Please join the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music in congratulating Sergeant Joshua T. Wagner on his recent re-en...
08/09/2021

Please join the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music in congratulating Sergeant Joshua T. Wagner on his recent re-enlistment in the United States Marine Corps. Sgt Wagner serves as the French horn instructor. Semper Fi, Sgt!

Please join the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music in congratulating Sergeant Joshua T. Wagner on his recent re-enlistment in the United States Marine Corps. Sgt Wagner serves as the French horn instructor. Semper Fi, Sgt!

On Monday, the Commanding Officer of the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music promoted nine Marines to the rank of L...
08/06/2021

On Monday, the Commanding Officer of the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music promoted nine Marines to the rank of Lance Corporal. Congratulations are in order for LCpl's Rylee A Christoffersen, Kimberly B. Claassen, Charles K. Dunbar, Peter R. McCarty, Tyler W. McGrath, Daniel S. Saufley, Kenneth R. Saufley, Amanda C. Sealock, and John R. Shorez Jr. Semper Fidelis, Marines!

The Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music wishes a Happy Birthday to Lance Corporals Kimberly B. Claassen, Robert D. ...
08/05/2021

The Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music wishes a Happy Birthday to Lance Corporals Kimberly B. Claassen, Robert D. Fell, Amanda C. Sealock, Private First Class Adrian J. Hernandez and Daveben N. Gurion. Happy Birthday, Marines!

The Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music wishes a Happy Birthday to Lance Corporals Kimberly B. Claassen, Robert D. Fell, Amanda C. Sealock, Private First Class Adrian J. Hernandez and Daveben N. Gurion. Happy Birthday, Marines!

This past weekend, Marines from the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music participated with the Single Marine Program...
08/04/2021

This past weekend, Marines from the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music participated with the Single Marine Program Hampton Roads in celebrating Captain Phyllis Young O'Quinn Ret. 101st birthday. Happy Birthday and Semper Fidelis!

This past weekend, Marines from the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music participated with the Single Marine Program Hampton Roads in celebrating Captain Phyllis Young O'Quinn Ret. 101st birthday. Happy Birthday and Semper Fidelis!

on Thursday, students from The Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music participated in a Fight Night Tournament hosted ...
07/30/2021

on Thursday, students from The Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music participated in a Fight Night Tournament hosted by the Martial Arts Instructors (MAI) and Force Fitness Instructors (FFI) of Marine Detachment Dam Neck. The tournament gave the participants an opportunity to use belt techniques learned in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) and develop unit cohesion. Staff Sergeant Sean E. Salazar and Staff Sergeant Jonathan Burgos, from the U.S. Army School of Music, were the overall champions in their respective weight class. Congratulations and Semper Fidelis!

Today, the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music held a motivational run in honor of Class 21050, who will graduate f...
07/28/2021

Today, the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music held a motivational run in honor of Class 21050, who will graduate from the Basic Musician Course on Friday. Oorah, Marines!
#motorun

FEATURED STUDENT: Lance Corporal John D. Shirley, from #Louisville, NY, is currently enrolled at the Naval School of Mus...
07/23/2021

FEATURED STUDENT: Lance Corporal John D. Shirley, from #Louisville, NY, is currently enrolled at the Naval School of Music to train as an instrumentalist in the U.S. Marine Corps Music Program.

Lance Corporal Shirley graduated from Massena Central School District where he performed on euphonium in the Concert Band and valve trombone in the Jazz Ensemble. During his time in high school, LCpl Shirley was a member the St. Lawrence County Music Educators Association All-County Band and All-County Jazz Band as well as the New York State Student Music Association Area Band and All-State Band. After high school, he continued his education at #SUNYPotsdam's The Crane School of Music, where he graduated with a Bachelor's in #Performance. While in his undergraduate studies, LCpl Shirley performed in the Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Concert Band, Brass Quintet and the Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble. After graduating from Crane School of Music, he went on to pursue his Master's in Euphonium Performance at Fredonia School of Music. During his time there, he performed in the Wind Symphony Concert Band and Tuba-Euphonium Quartet. After graduating from Fredonia, LCpl John D. Shirley was recruited out of Marine Recruiting Potsdam, 1st Marine Corps District.

“Overall, my experience at NAVSOM has been professional and enjoyable. Both the instructors and the students are motivated and talented in their respective areas of expertise. I am currently getting a first-class education that will prepare me to enter the fleet bands. I have enjoyed my time here and am thankful for the skills I am learning, both musical and in life.
- Lance Corporal John D. Shirley
#Euphonium

FEATURED STUDENT: Lance Corporal John D. Shirley, from #Louisville, NY, is currently enrolled at the Naval School of Music to train as an instrumentalist in the U.S. Marine Corps Music Program.

Lance Corporal Shirley graduated from Massena Central School District where he performed on euphonium in the Concert Band and valve trombone in the Jazz Ensemble. During his time in high school, LCpl Shirley was a member the St. Lawrence County Music Educators Association All-County Band and All-County Jazz Band as well as the New York State Student Music Association Area Band and All-State Band. After high school, he continued his education at #SUNYPotsdam's The Crane School of Music, where he graduated with a Bachelor's in #Performance. While in his undergraduate studies, LCpl Shirley performed in the Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Concert Band, Brass Quintet and the Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble. After graduating from Crane School of Music, he went on to pursue his Master's in Euphonium Performance at Fredonia School of Music. During his time there, he performed in the Wind Symphony Concert Band and Tuba-Euphonium Quartet. After graduating from Fredonia, LCpl John D. Shirley was recruited out of Marine Recruiting Potsdam, 1st Marine Corps District.

“Overall, my experience at NAVSOM has been professional and enjoyable. Both the instructors and the students are motivated and talented in their respective areas of expertise. I am currently getting a first-class education that will prepare me to enter the fleet bands. I have enjoyed my time here and am thankful for the skills I am learning, both musical and in life.
- Lance Corporal John D. Shirley
#Euphonium

The Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music wishes a Happy Birthday to Privates First Class Peter McCarty and Maxwell B...
07/09/2021

The Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music wishes a Happy Birthday to Privates First Class Peter McCarty and Maxwell Bassil as well as Lance Corporals Collin Raxsdale, Gerad Ortiz, Julian Klimczyk, Joseph Garzon, Nathan Fredenburg, and Robert Potterf (not pictured). These Marines each celebrate their birthday in the month of July. Happy Birthday, Marines!

The Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music wishes a Happy Birthday to Privates First Class Peter McCarty and Maxwell Bassil as well as Lance Corporals Collin Raxsdale, Gerad Ortiz, Julian Klimczyk, Joseph Garzon, Nathan Fredenburg, and Robert Potterf (not pictured). These Marines each celebrate their birthday in the month of July. Happy Birthday, Marines!

The Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music takes pleasure in congratulating Gunnery Sergeant Jeremy A. Matt on being a...
07/07/2021

The Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music takes pleasure in congratulating Gunnery Sergeant Jeremy A. Matt on being awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal. Currently enrolled in the Unit Leader Course, GySgt Matt was recognized for his contributions to the 1st Marine Division Band as the unit's Enlisted Conductor and for serving as a Trombone Instrumentalist, Group Leader, Ensemble Leader, Combat Marksmanship Trainer, and Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor. Oorah, GySgt!

The Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music takes pleasure in congratulating Gunnery Sergeant Jeremy A. Matt on being awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal. Currently enrolled in the Unit Leader Course, GySgt Matt was recognized for his contributions to the 1st Marine Division Band as the unit's Enlisted Conductor and for serving as a Trombone Instrumentalist, Group Leader, Ensemble Leader, Combat Marksmanship Trainer, and Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor. Oorah, GySgt!

The Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music congratulates Gunnery Sergeant Geoffrey A. Parks on being promoted to his c...
07/06/2021

The Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music congratulates Gunnery Sergeant Geoffrey A. Parks on being promoted to his current rank. GySgt Parks serves as Percussion Instructor and Drum Major, leading students from the Basic Musician Course in Field Drill instruction and students from the Unit Leader Course in Drum Major techniques. Semper Fidelis, GySgt!

Today, the Commanding Officer of the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music promoted four Marines to the ranks of Corp...
07/01/2021

Today, the Commanding Officer of the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music promoted four Marines to the ranks of Corporal, Lance Corporal, and Private First Class. Cpl Kira M. Marjanovic, who was recently assigned as the assistant to the Platoon Sergeant, joins the esteemed ranks of Non-commissioned Officers as a Corporal of Marines. Congratulations are also in order for LCpl's Robert F. Potterf, Grace E. Wooge and PFC Juan V. Campos. Semper Fidelis, Marines!

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Virginia Beach, VA
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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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