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.

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For the past month, Lance Corporal Jacqueline E. Kliewer held a fundraiser for multiple charities. Through various socia...
08/26/2020

For the past month, Lance Corporal Jacqueline E. Kliewer held a fundraiser for multiple charities. Through various social media platforms and donations from students and staff, she was able to raise over $1,000 and donate all the proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Project, NO MORE, and Rape Abuse and Incest National Network ( RAINN). The Wounded Warrior Project works towards helping veterans with physical and mental health trauma incurred during their military service by providing support and services to our veterans. NO MORE is an organization that is dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual assault by increasing awareness, inspiring action, and fueling culture change. RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization that operates the Department of Defense Safe Helpline and promotes programs to prevent sexual violence and help survivors.

Congratulations are in order! Lance Corporal Emily Figueroa and Lance Corporal Kasie Wagner recently completed the rigor...
08/24/2020

Congratulations are in order! Lance Corporal Emily Figueroa and Lance Corporal Kasie Wagner recently completed the rigorous training required to earn their Gray Belts in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program. Their training was conducted by Martial Arts Instructors, Staff Sergeant Sean Salazar, Staff Sergeant Anna Ponsor-DeChant, and Sergeant Adam Chandler. Great work, Marines!
The Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) is a "whole Marine concept" 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 is 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.
#MCMAP #GrayBelt

FEATURED STUDENT: Lance Corporal Tolan M. Lewis, from #Alhambra, CA, is currently enrolled at the Naval School of Music ...
08/21/2020

FEATURED STUDENT: Lance Corporal Tolan M. Lewis, from #Alhambra, 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 Lewis graduated from Alhambra High School, and went on to receive an Associate in Arts from Pasadena City College where he performed in the Concert Band, Brass Chamber Ensembles, Lancer Marching Band, and the 2016 Tournament of Roses Herald Trumpets. He furthered his studies at the University of North Texas and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors in Music Education. While at UNT, he performed with the Concert Band, Brass Band, Wind Ensemble, and had the opportunity to perform at the 2019 National Trumpet Competition as part of The University of North Texas Trumpet Quintet. LCpl Lewis is also a proud member of one of the largest national fraternal societies in music, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity. He has studied with Kevin Brown, John Holt, Dr. Spencer Wallin, Adam Gordon, and Dr. Megan Bailey. His hobbies include hiking, reading, swimming, running, playing video games, and watching movies. Lance Corporal Lewis was recruited by RSS Denton, 8th Marine Corps District 8th Marine Corps District.

“The Naval School of Music has a knowledgeable staff that excels at helping the students improve their musical ability, while building necessary leadership skills as Marines. I know my time here has set me up for success in both my career within and beyond the Marine Corps."
- Lance Corporal Tolan M. Lewis
#Trumpet

Congratulations class 20060!
08/21/2020

Congratulations class 20060!

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.

FEATURED STUDENT: Lance Corporal Sean N. Montoya, from #Orange, CA, is currently enrolled at the Naval School of Music t...
08/14/2020

FEATURED STUDENT: Lance Corporal Sean N. Montoya, from #Orange, CA, is currently enrolled at the Naval School of Music to train as a trombonist in the U.S. Marine Corps Music Program.

Lance Corporal Montoya graduated from Villa Park High School, where he performed with the Villa Park High School March N Spartans, symphonic band, jazz combo, jazz band, super band, dixieland band, and the mariachi band. He also performed in the Concordia University Irvine Jazz Band, Santiago Canyon College Jazz Band, and the Sons of Thunder Community Big Band. LCpl Montoya's teachers and influences include Major Jay, Eddie Corbett, Luis Gracia, Edson Valseca, Amy Bowers of Orange County School of the Arts, Rich Bullock of Azusa Pacific University, and Sergeant Joshua S. Malone of the U.S. Marine Corps. Before joining his high school swim team, LCpl Montoya competed in the Summer and Winter Junior Olympics. He enjoys performing in the Naval School of Music ceremonial band and brass quintet, exploring the base with friends, and virtual trivia night. Lance Corporal Montoya was recruited by Marine Corps Recruiting Orange County, 12th Marine Corps District.

"I remember in High School when the Marine Corps Jazz Orchestra came to perform. It was an inspiring experience and I've always dreamed about being on the other side. Now I'm working with and receiving instruction from those same Marines. At the school I am able to play and work alongside high caliber and motivated musicians. It is hard to find a group of people who work together to produce something greater than themselves. I'm eager to reach my full potential and begin performing with my future band upon graduation." - Lance Corporal Sean N. Montoya

Congratulations to our recent graduates!
08/14/2020

Congratulations to our recent graduates!

The Unit Leader Course provides qualified personnel with advanced technical knowledge and skills required to perform the duties of the ceremonial conductor, drum major, and small ensemble leader. Advanced training includes rehearsing and conducting ceremonial bands, performing the duties of drum major for ceremonial bands, rehearsing contemporary music ensembles, analyzing and writing advanced music, and performing technical and non-musical support for performances.

Congratulations are in order to LCpl Claire E. Molohon for being selected as Student of the Month for July.
08/12/2020

Congratulations are in order to LCpl Claire E. Molohon for being selected as Student of the Month for July.

Lt. Cmdr. David J. Latour, executive officer at the Naval School of Music, presents the Student of the Month Award for July 2020 to Lance Cpl. Claire E. Molohon. Molohon was selected for her professional attitude, scholastic progress, and individual efforts during July.

Last Week, the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music , held a cupcake social for students who have a birthday in the ...
08/10/2020

Last Week, the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music , held a cupcake social for students who have a birthday in the month of August. Please join us in wishing LCpl Tyren A. Davis, LCpl Justin J. Reyes, PFC Luis A. Mejia, and Private Alexander B. Hill a Happy Birthday!

FEATURED STUDENT: Lance Corporal Charly Carreon from #Laredo, TX is currently enrolled at the Naval School of Music to t...
08/07/2020

FEATURED STUDENT: Lance Corporal Charly Carreon from #Laredo, TX is currently enrolled at the Naval School of Music to train as a musician in the U.S. Marine Corps Music Program.

Lance Corporal Carreon graduated from United High School in Laredo, TX, and attended Texas A&M International University to pursue a degree in #MusicEd. While in high school, he participated in Concert Band, Jazz Band, Marching Band, and Mariachi Band. LCpl Carreon also had the opportunity to compete at the state level for the TMEA Solo and Ensembles competition, where he placed first division in both categories. During his time at college, he joined a newly formed Mariachi group that performed at various venues in the Laredo area and gave him the opportunity to play music from his heritage. His main influences are Michael Valdez from United High School and Dr. Oswaldo Zapata from UTSA - The University of Texas at San Antonio. LCpl Carreon's passion for performing for people and traveling led to his decision to join the U.S. Marine Corps. LCpl Carreon was recruited by Laredo Marines, 8th Marine Corps District.

"The Naval School of Music has helped my playing in so many ways and I’ve seen growth in my confidence and technical abilities since attending NAVSOM. One thing that I’ve taken from this experience is the way that I think and approach music. This is all thanks to the great instructors at the school who coached and mentored me into the the Marine Musician that is expected in the fleet. Although I was not able to finish my time in college, I feel that joining the Marine Corps was the best decision for my career goals and performance opportunities."
- Lance Corporal Charly Carreon
#Trumpet

Earlier this week, the Commanding Officer of the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music promoted four Marines to the r...
08/06/2020

Earlier this week, the Commanding Officer of the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music promoted four Marines to the rank of Lance Corporal and one Marine to the rank of Private First Class. Congratulations to LCpl Jacob D. Everett, LCpl Carolyn M. Kolceski, LCpl Sangjun Lee, LCpl Tolan M. Lewis, and PFC Jarrod D. Fontana. Semper Fidelis, Marines!

Single Marine Program Hampton Roads
08/03/2020

Single Marine Program Hampton Roads

Friday, 31 July 2020 - Was a very active day for SMP-Reps in the Hampton Roads Area. We celebrated the 100th Birthday of Captain Phyllis Young-O'Quinn, USMC, Ret. and had a Quaity of Life "Pizza Fest" for 50+ students at the Naval School of Music who are restricted to base, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Recognition to Sgt Wagner and Sgt Denman - SMP Reps, who have stayed involved and are consistently Making a Difference in spite of the ongoing pandemic. Sgt Denman's dog ensured social distancing was in place.

Last Week, the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music, held a cupcake social for students that have a birthday in the ...
07/27/2020

Last Week, the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music, held a cupcake social for students that have a birthday in the month of July. Please join us in wishing Lance Corporal Emily Figueroa Talampas, LCpl Megan E. Dolan (not pictured), Private First Class Eduard H. Gonzalez, PFC Tolan M. Lewis, and Private Jarrod D. Fontana a Happy Birthday!

FEATURED STUDENT: Lance Corporal Jeremiah C. Macomber from #Oroville, CA is currently enrolled at the Naval School of Mu...
07/24/2020

FEATURED STUDENT: Lance Corporal Jeremiah C. Macomber from #Oroville, 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 Macomber graduated from #OrovilleHighSchool, where he pursued his passion for music by playing in the Las Plumas/Oroville Alliance Band. His band director, Michael Walker, had served as a Marine musician and was one of LCpl Macomber’s greatest musical influences. The Alliance Band earned an invitation to play at Carnegie Hall with their performance at the Seattle Heritage Music Festival, in which LCpl Macomber played a key role. He has also performed with the Oroville Community Concert Band and the brass quintet, Butte Brass. In addition to music, LCpl Macomber enjoys soccer, video games, and yo-yos. LCpl Macomber was recruited by Sacramento Marines, 12th Marine Corps District.

“The Naval School of Music has been one of the most beneficial experiences of my life. The help and respect that I receive from the staff is unparalleled by anything I’ve seen in the Marine Corps. As a Marine, it’s not uncommon for me to refer to those that are in the Corps as my brothers and sisters, but the students of the Marine Detachment have truly become family. In addition to forming a strong bond with the Marines here at the school, I’ve also managed to gain significant proficiency on my instrument. Although I still have much to learn, I readily look forward to the experiences that I have yet to go through.” – Lance Corporal Macomber #trumpet

Congratulations are in order! SSgt William Fariss, SSgt Gabriel Filkins, Sgt Adam Chandler, and Sgt Spencer Day recently...
07/23/2020

Congratulations are in order! SSgt William Fariss, SSgt Gabriel Filkins, Sgt Adam Chandler, and Sgt Spencer Day recently received their Instructor Certifications. In addition, Sgt Carlos Ortiz IV was recognized as the Naval School of Music Junior Enlisted Instructor of the Quarter and SSgt Sean Salazar was recognized as the Naval School of Music Mid-Grade Instructor of the Quarter for 3rd Quarter, Fiscal Year 2020. Excellent work, Marines!

Congratulations to our recent graduates!
07/21/2020

Congratulations to our 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.

FEATURED STUDENT: Lance Corporal Jacqueline E. Kliewer, from #SanDiego, CA, is currently enrolled at the Naval School of...
07/17/2020

FEATURED STUDENT: Lance Corporal Jacqueline E. Kliewer, from #SanDiego, 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 Kliewer attended Floyd E. Kellam High School in Virginia Beach, VA, and graduated from #MountCarmelHighSchool in San Diego, CA. She was a member of the marching band at both high schools, wind ensembles in Mt. Carmel (Mt. Carmel Music Foundation - MCMF), and the Virginia Beach District High School band. Band directors she played under include Cameron Baker, Garry McPherson, Rachel Casey, and Jaclyn Francis, and she studied privately with Eric Hom. She enjoys weight lifting, watching movies, writing poetry, painting, and creating art. Lance Corporal Kliewer was recruited by Marine Corps Recruiting Station San Diego, 12th Marine Corps District.

“Since being here at NAVSOM, I have grown into a much greater version of myself. I have learned to speak out about problems I care about and advocate for others. The staff here have not only held me to a higher standard, but also showed me what type of leader I truly strive to emulate. The students here have taught me not only how to grow, but also how to lead. I am exceptionally grateful for the time I have had thus far at the Naval School of Music. "
- Lance Corporal Jacqueline E. Kliewer #Tuba

Congratulations, LCpl Bess!
07/17/2020

Congratulations, LCpl Bess!

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

07/16/2020

In order to ensure the health and safety of the students and staff aboard the Naval School of Music, visitors are restricted from entering the building or visiting the students. We appreciate your understanding and patience during these difficult times and we thank you for your support.

On Friday, July 10th, Gunnery Sergeant Shannon Farquhar retired after 22 years of faithful service. During her career, s...
07/15/2020

On Friday, July 10th, Gunnery Sergeant Shannon Farquhar retired after 22 years of faithful service. During her career, she served as a Saxophone Instrumentalist, Assistant Drum Major, Enlisted Conductor, Basic Academics Instructor, Rehearsal Division Conductor, Advanced Academics Instructor, Advanced Academics Branch Head, Head of Advanced Academics Division, and Conducting Instructor. GySgt Farquhar was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for her exemplary work here at the Naval School of Music as Head of Advanced Academics Division, Instructor, Curriculum Developer, and as the Head of the Marine Detachment's Command Mentorship Program. Fair winds and following seas, GySgt!

FEATURED STUDENT: Lance Corporal Rebekah R. Gerhardt, from #Clarkston, MI, is currently enrolled at the Naval School of ...
07/10/2020

FEATURED STUDENT: Lance Corporal Rebekah R. Gerhardt, from #Clarkston, MI, is currently enrolled at the Naval School of Music to train as a musician in the U.S. Marine Corps Music Program.

Lance Corporal Gerhardt graduated from Clarkston High School, where she performed in clarinet choir, woodwind quintet, marching band, and color guard. She has also performed with the Clarkston Community Band and in the local District Honor Band. LCpl Gerhardt studied under her high school band director, Michael Lewis, and her clarinet instructor, Shelley Roland. Significant performances in her career include playing for the Michigan Youth Arts Festival with her clarinet choir and quintet, as well as performing as a soloist with her high school band at Carnegie Hall . While in high school, LCpl Gerhardt was a member and leader of the National Honor Society for three years. Her father is a U.S. Marine Corps Musician Veteran, and she credits him as her biggest influence to becoming a United States Marine Musician. Lance Corporal Gerhardt was recruited by Auburn Hills Marines, 4th Marine Corps District.

“The best parts about being at the Naval School of Music are the opportunities to become a better musician, improve myself physically, and become a better Marine. There is an unlimited amount of resources here to help me become a Marine Musician and it has reassured me that I chose the right path for my career."
- Lance Corporal Rebekah R. Gerhardt
#Clarinetist

Last week, the Commanding Officer of the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music, promoted five Marines to the rank of ...
07/08/2020

Last week, the Commanding Officer of the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music, promoted five Marines to the rank of Lance Corporal and two Marines to the rank of Private First Class. Congratulations to LCpls Cameron A. Crate, Hunter T. Davis, Tyren A. Davis, Joshua E. Fleming, Justin J. Reyes, PFCs Jason L. Stem, and Parker R. Wicks. Semper Fidelis, Marines!

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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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