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*

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FEATURED STUDENT: Lance Corporal Connor M. Hazelrigg, from #Fresno, CA, is currently enrolled at the Naval School of Mus...
02/12/2021

FEATURED STUDENT: Lance Corporal Connor M. Hazelrigg, from #Fresno, CA, is currently enrolled at the Naval School of Music to train as an instrumentalist in the U.S. Marine Corps Music Program.

Lance Corporal Hazelrigg graduated from Clovis North Educational Center, where he performed as a trumpeter with the Clovis North Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, and Brass Quintet. Additionally, he had the experience of playing in the Fresno Madera Counties Music Educators Association Honor Band in 2017 and 2018 and with the Honor Orchestra in 2019. LCpl Hazelrigg's instructors and musical influences include Head Director of the Clovis North Wind Ensemble, David Lesser, and Clovis North Jazz Director, Erik Dewhirst, who is a former Marine Bandsman. Before joining the U.S. Marine Corps, LCpl Hazelrigg planned to attend college but changed his mind after being inspired by the musicianship and discipline of his Jazz Director, Erik Dewhirst. Lance Corporal Hazelrigg was recruited out of Marine Corps Recruiting Clovis, CA, 12th Marine Corps District.

"What I like about studying at the Naval School of Music is the instructor-student relationship. The instructors are always working towards the improvement of the student, and it is apparent in their work ethic, willingness to answer questions, and in the high standards they place upon us. I feel that I have improved drastically not only as a musician, but as a Marine during my time here."

-Lance Corporal Connor M. Hazelrigg
#trumpet

The Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music wishes a Happy Birthday to LCpl Spencer D. Carr, LCpl Benjamin E. Byus, and...
02/08/2021

The Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music wishes a Happy Birthday to LCpl Spencer D. Carr, LCpl Benjamin E. Byus, and PFC Ezequiel E. Gonzalez. These Marines each celebrate their birthday in the month of February. Happy Birthday Marines!

Please join the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music in congratulating Lance Corporals Benjamin E. Byus and Kayla E....
02/03/2021

Please join the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music in congratulating Lance Corporals Benjamin E. Byus and Kayla E. Graham on being promoted to their current rank on Monday. Congratulations Marines!

The Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music would like to recognize seven Marines who dedicated themselves to another f...
01/27/2021

The Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music would like to recognize seven Marines who dedicated themselves to another four years of service in the United States Marine Corps this week. Congratulations to Gunnery Sergeant James K. Merville and Staff Sergeants Timothy J. Scherer, William I. Fariss, Geoffrey A. Parks, Nathan D. Doggett, Gabriel A. Filkins, and Anna R. Ponsor DeChant. Semper Fidelis Marines!

Last week, the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music held their first motivational run of 2021 and concluded with a f...
01/25/2021

Last week, the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music held their first motivational run of 2021 and concluded with a friendly sit-up competition. Oorah Marines!
#motorun

On Tuesday, the Commanding Officer of the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music promoted seven Marines from the Basic...
01/22/2021

On Tuesday, the Commanding Officer of the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music promoted seven Marines from the Basic Musician Course to the rank of Lance Corporal. Congratulations to LCpls Tre' D. Holmes, Isaac P. Villaro, Kristopher M. Montemayor, Jr., William J. Hardwick, Keith A. Arbogast, Connor M. Hazelrigg, and Joshua D. Grant. Semper Fidelis Marines!

This week, the Marine Detachment held a cupcake event for students who celebrate their birthday in the month of January....
01/20/2021

This week, the Marine Detachment held a cupcake event for students who celebrate their birthday in the month of January. Happy Birthday to Lance Corporals Joshua D. Grant and Isaac P. Villaro!

Please join the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music in congratulating Master Sergeant Gary L. Robison on his recent...
01/14/2021

Please join the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music in congratulating Master Sergeant Gary L. Robison on his recent re-enlistment in the United States Marine Corps. MSgt Robison serves as the Head of Advanced Academics. Semper Fi, MSgt!

Last week, the Commanding Officer of the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music promoted three Marines to the rank of ...
12/21/2020

Last week, the Commanding Officer of the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music promoted three Marines to the rank of Staff Sergeant. Please join us in congratulating Staff Sergeants Brooke V. Bart, Kyle R. Kemps, and Carlos Ortiz IV on this achievement. SSgt Bart serves as the Flute Instructor, SSgt Kemps is the Assistant Instrument Repair Technician, and SSgt Ortiz serves as an Instructor for Basic Academics. Semper Fidelis, Marines!

FEATURED STUDENT: Lance Corporal Gerardo J. Reyes, from #Oceanside, CA, is currently enrolled at the Naval School of Mus...
12/18/2020

FEATURED STUDENT: Lance Corporal Gerardo J. Reyes, from #Oceanside, CA, is currently enrolled at the Naval School of Music to train as an instrumentalist in the U.S. Marine Corps Music Program.

Lance Corporal Reyes graduated from El Camino High School and continued his education at MiraCosta College, where he earned his Associate's of Arts in Music Performance. As a young musician growing up in California, LCpl Reyes had opportunities to perform as a member of the San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra, in Escondido, and the International Youth Symphony, in San Diego. He also participated in several music competitions throughout his high school and college years, to include the Musical Merit Foundation Competition, the Fifteenth Annual Young Artists Clarinet Competition at Grossmont College, and a 2nd place finish in the United States International Music Competition at the Stanford Braun Music Center. LCpl Reyes's previous teachers include Alice Gallagher and Swedish clarinet soloist Hakan Rosengren. Lance Corporal Reyes was recruited out of Marine Corps Recruiting Oceanside, CA, 12th Marine Corps District.

"Having participated in JROTC in high school, I joined the Marine Corps to develop as a leader, especially in the areas of discipline and tact. My time here at the Naval School of Music has definitely taught me these things, and my lessons are always the highlight of my week. My instructor's solutions provide me with the knowledge to apply concepts on my own when practicing, and I quickly notice improvements."

-LCpl Gerardo J. Reyes
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Congratulations to class 20100 on their recent graduation from the Naval School of Music. Semper Fidelis!
12/18/2020

Congratulations to class 20100 on their recent graduation from the Naval School of Music. Semper Fidelis!

Basic course, Class 20100, graduates pose for a class photograph after their graduation ceremony.

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR: Staff Sergeant Nathan D. Doggett, from #Joliet, IL, is currently the Tuba Instructor at the Naval ...
12/11/2020

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR: Staff Sergeant Nathan D. Doggett, from #Joliet, IL, is currently the Tuba Instructor at the Naval School of Music and an Enlisted Conductor in the U.S. Marine Corps Music Program.

SSgt Doggett enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 2013 as a tuba instrumentalist and has served with the III Marine Expeditionary Force Band in Okinawa, Japan and the Naval School of Music in Virginia Beach, VA. During his time at III MEF, he served as acting Enlisted Conductor at the rank of Corporal (E4), a position reserved for E6 and above. SSgt Doggett also had the opportunity to perform in the Japan Self-Defense Forces Marching Festival at the Budokan Arena and travel with the band to Japan and multiple Asian-South Pacific Islands. After completing the Unit Leader Course and remaining on staff as an instructor at the Naval School of Music, SSgt Doggett was assigned the position of Enlisted Conductor.

“I love being at the center of our Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) School and getting the chance to meet all the new Marine Musicians. Having the opportunity to influence these young Marines right when they arrive, is a goal of mine and I look forward to seeing how they will grow both musically and as a leader throughout their time here at the School of Music and in the fleet.”
-Staff Sergeant Nathan D. Doggett

Last Week, the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music, held a cupcake social for students that have a birthday in the ...
12/08/2020

Last Week, the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music, held a cupcake social for students that have a birthday in the month of December. Please join us in wishing Lance Corporal Jiajun Hong and Private First Class Garrett M. Sexton a Happy Birthday!

The Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music congratulates Lance Corporals Kira M. Marjanovic and Lance Corporal Michael...
12/07/2020

The Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music congratulates Lance Corporals Kira M. Marjanovic and Lance Corporal Michael A. Mendoza on their recent completion of the Lance Corporal Leadership and Ethics Seminar, Class 3-20. Semper Fidelis Marines!

The Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music held a Relief and Appointment ceremony for the transition of Senior Enliste...
12/04/2020

The Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music held a Relief and Appointment ceremony for the transition of Senior Enlisted Advisors. MGySgt Robert Trenum relinquished his responsibilities as Senior Enlisted Advisor to MGySgt Andrew J. Cox with the traditional passing of the Non-Commissioned Officer's sword.

During the ceremony, MGySgt Robert Trenum was presented with the Meritorious Service Medal for his over seven years of outstanding service at the Naval School of Music.

On Tuesday, the Commanding Officer of the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music, promoted one Marine to the rank of L...
12/03/2020

On Tuesday, the Commanding Officer of the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music, promoted one Marine to the rank of Lance Corporal and three Marines to the rank of Private First Class. Congratulations to LCpl Andre J. Phanor II, PFC Elijah J. Gueymock, PFC Bryce N. Yacone, and PFC Humberto J. Zinggsalaverria. Semper Fidelis, Marines!

On Tuesday, the Commanding Officer of the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music, had the pleasure of promoting Andrew...
12/02/2020

On Tuesday, the Commanding Officer of the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music, had the pleasure of promoting Andrew J. Cox to the rank of Master Gunnery Sergeant. Congratulations and Semper Fidelis!

Congratulations to the graduates of class 20090. Semper Fidelis!!
11/21/2020

Congratulations to the graduates of class 20090. Semper Fidelis!!

Basic course, class 20090, graduates pose for a class photograph after their graduation ceremony.

FEATURED STUDENT: Private First Class Andre J. Phanor II, from #Brooklyn, NY, is currently enrolled at the Naval School ...
11/20/2020

FEATURED STUDENT: Private First Class Andre J. Phanor II, from #Brooklyn, NY, is currently enrolled at the Naval School of Music to train as an instrumentalist in the U.S. Marine Corps Music Program.

Private First Class Phanor graduated from Midwood High School and furthered his education at The City College of New York, where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Classical Performance on piano. During his time in college, he performed with the Dernst Emile Jazz Band as both a pianist and bassist. His experiences as a member of this ensemble took him across North America to places such as Québec, Florida, Georgia, and New York. PFC Phanor also performed on bass as a member of three different church bands while growing up in Brooklyn. His teachers include Glen Black, Alison Deane, Ira Spaulding, Stephen Jablonsky, and Dernst Emile. Private First Class Phanor was recruited out of Marine Corps Recruiting Hempstead, NY, 1st Marine Corps District.

"The best part about being here at the Naval School of Music is learning from instructors who have various backgrounds in all styles of music. It's an opportunity that most people aren't able to have, and when you add being here as a United States Marine on top of that, it really is something special."
-Private First Class Andre J. Phanor II
#bass

This month, The Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music surprised two students from the Marine Air Ground Task Force Pl...
11/17/2020

This month, The Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music surprised two students from the Marine Air Ground Task Force Planners Basic Course with cupcakes in celebration of their birthdays. Please join us in wishing Private First Class Keaton Vines and Private First Class Tia Bastian a Happy Birthday!

Last week, The Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music held a cake-cutting ceremony to honor the 245th birthday of the ...
11/16/2020

Last week, The Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music held a cake-cutting ceremony to honor the 245th birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps. The Marine Corp’s birthday cake-cutting ceremony is important to all Marines, as it is an annual renewal of each Marine’s commitment to the Corps and to our nation's quest for peace and freedom worldwide.

The Commanding Officer of the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music, presents the Student of the Month Award for Octo...
11/13/2020

The Commanding Officer of the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music, presents the Student of the Month Award for October 2020 to Lance Corporal Bartley M. Gallagher. LCpl Gallagher was selected for his professional attitude, scholastic progress, and individual efforts during October. Congratulations and Semper Fidelis!

Last week, The Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music completed the annual Combat Fitness Test (CFT). The CFT is inten...
11/12/2020

Last week, The Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music completed the annual Combat Fitness Test (CFT). The CFT is intended to simulate the physical challenges that a Marine will encounter during combat operations. The test consists of an 880-yard sprint to simulate Movement to Contact, pressing a 30-pound ammunition can overhead for two minutes, and performing a simulated Maneuver-Under-Fire agility course.
#MARINES #CFT

The Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music would like to wish all Marines, home and abroad, a Happy Birthday and Sempe...
11/10/2020

The Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music would like to wish all Marines, home and abroad, a Happy Birthday and Semper Fidelis.
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FEATURED STUDENT: Lance Corporal Tevion D. Brown, from #Jacksonville, FL, is currently enrolled at the Naval School of M...
11/06/2020

FEATURED STUDENT: Lance Corporal Tevion D. Brown, from #Jacksonville, FL, is currently enrolled at the Naval School of Music to train as an instrumentalist in the U.S. Marine Corps Music Program.

Lance Corporal Brown attended William M. Raines High School and participated in the wrestling team, concert band, and the marching band. He competed in the Florida Bandmasters Association Solo and Ensemble competition, where he earned superior rating in both categories. Outside of high school, LCpl Brown was a member of the Snare S.I Phi Inc. Snare/Multi Tenor Drum Organization and participated in his local bands "Limitless" and "Stank Face". His main influences are his father and grandfather, who are both drummers and U.S. Marine Corps Veterans. LCpl Brown was recruited out of Marine Corps Recruiting Jacksonville, FL, 6th Marine Corps District.

“The Naval School of Music has opened my eyes to realize that not only do I have to be a great musician, but I have to be a great Marine. Being a Marine Musician requires balancing both roles and exceeding the expectations for them. The instructors here are an immeasurable source of knowledge and continually pushing me to sustain the transformation from civilian to Marine.”
- Lance Corporal Tevion D. Brown
#drums #percussion

On Monday, the Commanding Officer of the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music, promoted one Marine to the rank of La...
11/05/2020

On Monday, the Commanding Officer of the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music, promoted one Marine to the rank of Lance Corporal and three Marines to the rank of Private First Class. Congratulations to LCpl Gerardo J. Reyes, PFC Brendan P. Flatley, PFC Jaden T. Mickley, and PFC Garrett M. Saxton. Semper Fidelis, Marines!

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR: Sergeant Brooke V. Bart, from #Endwell, NY, is currently the Flute Instructor at the Naval School ...
11/04/2020

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR: Sergeant Brooke V. Bart, from #Endwell, NY, is currently the Flute Instructor at the Naval School of Music and an instrumentalist in the U.S. Marine Corps Music Program.

Sgt Bart enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps as a flute instrumentalist and has served with Marine Band San Diego, in San Diego, CA; Marine Corps Forces Pacific (MARFORPAC) Band, in Kaneohe Bay, HI; and the Naval School of Music, in Virginia Beach, VA. She has held various leadership positions to include Squad Leader, Administration Chief, Operations Chief, and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Representative. During her time in the fleet bands, Sgt Bart traveled to China, Saipan, American Samoa and throughout the southwestern United States. She also served as a substitute musician with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and performed various orchestral pieces with the symphony to include Beethoven's "Symphony No. 9", Tchaikovsky's "Symphony No. 1", and Gounod's "Romeo and Juliet".

"If I were to sum up my experience in the Marine Corps Band thus far, I would say I've been able to do the most incredible things in the most incredible places, with the most incredible people. My favorite piece of advice is to never settle for simply being good enough - always strive for excellence. Take time to celebrate the journey and how far you've come, then use that momentum to propel yourself to greatness. I'm very grateful for the opportunity to influence the next generation of Marine Musicians, and I strive to have the same positive impact on them that my instructors had on me as a young Marine."

-Sergeant Brooke V. Bart
#flute

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

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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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