The Parris Island Marine Band was established on Oct. 28, 1915. Musicians originally doubled as marksmanship instructors, close combat instructors and provided support for various units on the depot. Today, the Marines of the Parris Island Marine Band make up the concert band, marching/ceremonial band, brass band, brass quintet and a jazz combo. The Parris Island Marine Band’s primary mission is to provide musical support for recruit graduations and other military ceremonies and events. In addition to playing at approximately 40 recruit graduations each year, the band also performs concerts and parades across the United States. The band was also a 2009 and 2013 recipient of the Col. George S. Howard Citation for Musical Excellence for Military Concert Bands.
To request the Parris Island Marine Band for a performance, visit the Request the Band page. There you will find all the appropriate links, forms and information to request the band for an off-base event. Keep in mind that requests should be submitted at least 90 days prior to an event for the greatest chance of being accepted. Provide as much information as possible with your request.