U.S. Marines presented the nation’s top performing marching bands with category awards at the Bands of America Grand National Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 10-12, 2022.
Marine musicians were on hand as part of the Marine Corps Recruiting Command’s partnership with Music for All. Music for All is a non-profit educational organization and has been providing educational and performance programs and events for school music programs. Partnerships like this serve to engage influencers to increase awareness of the Marine Corps opportunities and inspire influencers to provide recruiter’s access to qualified young men and women.
“Our partnership with the Marine Corps over the last two years has been fantastic. We began during COVID when none of us could get into schools or have live events,” said Jeremy L. Earnhart, President and CEO of Music for All. “We were able to partner together with our common theme of leadership and we couldn’t be happier with how the relationship has developed.”
“Our partnership with the Marine Corps over the last two years has been fantastic. We began during COVID when none of us could get into schools or have live events” Jeremy L. Earnhart, President and CEO of Music for All.
Bands of America Grand National Championship’s are viewed as the nation’s top marching bands in the Nation for their premier events, according to Music for All. High School marching bands from across the country performed in front of more than 41,000 attendees.
“Many of the values like hard work, commitment, pride of belonging are the same kind of values that many of these young musicians have,” said Gunnery Sgt. Kevin Oess, MCRC musician procurement chief. “Marines are here because many people don’t know the opportunities the Marine Corps offers them a doorway into being able to explore those opportunities.”
Marines at the event informed directors, educators and young musicians of the opportunities students could have through the Musician Enlistment Option Program. Marine musicians have the chance to perform throughout the nation and internationally. The Marines fight for their country while continuing to further their passion for music and learn how to create a harmony of determination, resiliency, and talent as a Marine Musician.
Photo by Lance Cpl. Jennifer Sanchez
U.S. Marines awarded the Sponsorship Recognition Award at the Bands of America Grand National Championships on Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind., Nov. 11, 2022. Marine Corps Recruiting Command is proud to partner with Music for All, this partnership helps increase awareness of the Marine Corps’ opportunities and connect with band directors, influencers and students.
Throughout the event, Marines distributed branded items, spoke with students pursuing music careers and performed the “Star-Spangled Banner.”
“Our mission is to create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences through Music for All,” said Earnhart. “The positively life-changing experiences the Marines allow us to provide for our stakeholders. Over the last two years of our partnership has been nothing more than short of special.”
The Marine Corps continues to support Music for All to increase awareness and develop lasting relationships with potential influencers in the music community.