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    Marine Corps Band New Orleans visits Colorado

    Marine Corps Band New Orleans visits Colorado

    Photo By Sgt. Benjamin Pryer | Gunnery Sgt. Stacie Crowther, drum major for Marine Corps Band New Orleans, speaks to...... read more read more



    Story by Cpl. Benjamin Pryer 

    8th Marine Corps District

    The Marine Corps New Orleans Band visited Denver, CO January 17 – 18, 2017 in order to perform at the National Western Stock Show and local high schools.
    The visit served as a community outreach opportunity and assists in recruiting efforts by demonstrating a niche job opportunity within the Marine Corps.
    “The mission for the band is to do community outreach and educational awareness, it helps out the local recruiters by providing a means to interact with the music program of their school,” said Gunnery Sgt. Robert Marroquin, Music Program Director for 8th Marine Corps District. “We show people different jobs in the Marine Corps, so it creates that avenue for recruiters to plant the seed about different opportunities in the Marine Corps.”
    With Colorado containing a majority of Army and Air Force personnel and bases, Marroquin mentioned that a visit from the Marine Corps Band expands the interaction high school students and faculty have with Marine Corps elements.
    “A lot of schools don't know the differences between military branches, they sometimes see us all as the same,” said Marroquin. “Visits like this help by showing we have band opportunities just like the other branches.”
    The band performed at Castle View and Littleton High School, where they entertained students and faculty alike.
    “They always say music is the universal language, and it is so true,” said Gunnery Sgt. Stacy Crowther, Drum Major for Marine Corps Band New Orleans. “Whether it's someone who has musical experience or someone who just taps their foot along, we can communicate with everybody and bring a form of entertainment everyone enjoys. I think that kind of engagement is very important from an outreach standpoint.”
    Crowther said the band entices musicians and non-musicians alike, providing opportunities for communication on a variety of topics.
    “I think this kind of interaction is important because if people don't feel like they can ask questions, they're going to go the rest of their lives not knowing,” said Crowther.” If we can provide information someone didn't know, or that they find interesting now, they can come back later and find out more about it because they're comfortable talking to Marines.”



    Date Taken: 01.20.2017
    Date Posted: 02.15.2017 14:24
    Story ID: 223638
    Location: LITTLETON, CO, US

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