MEOP

Serve our nation as an exemplary musician and elite warrior in the Musician Enlistment Option Program (MEOP).

A Calling Heard Around the World

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Members of each Marine Corps musical unit become part of a storied tradition, following in the footsteps of legendary Marine musicians like John Philip Sousa to jazz musician Ellis Marsalis who, for more than 200 years, have called themselves Marines.

If selected, you will have the opportunity to serve with one of the 10 renowned Marine Corps bands throughout the world, or “The Commandant's Own" Marine Drum & Bugle Corps in Washington DC.

Along with being instrumentalists and vocalists, Marine musicians who demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities will have the opportunity to apply for a diverse selection of leadership roles. Bandmasters, Small Ensemble Leaders, Enlisted Conductors, Drum Majors, and Instrument Repair Technicians are all positions filled by Marine musicians. Marine musicians can also apply to become Band Officers, who serve as the principal conductor and are ultimately responsible for the quality, morale and musical vision of the unit.

Members of each Marine Corps musical unit become part of a storied tradition, following in the footsteps of legendary Marine musicians like John Philip Sousa to jazz musician Ellis Marsalis who, for more than 200 years, have called themselves Marines.

If selected, you will have the opportunity to serve with one of the 10 renowned Marine Corps bands throughout the world, or “The Commandant's Own" Marine Drum & Bugle Corps in Washington DC.

Along with being instrumentalists and vocalists, Marine musicians who demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities will have the opportunity to apply for a diverse selection of leadership roles. Bandmasters, Small Ensemble Leaders, Enlisted Conductors, Drum Majors, and Instrument Repair Technicians are all positions filled by Marine musicians. Marine musicians can also apply to become Band Officers, who serve as the principal conductor and are ultimately responsible for the quality, morale and musical vision of the unit.

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Long form video highlighting options for serving as both a Marine and a musician through the Musician Enlistment Option Program.

A Band of the Highest Order

First, you must audition and qualify for a placement in the music program. Once you are qualified for enlistment, you will then be required to pass the Initial Strength Test (IST) and enter the Delayed Entry Program, during which, your recruiter will prepare you for recruit training.

 

You will then attend 13 weeks of recruit training at either Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island or Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. There you will learn to be as precise with a weapon as you are with an instrument. To earn the title, Marine, you will be required to meet the moral, physical and mental standards of the Corps, and learn the skills necessary to accomplish the mission when your nation calls.

 

Upon graduation, you will attend the Naval School of Music where you will receive advance musical training, both instrumental and academic, before being assigned to one of the Marine Corps bands.

 

Precision, accuracy, endurance and a commitment to mission accomplishment are some of the defining marks of our Corps as well as Marines serving as professional musicians. Could you be one of the few to perform with the elite? 

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    Perform Beyond Expectations

    The audition process is highly selective, ensuring our musicians will continue to successfully demonstrate to the world what it means to be a Marine. Musicians will be chosen on the basis of their performance during their audition, and your Marine Musician Placement Director will guide you through the process. 

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    Perform Beyond Expectations

    The audition process is highly selective, ensuring our musicians will continue to successfully demonstrate to the world what it means to be a Marine. Musicians will be chosen on the basis of their performance during their audition, and your Marine Musician Placement Director will guide you through the process. 

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    Audition Excerpts

    The first section of the audition is based upon your ability to perform excerpts selected to represent the musical styles common to Marine Corps concert performances. Classical, military marches, jazz, rock and pop are typically represented.

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    Audition Excerpts

    The first section of the audition is based upon your ability to perform excerpts selected to represent the musical styles common to Marine Corps concert performances. Classical, military marches, jazz, rock and pop are typically represented.

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    Scale Proficiency

    Your audition coordinator will ask you to perform a random sampling of major, natural minor, harmonic minor and melodic minor scales in all 12 keys. These should be performed in one, two and three octaves on your instrument. Rhythm instruments have slightly different stipulations, which your audition coordinator will discuss with you.

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    Scale Proficiency

    Your audition coordinator will ask you to perform a random sampling of major, natural minor, harmonic minor and melodic minor scales in all 12 keys. These should be performed in one, two and three octaves on your instrument. Rhythm instruments have slightly different stipulations, which your audition coordinator will discuss with you.

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    Sight Reading

    If you advance through the first two steps of the audition, your audition coordinator will ask you to participate in the sight-reading section of the process. It's common for our musicians to perform within one day after receiving new music, so your ability to sight read is taken into consideration when selecting applicants.

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    Sight Reading

    If you advance through the first two steps of the audition, your audition coordinator will ask you to participate in the sight-reading section of the process. It's common for our musicians to perform within one day after receiving new music, so your ability to sight read is taken into consideration when selecting applicants.

Take Your Music Further

Marine musicians perform throughout the continental United States and internationally – from Beijing to Sydney to Paris – serving as musical ambassadors of the United States Marine Corps.

USMC Band Locations: Quantico, VA • Cherry Point, NC • Camp Lejuene, NC • Parris Island, SC • New Orleans, LA • Camp Pendleton, CA • Miramar, CA • San Diego, CA • Kaneohe Bay, HI • Okinawa, Japan • Marine Barracks, Washington, DC

To learn more about serving your nation and sharing your musical talent with the world, speak with a Marine Recruiter.

Marine musicians perform throughout the continental United States and internationally – from Beijing to Sydney to Paris – serving as musical ambassadors of the United States Marine Corps.

USMC Band Locations: Quantico, VA • Cherry Point, NC • Camp Lejuene, NC • Parris Island, SC • New Orleans, LA • Camp Pendleton, CA • Miramar, CA • San Diego, CA • Kaneohe Bay, HI • Okinawa, Japan • Marine Barracks, Washington, DC

To learn more about serving your nation and sharing your musical talent with the world, speak with a Marine Recruiter.