The Marine Forces Reserve Band to Perform at Stafford Centre
On Sunday, February 26, The Marine Forces Reserve Band will perform a live concert at the Stafford Centre in Sugar Land, Texas. The concert is presented by McLemore Detachment No. 324 of the Marine Corps League, a local League with nearly 76,000 male and female members who are officers and enlisted, active duty, Reserve Marines, honorably discharged Marine Veterans, qualified FMF Corpsmen and FMF Navy Chaplains.
The concert will begin at 3:00 PM and admission is free. All are invited to attend this patriotic celebration of music.
About the Marine Forces Reserve Band
Marine Forces Reserve Band was established October 1, 1978. Under the operational control of the Commanding General, Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North, the unit is comprised of active duty Marines stationed aboard the Marine Corps Support Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana. The band supports all units of the Fourth Marine Logistics Group, Fourth Marine Aircraft Wing, Fourth Marine Division, and Force Headquarters Group. Additionally, these Marines are often called upon to perform in support of Marine Corps Recruiting Command initiatives and community relations programs.
Each year, the musicians of the band travel throughout the United States entertaining upwards of 6 million people as they perform in over 280 concerts, parades, and ceremonies. The members of the band are all basically trained riflemen, fulfill all annual Marine Corps physical and combat fitness requirements, participate in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, and, when directed by the Commanding General, can serve as part of a security element in conflicts and exercises around the globe.
With an authorized strength of 50 active duty Marines, the band has performed in many recognized events including the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (Houston, Texas), the Fiesta Days Celebration (San Antonio, Texas), the Pro Football Hall of Fame Parade and Enshrinement Ceremony (Canton, Ohio), Fleet Week New York (New York, New York), Super Bowl XLVII (New Orleans, Louisiana), performances in Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City, Missouri), and most recently, the 2018 Country Music Awards Festival (Nashville, Tennessee). In addition, they performed several times with the Royal Canadian Navy Band in Alberta, Canada, and a premiere concert performance in Alberta.
About Marine Corps League, McLemore Detachment No. 324
The Marine Corps League perpetuates the traditions and spirit of ALL Marine and Navy FMF Corpsmen and Chaplains, who proudly wear or have worn the eagle, globe and anchor of the Corps. It takes great pride in crediting its founding in 1923 to World War I hero, then Major General Commandant John A. Lejeune. It takes equal pride in its Congressional Charter, approved by An Act of the Seventy-Fifth Congress of the United States of America and signed and approved by Franklin D. Roosevelt on August 4, 1937.
The League is the only Congressionally Chartered Marine Corps related veterans organization in the country. Since its earliest days, the Marine Corps League has enjoyed the support and encouragement of the active duty and Reserve establishments of the U.S. Marine Corps. Today, the League boasts a membership of approximately 76,000 men and women, officers and enlisted, active duty, Reserve Marines, honorably discharged Marine Veterans, qualified FMF Corpsmen and FMF Navy Chaplains and is one of the few veterans organizations that experiences increases in its membership each year.
For more information about the McLemore Marines, please visit their website at mclemoremarines.org.
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