Basic Training (Marine Corps Recruit Depot - San Diego, CA):
Boot camp necessary to become a Marine. (13 weeks)
Combat Training (School of Infantry, Camp Pendleton - San Diego, CA):
Weapons and field training following basic training. (4 weeks)
Armed Forces School of Music (Naval Amphibious Base - Norfolk, VA):
As part of the Marine detachment, trained in a combination of a military and college environment to be in
the Marine Corps field bands as a trombonist. Graduated in the accelerated graduation program, a
program designed to allow soldiers/sailors/Marines who performed well on the entry test and playing
audition to work at their own (faster) pace on the required coursework in order to graduate early.
III Marine Expeditionary Force Band (Camp Foster - Okinawa, Japan):
Served as the principal trombonist and music librarian, and continued military training. (2 years)
Marine Band San Diego (Marine Corps Recruit Depot - San Diego, CA):
Served as the principal trombonist and music library non-commissioned officer-in-charge (involved
cataloging, organizing, handling several requests per day, etc.), and continued military training. I also served
as a fire team leader in the platoon. Had the opportunity to arrange music for the LA Scots Pipe Band.
Marine Corps All-Star Jazz Band (Various Locations):
1 of 18 Marines in the Marine band field chosen by the head band officer at the pentagon to participate in
16-day tours around the country (once annually) for recruiting purposes. The band is audition-based.
Selected in 2010, 2011, and 2012.