800 Hobson Way, Oxnard, CA 93030
The Oxnard Ambassadors are honored to host a free public performance of the
internationally acclaimed United States Marine Corps 1st Marine Division Band of
Camp Pendleton, CA at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center on Sunday, June 2nd,
2019 from 3:00pm until 4:30pm.
The Oxnard Ambassadors’ mission is to pledge to enhance the image of the City of
Oxnard by promoting the military, business and education community.
Tickets available at the:
St. John’s Hospital Gift Shop (1600 N. Rose Avenue),
American Cleaners (535 S. C Street) in Oxnard,
Oxnard Performing Arts Center Box Office
Oxnard Convention and Visitors’ Bureau
The 1st Marine Division Band, based out of Camp Pendleton, California, consists of 50
Marine musicians. While the primary mission of the 1st Marine Division Band is to
provide musical support for military parades and ceremonies, they remain versatile to
accommodate other needs. In addition to the Ceremonial Band and Concert Band, the
band forms smaller ensembles such as Big Band, Jazz Combo, Brass Quintet, and
Party Band. They perform at over 300 commitments a year, with highlights including the
State Funeral of President Ford, the Tournament of Roses Parades, Disneyland’s
Independence Day Concerts, and annual concerts at the California Center for the Arts,
Escondido. In 2007, the 1st Marine Division Band was awarded the “Colonel George S.
Howard Citation of Musical Excellence for Military Concert Bands” administered by the
John Philip Sousa Foundation.
The 1st Marine Division Band was organized during World War II in the Pacific Theater
of Operations in the early 1940’s. Since then, The 1st Marine Division Bandsmen have
drawn their rifles in support of several operations, including Desert Shield, Desert
Storm, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom I and II. The band was attached to
Headquarters Company, Regimental Combat Team 5 and deployed to Camp Fallujah,
Iraq from February 2006 to January 2007, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 05-07.
The band served in combat missions as a security platoon, with Marines serving as a
security force in Central Fallujah, a mobile security convoy, and a mobile security team
for an Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team. Marines of the 1st Marine Division Band
continue to serve as individual augments to I Marine Expeditionary Force, as we are still
in the fight on the War on Terror.
All Marine Corps Bands fulfill the objective of preserving the values that comprise the
unique and fundamental national strength and character of the United States. Whether
performing music or serving in a combat zone, the 1st Marine Division Band carries on
this esteemed tradition and remains the Pride of the Division.