Happy Birthday, USMC

Today is the 236th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. Hard-core Marines (is there another kind?) might consider it heresy to create a jazz version of the Marine Corps Hymn. They would be wrong. A few months ago during a six-hour bus ride to a performance by the Marine Corps All-Star Jazz Band, Staff Sergeant Ken Ebo, the lead trombonist, wrote an arrangement of the hymn. The band is made up of the 18 best Marine jazz musicians. When they arrived to rehearse for their concert in Marquette, Michigan, they sight-read Sgt. Ebo’s brand new chart.

I hope that someday we can hear the extended version. The band’s tours are designed to increase awareness of the Marine Corps. They probably don’t need to tour Afghanistan.

For a memory of a special Marine friend, go to this Rifftides archive post.

Semper Fi

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  1. Mike Harris says

    Doug, your tribute to your Marine buddy is quite touching. I lucked out and got in there just between wars (U.S. Navy, 1955-57), but find it appalling now to see the way there is so much talk in Washington about cutting veterans benefits, in order to trim budgets. That seems like a really unjust way to to accomplish the necessary savings—today’s military volunteers put so much at risk in terms of life and limb, and so often lose their bets.