USMC announces leadership opportunity for Southern States musicians

Three-day all expenses paid trip for select juniors and seniors

The US Scholastic Band Association is proud to announce an exclusive opportunity for young musicians to earn a position at the United States Marine Corps annual Musician’s Leadership Seminar to be held in Parris Island, S.C., from May 9-13. 

USSBA high school musicians from across the Southeast are invited to apply for this prestigious opportunity. They will benefit from working alongside some of the best musicians in the Marine Corps Music Program while learning more about themselves and options for their future. 

The Marine Corps is funding this three day, all expenses paid experience for 24 aspiring junior and senior high school musicians in the southeast region. 

Gunnery Sgt. Deborah Hamner, musician placement director for the 6th Marine Corps District, said of the Musician’s Leadership Seminar, “In addition to the priceless leadership enhancement, music education and rehearsal experience, the seminar culminates with a once in a lifetime opportunity to perform with the Parris Island Marine Band at Forsythe Park in Savannah, Ga.” 

The application package requirements include: 

  • An electronic recording of a grade four or higher solo at least one minute in length, not to exceed two minutes in length, and is performed by the High School musician.
  • A letter of recommendation from their band director 

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Additionally, eight band directors will be selected to attend the all expenses paid Musician’s Leadership Seminar. The Directors Track will include conducting techniques, instrument repair classes and the opportunity to participate alongside the young musicians during some of their activities. 

We encourage band directors to share this unique opportunity with their students as soon as possible to provide an adequate amount of time to properly prepare and submit their application package.   

For more details, contact Gunnery Sgt. Deborah Hamner at or by calling (843) 298-1944.


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