One of our greatest traditions is celebrating the Marine Corps Birthday. This year is special for the Band of America’s Few. A brass quintet augmented with percussion will support our active duty brothers and sisters from the Marine Detachment, Navy School of Music. Our participation in this event is a true honor.
The occasion brings a fitting closure to our 2014 performances. Earlier this year, we created a slogan that represents the BAF ethos. Remembering the Past; Forging the Future. At that time we had no idea we would perform at Tattoo Estes along side the 1st Marine Division Band; nor could we predict that we would perform for the future of Marine Music at a birthday ball.
REMEMBERING THE PAST; FORGING THE FUTURE
The tradition of the Marine Corps Birthday Celebration is published in 1921 by Commandant John A. Lejeunne. Every year we honor this tradition and read the message as follows.
Marine Corps Order No. 47 (Series 1921)
(1) On November 10, 1775, a Corps of Marines was created by a resolution of Continental Congress. Since that date many thousand men have borne the name “Marine”. In memory of them it is fitting that we who are Marines should commemorate the birthday of our corps by calling to mind the glories of its long and illustrious history.
(2) The record of our corps is one which will bear comparison with that of the most famous military organizations in the world’s history. During 90 of the 146 years of its existence the Marine Corps has been in action against the Nation’s foes. From the Battle of Trenton to the Argonne, Marines have won foremost honors in war, and in the long eras of tranquility at home, generation after generation of Marines have grown gray in war in both hemispheres and in every corner of the seven seas, that our country and its citizens might enjoy peace and security.
(3) In every battle and skirmish since the birth of our corps, Marines have acquitted themselves with the greatest distinction, winning new honors on each occasion until the term “Marine” has come to signify all that is highest in military efficiency and soldierly virtue.
(4) This high name of distinction and soldierly repute we who are Marines today have received from those who preceded us in the corps. With it we have also received from them the eternal spirit which has animated our corps from generation to generation and has been the distinguishing mark of the Marines in every age. So long as that spirit continues to flourish Marines will be found equal to every emergency in the future as they have been in the past, and the men of our Nation will regard us as worthy successors to the long line of illustrious men who have served as “Soldiers of the Sea” since the founding of the Corps. JOHN A. LEJEUNE, Major General Commandant.
Another Marine Corps Birthday tradition is the cake-cutting ceremony. This ceremony takes place regardless of location. The cake is traditionally cut with a sword, as a reminder that we are a band of warriors, committed to carrying the sword, so that our nation may live in peace. It is customary to present the first piece of cake to the guest of honor. This year’s guest of honor for the MARDET’s ceremony is our own Director, Matthew Farquhar. The second piece of cake is given to the oldest Marine present who then passes the cake to the youngest Marine.
A message from General Dunford, Commandant of the Marine Corps.