The Band of America’s Few is a veteran run nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Created in 2009, this unique band, one whose ranks are filled with retired and honorably discharged Marine Corps Musicians. Though no longer carrying an instrument in one hand and a rifle in the other, our members have continued their service to our country by taking on jobs such as teacher, nurse, police officer, and firefighter. Some are business owners and job creators. Others are truck drivers delivering essential goods across America. There are those who stay at home to take care of family; many volunteer. Their common bond? All have earned the title United States Marine and all have been a part of the active duty Marine Music Program.

Our membership is several hundred strong and ranges in age from our mid-20’s into our 60’s. What makes us truly remarkable is that we do not have a “home”, and no regular rehearsal location. The geographical location of our members creates a bit of a challenge requiring the utmost professionalism expected of Marines to overcome. We travel from all over the country to a gig location, many of us meeting each other for the first time. After a day or two of practice, we perform at events such as patriotic concerts, parades, or military tattoos.


To be the premier performing association for Veteran Marine Corps musicians, preserving and enhancing the time-honored traditions of military musicians, using representative music to inspire and instill patriotism.


To preserve and advance the musical culture of the United States Marine Corps and United States military bands through exemplary performance, patriotic and community enriching service work, and shared camaraderie.

Board of Directors

Matthew Farquhar – Chair
Shannon Vanoss – Board Member
Mike Ferrara – Board Member
David Vita – Board Member
Thomas Mueller – Board Member
Bill Salter – Board Member
Michael Paquette – Board Member
John Glancy – Legal Counsel

Leadership Structure

I. Chief Executive Officer (CEO – Executive President) – Matthew Farquhar
A. BAF Secretary (Vice President) – Carrie Heavrin
B. Creative Director (Vice President) – David Vita
C. Music Library (Officer) - Carrie Heavrin
D. Drill Master (Officer) - Vacant

II. Chief Operations Officer: (COO- President: Current OPS) – Thomas Mueller
A. Operations Director (Vice President) – LaShay Woods
B. Human Resources (Vice President) – Amie Hellhake

III. Chief Financial Officer (CFO- President) – Mike Paquette
A. Comptroller (Vice President) –
B. Treasurer (Vice President) – Mike Ferrara
C. Grant Writer (Vice President)- Bob Kleinschmidt
D. Logistics Director (Vice President) – Vince DeMarro
E. Wardrobe/Uniform Officer (Officer) – Sharlotte DeVere
F. H&R Block Fundraising Coordinator (Officer) – Wayne Swann

IV. Corporate Communications Director (CCD – President: Future OPS) – Robert Orr
A. Public Relations (Vice President)- Dave Haskill
B. Webmaster and IT Director (Vice President) – Robert Pfluger