A brief background of the BAF cover emblem. One of our early members, James Watt, served with the Quantico Band and performed at the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo in the 1980s. James an artist, painted a mural of the in one of the St. Mary’s College dorm hallways, when the Quantico band stayed there while performing at the tattoo in Halifax, NS. During our inaugural performance we walked past his painting daily on our way to the cafeteria for meals. James presented the idea for the BAF logo. He worked with other members of our organization to design an appropriate and meaningful logo for the Band of America’s Few.
The BAF logo displays our deep ties to the Marine Corps, with the eagle and anchor from the Marine Corp Seal. Headquarters Marine Corps granted us permission to use the Marine with the eagle, globe and anchor on our logo. This is quite an honor. The National Ensign and Marine Corps flags illustrate our deep commitment to service to our country and our Corps.
Our original cover emblems had the complete logo. They are beautifully detailed, including our full name spelled out in the border. They are large with detail that gets lost once you step back a few feet. Mostly they are fragile making them difficult to use. We were unable to obtain them again from the original source.
Our uniform manager began to design a new lighter design for the cover emblems. The idea was to be smaller and have a more interesting shape and have the general idea of our logo without cumbersome detail. About the time the ideas solidified, Greg Morin serendipitously joined BAF. He suggested we get in touch with his son, Jeff, (also a Marine veteran) who owns companies that supply challenge coins, pins, lanyards, awards, shirts, and signs. Jeff’s helped and us through the design process, explaining differences in finish options and willingly re-working design drawings with the goal of helping us get the look we wanted and still having the technical needs of the metal stamping considered.
“I’m quite pleased with the end result, and hope that the rest of the BAF members are as proud as I am to wear OUR cover emblems.” – Sharlotte DeVere, BAF Uniform Officer
Sharlotte DeVere served in the Marine Corps from 1982 – 1986. She was stationed at the FMFPac Band at Pearl Harbor and the Quantico Marine Band. She is an oboist and played, sax, flute, bells, and clarinet as well as oboe and English horn. Sharlotte still plays and is an active community musician and a member of two orchestras. She is a professional embroidery designer and needlework instructor with designs published in several national embroidery magazines. Sharlotte is the Uniform Officer for BAF and also serves as Band Manager on quite a few of our gigs.