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Krewe of Rex Parade on Tuesday, February 13th. The Dixieland Band performing along the parade route.

Photo by Photo taken by Cpl Meggan Peel

Quantico Marine Corps Band strikes up some jazzy tunes at Mardi Gras

1 Mar 2018 | Valerie O'Berry/Editor Marine Corps Base Quantico

This year marked the first time that the Quantico Marine Corps Band performed in the famous Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans, Louisiana. The band participated in four parades spanning Feb. 9-13, including the most popular parade on Fat Tuesday, the Krewe of Rex Parade.

According to Bandmaster Master Sgt. David Wilson, it was quite the honor and adventure for the band to perform in such a prestigious event.

The band members represented the values of the Marine Corps every step of the way as they brought with them a familiar brass sound to New Orleans, one of the jazz, blues and rhythm capitals of the nation.

As each Marine kicked their heels up and marched in formation they were surrounded by enthusiastic fans along the way. Many spectators had never experienced Marines in uniform before and as a result the Quantico Marine Corps band performed a show the audience would never forget.

Jeremy Beale also contributed to this article.

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