Marine Corps Forces Pacific Band launches Guest Artist Series online

A partnership with local artists to raise the community's spirits through music

In an effort to promote a sense of community among friends and neighbors around Hawaii and across the country, the Marine Corps Forces Pacific Band is teaming up with local artists to launch its Guest Artist Series online. The series is an opportunity to connect with local musicians to collaborate through the universal language of music and technology to create one voice from many.

Several events across Oahu that the community looks forward to each year have been canceled. These include parades, concerts in the park, music education outreach programs with local schools, and formal ceremonies and other official functions for our active duty service members, local veterans, and their families. It’s part of the reason the Marine Corps Forces Pacific Band decided to launch the new series.

Steve Talbot and Will Pierce are just two of the members of the Marine Corps Forces Pacific Band. They say there’s something undeniably communal about music, and that marines have always felt a pride in belonging to something bigger than themselves. As marine musicians, they also feel a very strong and real connection to their local community.

“There’s nothing we love more than celebrating, remembering, honoring, and respecting them through our performances,” says Pierce. “As we observe the same restrictions as our friends and neighbors across the island, we’ve been inspired to promote that sense of community, collaboration, and connection.”

The ancient Greek philosopher Plato said: “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything,” and the Marine Corps Forces Pacific Band wants to share the precious gift of music with everyone they can.

Over the next few weeks, the band will be featuring pianist and singer/song-writer Amiee Nolte, Don Palmire of the Royal Hawaiian Band, The “Wild Hawaiian” Henry Kapono, latin sensation Eddie Ortiz of Son Caribe, and many others!

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