October 13, 2012

The Quantico Marine Corps Concert Band: Ligonier (PA) Days 2012




The regular meeting of the Beanery Writers Group* was cancelled because October 12, 2012, was the first day of Fort Ligonier Days.

The annual three-day Ligonier, Pennsylvania, festival, held the second full weekend in October, commemorates the Battle of Fort Ligonier.

The French and Indian War battle, which occurred on October 12, 1758, was a key engagement of the French and Indian War.

After a Friday afternoon of strolling through the many craft and food booths set up for the festival, my husband Monte and I attended the Quantico Marine Corps Concert Band performance held at the Ligonier Valley High School.

I wondered if it was permissible to shoot photographs during the concert, so I approached a Marine with my inquiry. I noted that this enlisted man had a camera. He happened to be the Marine photographer.

I admitted my technical road block on setting cameras and as he set my camera for shooting without flash in dark places he informed me that something like three minutes of Internet tutorial would answer all my questions. And perhaps a photography society.

“You don’t know how electronically and technically challenged I am,” I told him. “Just ask the leaders of the photography clubs I’ve belonged to.”

We sat about four rows back from the front of the stage. My pictures without flash turned out somewhat OK. Not good, but OK.

I won’t tell you how many I had to delete.

The Quantico Marine Corps Band, established in 1918, is one of the oldest professional musical ensembles in the Marine Corps. Under the operational control of the Base Commander, Marine Corps Base, Quantico, VA, the unit is comprised of combat-trained active duty Marines who, upon completion of demanding military and musical training, are selected to perform as musical ambassadors of America’s premier military force.

The Band is comprised of a ceremonial band and concert band equipped to provide musical support as directed by the Commandant of the Marine Corps and the Commander of Marine Corps Base, Quantico. In addition, the band maintains a number of small ensembles, including a brass quintet, woodwind quintet, rock/show band, party band, and jazz combo.1

The program included The Gallant Seventh, Solid Men to the Front, Semper Fidelis and The Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip souse; Olympic Fanfare and Theme, Midway March and Liberty Fanfare by John Williams; Trumpeter’s Lullaby by Leary Anderson; Georgia On My Mind by Hoagy Carmichael; That’s Entertainment by Archibald, and Armed Forces Medley by Thomas Knox.

The band played again Saturday in the parade, and yet again on the Ligonier Diamond. Each performance was met with enthusiasm by the listeners. The concertgoers enjoyed two encores.

Monte and I thoroughly enjoyed the performance and look forward to attending future performances. Perhaps next year I will be able to do better shooting of the band. It deserves it.


 *The Beanery Writers Group meets the second and fourth Fridays (except the first Friday in October and the second Friday in November and December) at the Coffee Bean Café on Rt. 30 in Latrobe. For information click on



Ligonier (PA) Days 2012 Pt. 1 0f 2:

Ligonier (PA) Days: The Parade 2012 – Pt. 2 0f 2

From Ligonier to Ligonier: Part I


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