Escondido CA— Camp Pendleton’s finest musicians will return to the California Center for the Arts, Escondido (the Center) the third week of February to entertain audiences during the 1st Marine Division Band Annual Concert. In this annual, free concert, the 1st Marine Division Band of Camp Pendleton regales audiences with their masterful renditions of everything from marches to movie themes. The program also features several soloists whose performances will showcase the incredible talent in the ranks of the 1st Marine Division Band. This year’s concert is especially meaningful as it is also the final performance of Gunnery Sergeant Tracy Martinez, who has conducted the concert for the last 5 years and participated from 2000-2002 as a saxophonist. Those that attend the concert each year will remember his enjoyable renditions of unexpected tunes—like last year’s tribute to Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner—as well as his superb conducting, and his retirement this year will make the performance even more memorable.
The band will perform Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 17 and 18, at 7 p.m. in the Center’s 1,500-seat Concert Hall. While admission is free, concertgoers will need to reserve their seats in advance due to the popularity of the show.
The 1st Marine Division Band consists of 50 Marine musicians. In May of 2015 the band travelled to Belleau, France to perform with their French counterparts at a Memorial Day ceremony held in honor of the 97th anniversary of the Battle of Belleau Wood. In 2007 and 2011, the band was awarded the “Colonel George S. Howard Citation of Musical Excellence for Military Concert Bands” administered by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. The band was also recognized as the Marine Corps Band of the Year in 2009. All Marine Corps Bands fulfill the objective of preserving the values that comprise the unique and fundamental national strength and character of the United States. Whether performing music or serving in a combat zone, the 1st Marine Division Band carries on this esteemed tradition and remains the Pride of the Division.
To reserve seats for the Feb. 17 or Feb. 18 shows, call the Box Office at (800) 988-4253 or visit www. artcenter.org. The Box Office is open from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Learn more about the 1st Marine Division Band and its history here.
About the Center
With a mission of bringing people together to discover, create and celebrate both the visual and performing arts, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido is the cultural center of North San Diego County.
The Center’s unique campus includes a 1,523-seat concert hall, a 404-seat theater, a contemporary art museum, art and dance studios, and a full-service conference center with meeting and banquet facilities. The Center also runs an extensive education program and produces free community events, such as our Jazz Jam Sessions, Music en la Plaza, Holiday Tree Lighting & Winter Wonderland Festival, Dia de los Muertos Festival, Independence Day Festival & Fireworks and First Wednesdays performances.
The Center is located at 340 N. Escondido Blvd. in Escondido. The Ticket Office can be reached at (800) 988-4253. Tickets can also be purchased online. To learn more, including performance dates, times and ticket information, visit www.artcenter.org.