The Office of Veteran Affairs at Baton Rouge Community College will host a Toys for Tots toy drive and holiday concert featuring the 50-member Marine Forces Reserve Band, on Friday, December 7 at 6 p.m. in the Magnolia Theatre, Mid City, 201 Community College Drive. The event is open to the public and admission is a new, unwrapped toy.
The Marine Forces Reserve Band was established October 1, 1978 and stands as one of ten Marine Corps fleet bands. The unit is comprised of active duty Marines stationed aboard the Marine Corps Support Facility in New Orleans. The band is attached to Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North, traveling to numerous stateside locations to provide musical support for all units of the Fourth Marine Logistics Group, Fourth Marine Aircraft Wing, Fourth Marine Division, and Force Headquarters Group.
All members of the band are trained riflemen and fulfill Corps-wide physical fitness and combat training requirements, just like any other active duty Marines. The band is prepared to “Fight Tonight” and can be called upon to provide security, both domestically and overseas, by order of Marine Forces Reserve.
Functionally, Marine Forces Reserve Band performs over 350 concerts, parades, and ceremonies for more than 8 million people annually. The band has performed in many recognized events including The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (Houston, Texas), The Fiesta Days Celebration (San Antonio, Texas), The Pro Football Hall of Fame Parade and Enshrinement Ceremony (Canton, Ohio), Monday Night Football Kansas City vs. New England (Kansas City, Kansas), Fleet Week New York (New York, NY), Super Bowl XLVII (New Orleans), CMA Fest (Nashville, Tenn.), and various Mardi Gras parades and ceremonies.