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Stars & Stripes Explosion

Mike Hilton
(757) 615-9833

Stars & Stripes Explosion Welcomes

the Quantico Marine Corps Band

to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront


Virginia Beach, Virginia – Multiple live performances on oceanfront stages will attract thousands of visitors and residents of Virginia Beach to a “star-spangled” salute to this great country of ours at Stars & Stripes Explosion on Tuesday, July 4, 2017.

At our main stage on the beach at 24th Street, we are delighted to welcome the Quantico Marine Corps Band Rock Band and Concert Band to our stage on the beach beginning at 6:30pm. Established in 1918, the Quantico Marine Corps Band is one of the oldest professional musical ensembles in the Marine Corps.  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. With an authorized strength of one officer and 50 enlisted Marines, the band has performed at many recognized civilian events; including the Super Bowl XLI Pregame Show, the 9/11 Memorials at Carnegie Hall and the Town Arts Theatre, Times Square, the Macy’s Thanksgiving and Columbus Day Parades in New York City, numerous consecutive appearances at The Virginia International Tattoo, and the Opening Ceremony for the National Museum of the Marine Corps. The band has also performed at the Winter Garden of the World Financial Center overlooking Ground Zero. The band’s mission is to provide musical support that will encourage community relations, enhance troop morale, and promote the Marine Corps recruiting program through its demanding performance schedule. As well as musical support, the members of the band also fulfill their duties as Marine Riflemen. In support of the War in Iraq, 17 members of the band were attached to Task Force National Capitol Region and deployed conducting combat operations. These Marines returned to the band in June 2008.

The Quantico Marine Corps Band has received numerous military and civilian citations, letters of commendation and letters of appreciation. The group entertains audiences performing classic to contemporary pieces at more than 350 performances annually across the Eastern Seaboard, covering more than 50,000 miles.

All concerts are free and open to the public.

Entertainment Schedule:

Dairy Queen Grill & Chill 17th Street Park:

7:00pm-10:00pm, Chester B's Motown Review

24th Street Stage on the Beach:

6:30pm-7:45pm, Quantico Marine Corps Band (Rock Band)

8:15pm-9:30pm, Quantico Marine Corps Band (Concert Band)

FIREWORKS at 9:30pm:

31st Street Park

7:00pm-11:00pm, The Deloreans

For more information on the Stars & Stripes Explosion and all that is happening on BeachStreetUSA, visit or call 757-385-SURF (7873).

Thank you to our 2017 Stars & Stripes Explosion sponsors: Coca-Cola, 7-11, the Oceanfront Inn, Ocean Storage, and the City of Virginia Beach.  Stars & Stripes Explosion is produced by IMGoing.

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