III MEF Band and JGSDF Band host the 25th Annual Combined Concert

November 19, 2020

Amidst COVID-19 mitigations, the concert was hosted in continuation of the strengthening bond between the bands. In previous years, the concert has been held in different venues across Okinawa. This year the concert was recorded to provide a virtual concert due to COVID-19 mitigations within the local and U.S. Military communities. The concert will be debuted online within the coming weeks. “We play a combined concert every year with the 15th Brigade Band,” said Staff Sgt. Ryan San Juan, a Hialeah, Florida, native and a clarinetist with the III MEF Band. “Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we can’t have an audience in person.” Due to the current COVID-19 environment, each band had to adjust to the new guidelines…
U.S. Marines with the III Marine Expeditionary Force Band and members with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force 15th Brigade Band perform together during the 25th Annual Combined Concert at Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 17.