MCO P1020.34F
MARINE CORPS UNIFORM REGULATIONS

CHAPTER 6: MUSICAL UNITS


SECTION 1: UNITED STATES MARINE BAND

6100. GENERAL
1. Except as prescribed in this chapter, uniforms worn by officers and enlisted musicians of the Marine Band will be as designated in chapter 2.

2. Officers of the Marine Band will possess uniforms and accessories prescribed in chapter 9, except that the white dress and utility uniforms are not required. They may also be furnished additional organizational clothing items as prescribed. (See table 6-1.)

3. Enlisted musicians of the Marine Band will maintain in good and serviceable condition, uniforms and accessories listed in the current edition of MCBul 10120, Individual Clothing Allowances for Enlisted Personnel, as well as additional items of organizational clothing as prescribed. (See tables 6-1 and 6-2.)

4. Organizational property allowances in tables 6-1 and 6-2 are the maximum amounts that may be issued, dependent upon duties to be performed. Lesser quantities may be issued as determined by the Director, U.S. Marine Band.

Figure 6-3 - Full Dress (Summer) (Asst. Directors/Staff Officers, U.S. Marine Band)Figure 6-2 - Full Dress (Director, U.S. Marine Band)6101. UNIFORM DESIGNATION (See figs. 6-2 through 9)
1. The uniforms shown in figures 6-2 and 6-3 are designated "full dress" for officers of the Marine Band.

2. The uniforms shown in figures 6-4 through 6-9 are designated "full dress" or "special full dress" for enlisted Marine Band musicians.
Figure 6-4 - Full Dress (Drum Major, U.S. Marine Band)Figure 6-6 - Full Dress (Summer) (Musician, U.S. Marine Band)Figure 6-9 - Special Full Dress (Musician, U.S. Marine Band)

6102. REGULATIONS FOR WEAR
1. Except as provided herein uniforms worn while performing musical duties will be prescribed by the Director, U.S. Marine Band. Uniforms designated in chapter 2 will be worn according to those regulations.

2. Band members will wear their awards according to regulations in chapter 5, except that on the full dress coat or jacket, large medals and ribbons are worn on a line midway between the first and second buttons. Medals are worn on the left and ribbons on the right of the front of the coat or jacket. Awards will not be worn on special full dress coats or jackets.

3. Drum majors will wear the baldric across the left shoulder and may wear gauntlets as necessary.

4. Wearing gloves is not mandatory while performing musical duties. When white gloves are prescribed, appropriate instrumentalists may wear sensitized gloves. White gloves may be prescribed with all uniforms.

5. Black shoes and black socks will be worn by male musicians with all dress uniforms.

6. The sword may be prescribed for officers and the drum major only.

7. Officers of the Marine Band will wear aiguillettes on the left side of the full dress coat. Both plaited cords will be worn in front of the arm. The single lay is worn under the arm. Aiguillettes will be attached to the shoulder knot with the loop suspended from the center top button of the coat.


6103. INSIGNIA
1. Officers of the Marine Band will wear appropriate insignia prescribed in paragraph 4005, except that on the full dress coat, embroidered insignia of grade will be attached to the shoulder knots.

2. Insignia for Marine Band musicians will contain the musical lyre (See fig. 6-1). Insignia will be worn in the same manner Figure 6-1 - Marine Band Enlisted Grade Insignia prescribed for equivalent enlisted grade insignia in chapter 4. On special full dress coats or jackets, branch of service insignia, grade insignia, and service stripes will not be worn. Musicians will not wear grade insignia or service stripes on full dress coats or jackets; however, drum majors, the operations chief and assistant operations chief will wear grade insignia. Insignia of grade will be worn on the blue all-weather coat in the same manner as worn on the standard gray all-weather coat. Enlisted musicians will wear the black metal/plastic grade insignia.


SECTION 2: REGULAR ESTABLISHMENT

6200. GENERAL

1. Regular establishment musical units include the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps and all field bands/drum and bugle corps. Except as otherwise prescribed in this chapter, uniforms worn by officers and enlisted members assigned to musical units will be as designated in chapter 2.

2. Officers will possess uniforms prescribed in chapter 9. Enlisted members will possess uniforms and accessories prescribed in the Minimum Requirements List, and in addition are authorized the dress blue supplementary clothing allowances listed in MCBul 10120, Individual Clothing Allowances for Enlisted Personnel.

3. Except as provided herein:

a. Uniforms worn while performing musical duties will be as designated in chapter 2 and will be prescribed by the commander.

b. Appropriate insignia will be worn on all uniforms according to chapter 4.

c. Personnel will wear their awards according to chapter 5.


6201. U.S. MARINE DRUM AND BUGLE CORPS (See figs. 6-10 and 6-11.)
1. In addition to those items listed in subparagraph 6202.1, items of organizational clothing/equipment as prescribed herein may be worn by members of the U.S. Figure 6-11 - Full Dress (Summer) (Musician, U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps)Figure 6-10 - Full Dress (Musician, U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps) Marine Drum and Bugle Corps.

2. A full dress uniform consisting of a scarlet coat, frame cap with white vinyl crown, blue or white trousers/slacks, and high gloss dress shoes may be worn. Blue or white trousers/slacks will be prescribed dependent upon climatic conditions.

3. Blue all-weather coats are authorized for members of the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps.

4. Medals will be worn on the scarlet coat as prescribed for full dress coats for U.S. Marine Band musicians.

5. Insignia of grade and service stripes will not be worn on the scarlet coat, except that grade insignia will be worn on the drum major's scarlet coat.

6. The scarlet and gold breastcord will be worn when and as prescribed by the commander, except that it will not be worn on the utility uniform.

7. The director's waistplate will be worn by the director, assistant director, and drum major only.


6202. ORGANIZATIONAL CLOTHING/EQUIPMENT
1. The following items of organizational clothing/equipment may be worn with uniforms of musical units' members while performing musical duties:

a. Anodized brass items (i.e., buttons, cap/collar devices, and waistplates)

b. Baldric

c. Drum Sling (Harness)

d. Gauntlets (D&B, some band members)

e. Gloves, white, sensitized (bands)

f. Honor guard equipment

g. Music pouch, with cover/sling (bands)

*h. Shoe, men's, black high gloss, dress

*i. Shoe, woman's, black high gloss, oxford

*j. Shoe, woman's, black high gloss, pump

k. Skirt, woman's (floor length), dark blue

l. Slacks, woman's, white, ceremonial

m. Trousers, man's, white, ceremonial

*These items may be procured from Marine Corps exchanges or commercial sources.

2. To allow removal of anodized buttons prior to cleaning blue coats, musical units are authorized to buttonhole enlisted blue coats at the command's expense.

3. Organizational clothing/equipment other than authorized above will not be worn with musical unit uniforms unless specifically authorized by the CMC.


6203. REGULATIONS FOR WEAR
1. Except for the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, blue dress "A"/"B" or blue-white dress "A"/"B" should normally be prescribed for off-station functions. When the band is performing in the blue dress uniform, and in a concert setting, it is appropriate for the conductors to wear the evening dress uniform. The musical unit officer will determine which uniform is most appropriate dependent upon the nature of the function.

2. The white military police belt may be prescribed with all service uniforms. Except when prescribed by the commander for wear during Honor Guard ceremonies, the white military police belt will not be worn with blue dress/blue-white dress uniforms. Commanders may prescribe the wear of the olive drab pistol/cartridge belts with the utility uniform by musicians during the performance of musical duties.

3. The dress cap will be worn with dress blue or blue-white uniforms only. The service cap or garrison cap will be worn with service uniforms. Organizational or nonregulation headgear will not be worn.

4. Gauntlets will be worn by drum and bugle corps members and may be worn by band drum majors and drummers.

5. Wearing gloves is not mandatory while performing musical duties; however, white gloves may be prescribed with all uniforms except the utility uniform. When white gloves are prescribed, woodwind instrumentalists may wear
sensitized gloves.

6. Band members may wear the music pouch with cover and sling with all uniforms.

7. The sword may be prescribed for band officers and, when approved by the commander, for drum majors. Drum majors may wear the sword with the blue or blue-white dress "A" and "B" uniforms only. When worn, the sword will remain in the scabbard at all times.

8. Musical units that require the women's floor length dark blue skirt will submit a completed measurement form (DD Form 1111) and a funded document (DD From 1348) citing O&M funds, with Routing Identifier Code MAU to the Commanding General (855), MCLB, Albany, GA 31704.  The floor length sky blue and white split skirts are authorized for wear by members of the Marine Band in lieu of the floor length sky blue and white skirts.

9. Unless authorized herein, modifying designated uniforms is prohibited.