Marine Corps Reserve celebrates 100 years with a kick off in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – The Marine Corps Band New Orleans is rockin’ the house playing patriotic songs to not only wow the crowd, but bring to light the importance of the Marine Corps Reserve.

“They really make an impact on the American people to showcase what the Marine Corps have to offer, what we have to share,” says Greg Reeder with the Marine Corps Reserve.

The Reserve was founded in in 1916 when President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill authorizing a reserve force in support of combat missions in World War I.

The centennial celebration is highlighting the reserve’s accomplishments through history, paying homage to these brave men and women through music.

“We have been recognized in the united states for one of the best bands in the jazz community,” says Joel Cortes with the Marine Corp Band New Orleans.

46 active duty Marines make up the Marine Corps Band New Orleans.

Each year these musicians travel throughout the U.S. performing for more than six million people in more than 280 concerts, parades and ceremonies. And with stats like that, it makes sense to mark 100 years in the Big Easy.

“Marine Reserves headquarters is right here in New Orleans and we have a long history here,” says Reeder.