Don Bedwell

Don Bedwell followed his two older brothers into the Corps, serving with the First Marine Division Band in the 1950s. He still plays trumpet in the Dixieland Band and concert bands in Cincinnati. This is his fourth article for Leatherneck.

Articles by this Author

A one-of-a-kind band of former Marine musicians looked forward to making its Stateside debut this year with a Memorial Day weekend concert at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Washington, D.C. Then a pair of unexpected obstacles left the Band of America's Few (BAF) not only unable to perform at the...
Donna Rathbone of Harrison, Ohio, listened enthralled as the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., band opened its concert at Kings High School, Kings Mill, Ohio, near Cincinnati, with a stirring rendition of "Esprit de Corps."
Marine Forces Reserve Band Refuses To Let Katrina Deter Its Mission After playing a patriotic concert in Wabash, Ind., 35 members of the Marine Forces Reserve Band from New Orleans were awaiting a flight home on Aug. 27, 2005, when the order reached them: Hurricane Katrina, a Category 4 menace, was...
Serving in a Marine band can be far more perilous than marching to the colors at a friendly base while playing "Semper Fidelis" or "The Marines' Hymn." Living up to the Corps' mantra of "every Marine a rifleman," trombonists, percussionists and clarinet players are trained to fight and to fight...