At the University I'm at my band director is leaving after this semester, and today he gave out some CD's. I grabbed the President's Own CD called Feste. This is the first time I've heard them and they are damn near flawless. I knew they had to be GOOD but holy cow. My trumpet teacher knows someone who played trumpet in there but doesn't anymore. I expected them to be a little better than some world class corps but they are just way ahead of even that level of players. Does anyone know anything about what it takes to get in any Marine Corps bands? Not the presidents own, I don't think I'll be ready for that within the next 20 years haha. I figure the presidents own is the hardest ensemble to get in in the country, correct me if I am misinformed on this but it just seems logical since you represent our country and our leader. I am in Carolina Crown on second trumpet, this is my second year with them. So far I plan on marching with them one more summer after this coming one, and finishing my degree in music performance, then joining the Marine Corps and trying to get in a band there. I hear it's a great life and I'd be set for life. Does anyone have any advice on this or what I should expect? In other words, is EVERY Marine Corps band light years ahead of Crown? Or are some at the same level and I should be able to get into?