MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT – The Marines are tuning up for this year's Christmas concert.
The Second Division Marine Aircraft Wing Band includes an officer and 50 enlisted Marines. They travel across the country to play at different events, but in 10 days they'll perform one of the largest events at Cherry Point.
Last year's concert drew more than 1,700 people and organizers expect even more this year.
The band's director says Christmas music is a challenging change of pace from the traditional marching music they play.
"Here we get to play some things that might be a little more refined. Marches are certainly refined but full concert literature, symphonic works, that might mean that we are going to be refined in other ways," said Warrant Officer 2 Robert Szabo.
The band has performed at more than 50,000 events in the past 70 years.
The Christmas concert takes place Friday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. in the base theater aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. Admission is free and open to the public.