Jan. 2, 2017 – This morning the Rose Parade steps off at 10 a.m. in Pasadena, California. Take special note of the man who will lead the 1st Marine Division Band. His name is Ben Becker and he is from Slinger.
According to the 1st Marine Division webpage, “Benjamin Becker enlisted in the Marine Corps in September of 1997 after graduating from Slinger High School in Slinger, Wisconsin. Upon completion of boot camp and combat training in February 1998, he was transferred to the School of Music Basic Course. After graduating from the School of Music in July 1998, he reported to the 2nd Marine Division Band in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina as a tuba instrumentalist. While stationed there he was promoted to the rank of Corporal in January 1999, and then to Sergeant in January of 2000.