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Attendees are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toy donations to Saturday, Dec. 9 performance

NEW ORLEANS – (Nov. 15, 2017) –The Marine Corps Band New Orleans, along with Chevron and the Saenger Theatre would like to extend an invitation to all kids “1 to 92” to the annual “Santa Meets Sousa” Holiday Concert on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m., at the Saenger Theatre.

The holiday performance is open to the public; however, the donation of a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots is appreciated. While admission is free, all seating is reserved and requires an event ticket, which will be available at the Saenger Theatre box office (1111 Canal Street, New Orleans) or by calling (504) 287-0351 beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 8 through the show.

Toy donations will be distributed by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program during the holidays to greater New Orleans children in need. Toys, including stuffed toys, must be new and in original packaging.

“We are honored to partner once again with the Marines and Chevron for such an amazing cause,” said David Skinner, general manager for the Saenger Theatre. “We invite all families to enjoy an evening of holiday music benefitting the children of our community and we look forward to continuing this tradition for many years.”

“Chevron is proud to partner with The Marine Corps Reserve and the Saenger Theatre for this holiday celebration while helping the children of our community,” said Leah Brown, public affairs manager for Chevron Gulf of Mexico. “We invite everyone to join us for an evening of holiday cheer and encourage everyone to bring toy donations on the day of the show to spread joy to our local children.”

Additional donations for Toys for Tots will be accepted until Dec. 25 throughout the greater New Orleans area. Click here for a list of drop-off locations in New Orleans.

The Marine Corps Band New Orleans entertains audiences at more than 200 performances each year. Led by Chief Warrant Officer 2 DeMarius D. Jackson, the band is comprised of 51 fully-trained active duty Marines that truly embody the phrase ‘Marine Musician.’ This is the 12th year the Marine Corps Band New Orleans has performed the Holiday Concert production tour benefitting Toys for Tots. The Marine Corps Band New Orleans carries on the tradition of excellence that the Marine Corps is known for worldwide.

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Marine Corps Band New Orleans

Marine Corps Band New Orleans was established October 1, 1978. Under the operational control of the Commanding General, Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North, the unit is comprised of active duty Marines stationed aboard the Marine Corps Support Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana. The band supports all units of the Fourth Marine Logistics Group, Fourth Marine Aircraft Wing, Fourth Marine Division, and Force Headquarters Group. Additionally, these Marines are often called upon to perform in support of Marine Corps Recruiting Command initiatives and community relations programs. Each year the musicians of the band travel throughout the United States entertaining over 6 million people as they perform in more than 280 concerts, parades, and ceremonies. With an authorized strength of 50 active duty Marines, the band has performed in many recognized events and is proud to be located in the historically and culturally significant city of New Orleans. Visit or


Chevron Corporation is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies. The company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemicals and additives; generates power and produces geothermal energy; and develops and deploys technologies that enhance business value in every aspect of the company’s operations. More information about Chevron is available at

Saenger Theatre

Originally built in 1927, the Saenger Theatre was designed to reflect a magnificent 15th century Italian courtyard and gardens, with a starlit evening sky ceiling, arched surroundings, statuary, columns and decorative moldings. In January 2012, the City of New Orleans, Canal Street Development Corporation (CSDC) and ACE Theatrical Group formed a public-private partnership to carry out a $52 million restoration project after the iconic theatre was severely damaged during Hurricane Katrina. The Saenger Theatre reopened in the fall of 2013, authentically restored to the finest level of detail, with state-of-the-art technological improvements and updated first-class amenities. The theatre hosts a wide variety of performing arts attractions including live theater, comedy shows and musical acts. The Saenger Theatre is located at the corner of Canal and North Rampart streets in downtown New Orleans and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Visit for more information.


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