CLEVELAND -- The US Marine Corps Band New Orleans played a free concert at Jacobs Pavilion Friday night, with the Navy Band Great Lakes.
Cleveland is the group's fourth stop on a six-week tour celebrating the Bicentennial of 1812.
"It's a wonderful opportunity for us to make music together," said one serviceman.
Stationed at the Naval Support Activity Base in New Orleans, this is a difficult week for the Marines to be away from home.
In their home state, Hurricane Isaac inflicted widespread damage, conjuring up memories of Hurricane Katrina, seven years ago.
"Definitely. Being on the anniversary of Katrina, and me being a Katrina victim, it brought back a lot of personal emotions. But you have to put that aside," said Sergeant Michael Joseph, who joined the USMC after witnessing the heroics of the military in the aftermath of Katrina.
Sgt. Joseph, along with Staff Sgt. James Merville and Sgt. Randy Mayzak are among the servicemen with families who are all riding the storm, without power.
"I wish I could be there," said Sgt. Mayzak.
The men were finally able to get ahold of their families, and learn that everyone is okay. Fellow Marines at the base in New Orleans have helped check in on them.
The musicians in the Navy Band are supportive.
"Proactive as far as getting them in touch with their families," said Musician 3rd Class Jeff Keller.
They're focusing on the task at hand: the mission to inspire cities with patriotic music on this tour of duty.
"It has a personal feel to it. A sense of patriotism," said Sgt. Michael.