Marines name San Diego native musician of the year

By Cpl. Demetrius Morgan | 1st Marine Division

Staff Sgt. Alexander Jason Panos, a trombone player with the 1st Marine Division Band, was recognized as the Marine Corps Musician of the Year Award for 2015, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

Two Marine Corps musicians are recognized for superior skills and accomplishments annually. One of those Marines is a non-commissioned officer and the other a staff non-commissioned officer in a competitive field of world-class musicians. He will be awarded formally in a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in December.

Although this is Panos’ first time winning the award, it’s not the first time he has attempted to achieve the accolade.

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