Warrant Officer Mark Pellon enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and began Recruit Training in October 2004 at Parris Island, South Carolina. Upon graduation from Recruit Training, he attended the Armed Forces School of Music Basic Course in Norfolk, Virginia.
Warrant Officer Pellon reported for duty in September 2015 to the Marine Forces Pacific Band and served as Principal Saxophonist in the Concert Band, Jazz Big Band, Brass Band, Marching Band, and Jazz Combo. Warrant Officer Pellon also served as a Vocalist for the Popular Music Group.
In September 2008, Warrant Officer Pellon attended the School of Music Intermediate Course. After graduation, he was sent to the 2nd Marine Division Band.
Upon reporting to the 2nd Marine Division Band in 2009, Warrant Officer Pellon was promoted to the rank of SSgt, from the below zone, and made the Acting Enlisted Conductor and Acting Small Ensemble leader. He also held the position of Training SNCO in charge (SNCOIC), Martial Arts Instructor, and Music Librarian. Warrant Officer Pellon would also be selected to the Marine Corps Jazz Orchestra; the Marine Corps top Jazz ensemble and would continue to perform with this group through 2016.
In September 2012 Warrant Officer Pellon was selected to attend the Senior Musicians Course; the Marine Corps most challenging music course. He graduated as the top Marine Musician in his class and received orders to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band.
Warrant Officer Pellon checked in to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band in June 2013 where he continued to serve as Principal Saxophonist as well as Woodwind Chief and Platoon Sergeant. He would be selected to the position of Enlisted Conductor in December of 2014.
In January 2015, Warrant Officer Pellon was selected to be the Musician Technical Assistant (MTA) for the 12th Marine Corps Recruiting District in San Diego, California. Upon completion of Recruiter’s School in March 2015, he traveled the west coast auditioning prospective applicants for the Marine Music Program as well as giving Music Master Classes at Universities and serving as guest clinician at a variety of music festivals. He served as the MTA until he was selected to be a Band Officer in September 2016.
Warrant Officer Pellon attended The Basic School from January to May 2017 and reported as the Officer in charge and Band Officer with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band, Miramar, California, in June 2017.
Warrant Officer Pellon’s awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2nd award), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3rd award), Good Conduct Medal (4th award), National Defense Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Sea Service Deployment ribbon, Rifle Expert (7th award) and pistol expert (5th award).