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US Army Field Band

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November 13, 2022

3:00PM

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  • FREE, TICKETED EVENT
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Band History - 1946 to Present
Celebrating More Than Seventy-Five Years of Musical Excellence
   
The History of The United States Army Field Band
While musical excellence has always been its standard, The United States Army Field Band has not always been its name. Near the close of World War II, Chief Warrant Officer Chester E. Whiting returned from overseas duty to help organize the First Combat Infantry Band. Composed entirely of Soldiers with musical talents who had served in combat in all theaters of the war, the band began an immediate mission of bolstering support for their fellow Soldiers. Initially, the band toured for a year and a half performing in community outreach concerts that also supported the sale of War Bonds. Its success earned the band the unofficial title "The Million Dollar Band."
GEN Jacob Dever
In 1946, General Jacob Devers, commander of the Army Ground Forces, commissioned Chief Whiting to “organize a band that will carry into the grassroots of our country the story of our magnificent Army, its glorious traditions and achievements.” The First Combat Infantry Band became The Army Ground Forces Band, and performed in the nation’s capital and toured extensively around the United States. The Army Ground Forces became the Army Field Forces in 1948, and consequently the band’s name was changed to The United States Army Field Band in 1950.
History
Although these early years brought many name changes, the band's mission never wavered. The Musical Ambassadors of the Army maintain this mission by bringing the American Soldier and a diverse musical repertoire to local, national, and international audiences.
The Field Band continually demonstrates its ability to change in meeting operational challenges. The development of various performing components has enhanced the band's mission throughout the past seven decades.
History
As early as 1946, instrumentalists from the Musical Ambassadors doubled as the Glee Club, which soon earned the name the Soldiers’ Chorus. Witnessing one of their performances, Major General W. Preston Corderman remarked that the Chorus, “through its stirring musical renditions, is one of the most effective vehicles for bringing the U.S. Army closer to the American people.” In 1957, the Soldiers’ Chorus became a separate component of trained vocalists, performing both with and without the Concert Band in spreading the Army message.
The History of The United States Army Field Band
With the transformation of the American musical landscape in the 1960s, the unit created the Studio Band, a unique group tailored to meet the Army’s needs in reaching young people through high school performances with the Soldiers’ Chorus. As Colonel Hal Gibson recalled, “We made vast changes and our attendance figures soared.” Today, as the Jazz Ambassadors, they focus on jazz and take an active role in promoting the Army in the United States and abroad.
An emphasis on innovation sparked the 1981 formation of a component dedicated to high-energy popular music, the Volunteers. An early concentration on local commitments quickly broadened to include troop support, recruiting appearances, and school performances.
In 2013, members of the Volunteers began experimenting with acoustic instrumentation and new styles of music. Their developments were received with great enthusiasm on social media platforms and while playing for veterans around the nation. This led to the formation of The U.S. Army Field Band’s newest component. Since 2015, as ‘the most followed military band in the world”, the Six-String Soldiers have won the hearts and minds of millions of people across the globe with their infectious mix of Americana, bluegrass, and country music.
The varied and inspirational fashion in which The U.S. Army Field Band fulfills its mission sparked this comment from a fan in Durango, Colorado, which holds true for each of the band’s components throughout its history. “They remind us all that not only do we have one of the most colorful pasts of any nation in the world, but an exciting future.” The Concert Band and Soldier’s Chorus, The Jazz Ambassadors, and The Six-String Soldiers are proud to carry on their unit’s founding mission by thanking our veterans, and by bringing the story of the United States Army to people around the nation.

 


In 2021, The U.S. Army Field Band celebrated its 75th anniversary. Thousands of concerts after is establishment in 1946, The United States Army Field Band continues to connect America to its Army by telling the Army story and honoring our Soldiers and Veterans as the Musical Ambassadors of the Army.
We welcome alumni of the Field Band, as well as those of the First Combat Infantry Band and the Army Ground Forces Band as we celebrate our "Diamond Anniversary" of 75 years of service to our country. Continue reading to find articles, interviews, pictures, videos, and audio posted as we dig into our archives and connect with alumni to unveil more details of our storied organization.
As we continually find new gems hiding in our history, we hope our valued alumni can help us to uncover stories of your service to our organization. We also hope that you will drop us a line to let us know how to contact you as we plan alumni celebration events. We need your help in collecting anecdotes, images, interviews, and insight into our history to share with all of our extended Field Band family.

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