Army Bands have a consistent structure and include a concert band, marching
band, jazz ensemble, brass quintet, woodwind quintet, and chorus by
regulation. In recent years, other types of ensembles have been included
to take account of local conditions, such as rock bands and other smaller
ensembles to serve the requirements of the command to which a particular
band is attached.|
Army Bands are professional units, trained and equipped to pursue and achieve the highest professional musical standards. This is true of all bands in the field as well as the special bands that may be more familiar to many.
I served for 25 years assigned to the following musical units in the United States Army Band system.
1. Active Duty: six years
1.1. 6th Army Band, Presidio, San Francisco
1.2. US Army Element, Naval School of Music
1.3. 298th Army Band, Berlin, Germany
1.4. 3rd Infantry Division Band, Wuerzburg, Germany
1.5. Army Communications Command Band, Ft. Huachuca, Arizona
2. Army National Guard: eight years.
2.1. 59th Army Band, California Army National Guard, Sacramento, CA,
3. US Army Reserve: 11 years
3.1. 312th Army Band, US Army Reserve, Lawrence, KS