The U.S. Army Concert Band (2023)

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The U.S. Army Concert Band

Headquartered in Washington, DC, The U.S. Army Concert Band has performed in concert venues such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Hollywood Bowl. The ensemble participates in ongoing, educational outreach and often appears at national and international music events.

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Apply by: November 21

Audition date(s): December 5 - December 6

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Upcoming Events


This is Halloween!

Friday / Oct 28 / 8 pm
Dodd Auditorium, University of Mary Washington | Fredericksburg, VA

University of Mary Washington presents The U.S. Army Concert Band with an evening of Halloween-themed gems to get you ready for the wicked weekend. Free and open to the public. NO TIX.

Pershing's Own Salute to Veterans

Thursday / Nov 10 / 7:30 pm
Hylton Performing Arts Center | Manassas, VA

The U.S. Army Band presents a patriotic Salute to Veterans on the eve of Veterans Day. This performance is sponsored by the Veterans and the Arts Initiative at Hylton Performing Arts Center. FREE TIX from HPAC.

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The U.S. Army Concert Band (7)

MSG Robert Aughtry

Section Leader
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MSG Robert Aughtry

Gaffney, NC

Group: The U.S. Army Concert Band

Joined the Band: 2000

Alum: University of South Carolina / University of South Carolina / Louisiana State University

Flutist Master Sergeant Robert Aughtry joined The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" in 2000 after completing coursework for a Doctorate of Music Arts in Flute Performance (ABD) from the Louisiana State University. A native of Gaffney, South Carolina, he holds a Master of Music in Flute Performance and a Bachelor of Music degree, emphasis in Music Education with a Performance Certificate from the University of South Carolina. Aughtry currently serves as flutist with the Concert Band and Orchestra. In December of 2016, he was named to be the flutist of The U.S. Army Band Woodwind Quintet and currently serves as the Woodwind Quintet Group Leader.Aughtry is active in the DC metropolitan area as an adjudicator, clinician, recording artist and teacher. He was a featured performer on a memorial concert at the 2011 National Flute Association convention in Charlotte, NC and has performed at Clarinetfest in Atlanta and in Ostend, Belgium. He has been a featured soloist with the Army Concert Band and with the Army Orchestra many times during his 22-year career. In 2012, he performed with MSG(r) Barbara Vigil in a piccolo duet on the Concert Band tour of China. He is the Director of Handbell Choirs at his Church in Burke, VA, where he conducts three choirs of handbells from elementary age through adult. He and his partner, Andrew, live in Reston.

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The U.S. Army Concert Band (11)

SGM Amanda Jury

Principal
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SGM Amanda Jury

Belmont, MA

Group: The U.S. Army Concert Band

Joined the Band: 2000

Alum: Boston University / New England Conservatory of Music

SGM Amanda Jury, originally from Belmont, MA has been a member of “Pershing’s Own” since 2000. After beginning her career as the English Horn player, she became the principal oboist of the band in 2008. Over the years, Jury has been a featured soloist, most notably at the International Double Reed Society Grande Finale Concert in 2003 and Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center in 2010. As an active freelance musician in the community, Jury has performed with numerous ensembles including the Boston Symphony, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, the National Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra, the New World Symphony as one of their finalists, and held the position of second oboe with the Annapolis Symphony from 1999-2014.Jury received a full scholarship to attend Boston University as a dean scholar, where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree and received a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. She has attended numerous summer festivals including the National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestra Institute, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and the Tanglewood Music Center where she was the recipient of the Ralph Gomberg Award. Jury resides in northern Virginia with her husband and two daughters.

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The U.S. Army Concert Band (13)

SFC Meredeth Rouse

Producer / Section Leader
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SFC Meredeth Rouse

Boston, MA

Group: The U.S. Army Concert Band

Joined the Band: 2009

Alum: New England Conservatory / Manhattan School of Music

SFC Meredeth Rouse joined the United States Army Band "Pershing's Own" in 2009. She has been featured as a soloist with the Concert Band at the US Capitol and at George Mason University, and with the Orchestra at the Library of Congress. Rouse is also a member of the Woodwind Quintet. A former member of the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Princeton Symphony, the Binghamton Philharmonic, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, she has also performed as a guest with Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Opera Boston, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Rouse holds a Bachelor's degree from the New England Conservatory. She completed a Master's degree in Orchestral Performance and a Professional Studies Certificate at the Manhattan School of Music, where she later served four years as oboe teaching assistant. Former faculty of Southeastern Louisiana University, she currently plays English horn for the Fairfax Symphony in Virginia.

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The U.S. Army Concert Band (14)

SGM Donald Hoffman

Element Leader
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SGM Donald Hoffman

Northumberland, PA

Group: The U.S. Army Concert Band

Joined the Band: 1995

Alum: Philadelphia College of Performing Arts / Temple University

SGM Donald Hoffman is a member of the first clarinet section with the United States Army Concert Band, Fort Myer, Virginia. He also performs frequently as principal clarinetist with the US Army Orchestra, as well as pianist for the Concert Band. Originally from Northumberland, Pennsylvania, he received a bachelor's degree from the College of Performing Arts in Philadelphia. He furthered his studies at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary, and Temple University in Philadelphia, earning a master's degree in performance. Later, he completed three years of orchestral training at the Curtis Institute of Music. In addition to appearing with "Pershing’s Own" since 1995, Hoffman has performed with many of the orchestras in the Washington, D.C., area, including the National Symphony and the Kennedy Center Opera and Ballet Orchestra. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Arlington Symphony, Susquehanna Valley Symphony Orchestra, and the U.S. Army Band, "Pershing’s Own." His teachers have included Ronald Reuben, bass clarinetist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, renowned Hungarian soloist, Kalman Berkes, and Loren Kitt, principal of the National Symphony.

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The U.S. Army Concert Band (24)

MSG Martin Gold

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MSG Martin Gold

Sarasota, FL

Group: The U.S. Army Concert Band

Joined the Band: 2004

Alum: University of Florida / Indiana University

MSG Martin Gold has served as clarinetist and bass clarinetist with The U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own”, since 2004. He has been a featured soloist with the U.S. Army Band’s Summer Concert Series, a frequent contributor to the U.S. Army Orchestra. Gold holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Florida and a Master of Music degree from Indiana University, with a cognate in music composition. He has performed with the Richmond Symphony, the Fairfax Symphony, the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, the Valdosta Georgia Symphony, the Central Florida Symphony, the Southwest Florida Symphony, and the Orquesta Sinfonica de la UANL in Monterrey, Mexico. As an arranger, Gold has written extensively for wind quintet and clarinet choir, as well as for concert band, marching band, strings, and brass quintet. Gold’s arrangements have been heard on national television and radio.

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MSG Dean Woods

Group Leader & Principal
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MSG Dean Woods

Dalton, GA

Group: The U.S. Army Concert Band

Joined the Band: 2000

Alum: Cleveland Institute of Music

MSG Dean Woods has been a member of The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" since 2000. He has won several prestigious awards at the Gillet International bassoon competition held around the world every year. Dean is currently principal bassoon of the Alexandria and the Fairfax Symphonies. He also performs with the National Symphony from time to time. Woods plays guitar, mandolin, and sings in a specialty group within the U.S. Army Band called Country Roads.

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The U.S. Army Concert Band (29)

SGM Steve Ticknor

Group Leader & Principal
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SGM Steve Ticknor

Topeka, KS

Group: The U.S. Army Concert Band

Joined the Band: 1997

Alum: Wichita State University / The University of Missouri-Kansas City

SGM Steve Ticknor began with The U.S. Army Band "Pershing’s Own" in 1997. A Kansas native, Ticknor joined the unit while finishing work on his Masters degree of Saxophone Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He holds a Music Education degree from Wichita State University. Currently, he performs as a member of the Concert Band, as well musically supporting the Ceremonial Band, the Blues, Downrange, and the Orchestra. He has been featured numerous times as a soloist with the Concert Band to include performances at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, the U.S. Capitol, and at the Kennedy Center. In addition to his career at The U.S. Army Band, Ticknor has had the great fortune to teach music both at the National Cathedral School and the Washington Conservatory of Music; guest lecture/perform for the Ambassador and staff of the Embassy of Belgium; clinician a variety of Schools of Music, the Virginia Bandmasters Conference, and local schools; and work as a musician and character (Sheriff of Nottingham) with Disney Music and Entertainment Company. Ticknor resides in Maryland with his wife and two daughters.

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SGM Troy Mckay

Richmond, MO

Group: The U.S. Army Concert Band

Joined the Band: 2001

Alum: Illinois State University / Northwestern University

SGM Troy McKay grew up in Richmond, Missouri. In 1991 he earned a position in the John Phillip Sousa National High School Honors Band, where he performed for one week in Washington, D.C. with The United States Marine Band “President’s Own.” It was this experience that inspired him to serve his country through music.In 1997 he earned a bachelor’s degree in music education at Illinois State University, studying trumpet with Dr. Amy Gilreath, and in 1998 he earned a master’s degree in trumpet performance as part of the last studio of Vincent Cichowicz. McKay began his military career in 1998 as a bugler with the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, and he has played trumpet with The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” since joining the Ceremonial Band in 2001. In 2003, McKay joined the Concert Band, where he continues to serve as a trumpet player and the Senior Producer.Prior to joining the Army, McKay performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Russia, most notably with the New Sigmund Romberg Orchestra, the American Russian Youth Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the World. As a member of “Pershing’s Own”, McKay has performed with the Concert Band in China, Norway, and our nation’s most prestigious concert halls such as the Kennedy Center, Kimmel Center, and the Lincoln Center. He has been a featured soloist with the band on tour as well as in our nation’s capital.As an active conductor and educator, McKay has taught at Washington Bible College, and he currently serves as the Music Director for First Baptist Church of Waldorf, where he conducts both choir and orchestra. McKay resides in LaPlata, MD with his wife Lucile and their four sons.

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The U.S. Army Concert Band (40)

SGM Robert Craven

Group Leader
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SGM Robert Craven

Manchester, NH

Group: The U.S. Army Concert Band

Joined the Band: 1998

Alum: Eastman School Of Music / The Juilliard School

SGM Robert Craven joined the U.S. Army Band in 1998 and has been playing with the Concert Band as Assistant Principal French Horn since 2001. Prior to joining the Army he held a position with the Mexican Orchestra, La Filharmonica de Queretaro. Originally from Manchester, New Hampshire, he left New England to study Horn at the Eastman school of Music in Rochester NY, were he earned a bachelor's degree in music at the Eastman School of Music. He also holds a master's degree in Music from The Juillliard School of Music in New York City. When he is not performing with the band, Craven is an active performer with many of the regions local ensembles and an avid teacher, including a position as horn and brass instructor at The Catholic University of America. Craven lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife, Kendra, son Benjamin, and daughter Claudia.

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The U.S. Army Concert Band (46)

MSG Samuel Woodhead

Principal
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MSG Samuel Woodhead

Northport, ME

Group: The U.S. Army Concert Band

Joined the Band: 2001

Alum: University of Southern Maine / Yale University / University of Maryland

MSG Sam Woodhead is the solo and principal trombonist and trombone section leader of The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Concert Band, a position he has held since 2004, and a member of the Concert Brass. Prior to winning the position in concert band, Woodhead served as a trombonist in the Ceremonial Band of "Pershing's Own". In addition to his duties with the concert band, he has performed with the Brass Quintet, Blues, Orchestra, Chorus, Herald Trumpets, and DownRange, with whom he toured Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan as part of the Sergeant Major of the Army's Hope and Freedom Tour in 2006. He is also chairman of the Eastern Trombone Workshop, founder and director of the Washington Trombone Ensemble, and is currently serving on the board of advisors for the International Trombone Association. Woodhead is in great demand as a freelance musician in the greater D.C. area, performing with groups from the National and Baltimore Symphonies to the Washington Symphonic Brass and musical productions at Signature Theater. He has appeared as soloist with "Pershing's Own" on the tour of California in 2005 and at concerts on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. Woodhead has also presented masterclasses and solo appearances at Boston University's Tanglewood Institute, Bowling Green University, Brown University, and Yale University. His primary teachers were John Swallow, Milton Stevens, and Mark Manduca and has also studied with Matthew Guilford, Craig Mulcahy, and David Taylor.

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The U.S. Army Concert Band (49)

SSG Kyle Gordon

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SSG Kyle Gordon

Harlan, IA

Group: The U.S. Army Concert Band

Joined the Band: 2019

Alum: Drake University / Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (in progress)

SSG Kyle Gordon is the bass trombonist in The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Concert Band. Prior to this position, he was the bass trombonist of the Houston Grand Opera, a position he held for 3 seasons. Kyle received his Master of Music in trombone performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he was awarded the Performer’s Certificate recognizing his outstanding work as a solo performer and was the winner of the brass concerto competition. His teachers included M. Dee Stewart, Dr. Graydon McGrannahan, and Jared Rodin. Prior to his studies at Indiana University, Kyle received a bachelor’s degree in K-12 Instrumental and Vocal Music Education from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He has additional studies in early music and bass sackbut. Kyle has served as a freelance educator and has taught as adjunct faculty at both Drake University and Lonestar Community College. He can be heard on recordings with the U.S. Army Band, as well as Drake University’s Wind Symphony. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and was the recipient of the James M. Cox Memorial Scholarship for young music educators.

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The U.S. Army Concert Band (50)

MSG Adam Lessard

Section Leader & Principal
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MSG Adam Lessard

Athens, GA

Group: The U.S. Army Concert Band

Joined the Band: 2007

Alum: Royal Northern College of Music and University of North Texas / University of Georgia

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MSG Adam Lessard hails from Athens, GA and joined The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in March of 2007. Lessard attended the University of Georgia where he earned his bachelor's degree studying with Dr. David Randolph and David Zerkel; the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK, studying with Steven Mead; and the University of North Texas with his masters degree, studying with Dr. Brian Bowman. Lessard won both the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) High School Brass competition and the Falcone International Tuba Euphonium Student Competition in 1998. He placed 2nd in the 2003 MTNA College Brass Competition and 2006 Falcone Artist Competition and was a finalist in the 2006 International Tuba Euphonium Conference Artist Competition. Lessard has also performed with both the Kennedy Center Ballet and the National Symphony Orchestra.

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The U.S. Army Concert Band (52)

SGM Dave Brown

Group Leader
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SGM Dave Brown

Nashville, TN

Group: The U.S. Army Concert Band

Joined the Band: 1995

Alum: Tennessee Technological University / Indiana University

SGM David T. Brown currently serves as Brass and Percussion Group Leader and Senior Announcer with The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in Washington D.C. He joined “Pershing’s Own” in 1995 after completing a Master of Music degree at Indiana University where he served as Associate Instructor of Tuba and was awarded the prestigious “Performer’s Certificate.” Additionally, he performs as solo tubist with the Washington Symphonic Brass. He has performed and toured with the National Symphony Orchestra and his playing can be heard on more than 40 recordings with numerous ensembles in the Washington D.C. area including The United States Army Band, the Washington Symphonic Brass and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He holds a bachelor's degree in Music Education from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee and his teachers include Dan Perantoni, Harvey G. Phillips, and R. Winston Morris.

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The U.S. Army Concert Band (55)

SFC Eric Seay

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SFC Eric Seay

Oak Ridge, TN

Group: The U.S. Army Concert Band

Joined the Band: 2002

Alum: University of Tennessee

SFC Eric Seay joined the U. S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own” in 2002, as bassist with the Concert Band. A multi-instrumentalist, with mastery of many styles, he performs in all manner of ensembles and venues. Seay grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee playing tuba and electric bass. He attended Indiana University and the University of Tennessee, where he studied tuba, electric and string bass, earning two bachelor’s degrees in music performance. He also earned the Presser Award at UT for his outstanding musicianship, academics, and leadership.His professional debut occurred at age 13, and some of his more notable engagements before entering “Pershing’s Own” include the Walt Disney World All American College Band and the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus band, with whom he played both bass and tuba. He continues to freelance around the greater DC-Baltimore area.

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The U.S. Army Concert Band (56)

SFC Kristopher Keeton

Section Leader
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SFC Kristopher Keeton

Russellville, KY

Group: The U.S. Army Concert Band

Joined the Band: 2013

Alum: Western Kentucky University / Northwestern University / Northwestern University

SFC Kristopher Keeton is a percussionist with The U. S. Army Concert Band. Prior to joining “Pershing’s Own,” Keeton held the position of Coordinator of Percussion/Assistant Professor of Music at both the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and at Virginia Commonwealth University. As a performer and soloist, he has appeared at Carnegie Hall, at numerous Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, and in Europe with the virtuoso Swedish percussion ensemble, Global Percussion Network. He is a former percussionist with notable organizations such as the Winston-Salem Symphony, Eastern Philharmonic Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, and Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. As an artist/clinician, Keeton has appeared at notable events throughout the U.S. and Europe, including music festivals and conferences, university appearances, the Percussive Arts Society Days of Percussion, and at the internationally renowned music education conference, Midwest Clinic.Keeton received a Doctorate of Music and a master’s degree in Percussion Performance from the Northwestern University Beinen School of Music. His bachelor’s degree is in Percussion Performance from Western Kentucky University. He has studied with acclaimed percussionists Christopher Norton and Michael Burritt, James Ross of the Chicago Symphony, and drum set artists Chester Thompson and Paul Wertico.

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The U.S. Army Concert Band (61)

SFC Nadia Pessoa

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SFC Nadia Pessoa

Miami, FL

Group: The U.S. Army Concert Band

Joined the Band: 2006

Alum: Indiana University / University of Michigan

Harpist SFC Nadia Pessoa joined The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in 2006. Originally from Miami, Florida, she began playing the harp at age two and a half, and attended Indiana University, where she earned a Bachelor of Music and a Performer Diploma, studying with Susann McDonald. She spent additional time studying in Vienna, Austria, and went on to earn a Master of Music in Performance at the University of Michigan, where she studied with Dr. Lynne Aspnes.Prior to joining The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” Pessoa served as acting principal harpist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in 2006, and taught at Louisiana State University. She is the recipient of awards from the National Society of Arts and Letters, the American Harp Society, National Federation of Music Clubs, Downbeat Magazine, and the Fort Collins Symphony. She has participated in numerous national and international festivals, including the National Orchestral Institute, Henry Mancini Institute, Domaine Forget, and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. Pessoa performed at the 2002 World Harp Congress in Geneva, and on the 2005 Grammy award-winning recording of William Bolcom's Songs of Innocence and Experience, under the direction of Leonard Slatkin. Locally, she has performed with the Annapolis Symphony, the National Philharmonic, the Choral Arts Society, Arena Stage, The Washington Ballet, and the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra.Pessoa regularly performs with The U.S. Army Orchestra and The U.S. Army Concert Band, as well as for diplomatic and military events. She has appeared as a soloist with the Concert Band on five occasions, including at the National Mall and Lincoln Center.

Providing a musical backdrop for many of the nation’s most notable events, The U.S. Army Concert Band has a worldwide reputation for extraordinary musicianship.

Headquartered in Washington, DC, The U.S. Army Concert Band has performed in concert venues such as Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Hollywood Bowl--connecting the Army with the American people. The ensemble participates in ongoing, educational outreach and often appears at national and international music events, including the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Music Educators National Convention, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and the American Bandmasters Association.

During the summer months, the Concert Band performs outdoor concerts on the West Steps of the U.S. Capitol and at venues throughout the Washington, DC, area. Regular concerts are offered during the cooler months at The United States Army Band’s home, Brucker Hall, located on historic Fort Myer, in Arlington, Virginia.

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In an effort to promote international goodwill, the 65-piece, traditional concert band has performed joint concerts with the Soviet Army, the Russian Navy, and the Ukrainian Navy bands, and has appeared in military tattoos in Scotland, Sweden, Holland, Norway, Australia, and Japan. The Concert Band’s 2011 and 2012 goodwill exchange concert tours with the Military Band of the PLA of China, entitled Friendship and Cooperation Through Music, is indicative of the importance these musical ambassadors play in matters of international diplomacy and outreach.

The Soldiers in this ensemble have been trained at some of the most prestigious music conservatories and universities in the country. Displaying their versatility, the Concert Band members perform a variety of styles, ranging from classical to popular. The communicative power of The U.S. Army Concert Band is greatly enhanced when combined with other musical elements of “Pershing’s Own.”


FAQs

What is the US Army band called? ›

The United States Army Band, also known as "Pershing's Own", is the premier musical organization of the United States Army, founded in 1922.

Does the US Army have a band? ›

U.S. Army Bands are comprised of four branches: 20 active-duty Regional Bands, 13 Army Reserve Bands, 51 Army National Guard Bands, and four Premier Bands, each with its own unique mission and qualifications.

What does the US Army band do? ›

Home - U.S. Army Bands. "Army Bands promote the Army and our national interests, enable commanders to shape the environment to accomplish their mission, and set the conditions that lead to trust and confidence in America's Army and its readiness to conduct operations in peacetime, conflict, and war."

Where is the US Army band? ›

Headquartered in Washington, DC, The U.S. Army Concert Band has performed in concert venues such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Hollywood Bowl.

Do Army band members see combat? ›

Although military musicians rarely see active combat, on some occasions they may be deployed to conflict zones—and all are required to complete basic combat training regardless.

Is it hard to get into a military band? ›

Some of the bands are on the road upwards of 100 days a year. Although admission into any military band requires an audition, outside of the premier bands, the playing ability can vary dramatically from musician to musician, leaving some players musically unsatisfied.

How much do you make in the Army Band? ›

How much does an Army Band make? As of Oct 22, 2022, the average annual pay for the Army Band jobs category in the United States is $38,685 a year. Just in case you need a simple salary calculator, that works out to be approximately $18.60 an hour. This is the equivalent of $743/week or $3,223/month.

How much do military bands get paid? ›

Average U.S. Army Musician yearly pay in the United States is approximately $53,374, which is 11% above the national average.

Which band is used by military? ›

Band Usage

The military services use the 138-144 MHz band to support air-to-ground, air-to-air, and air-ground-air (AGA) tactical communications; air traffic control operations; LMR nets for sustaining base and installation infrastructure support; and for tactical training and test range support.

What uniform does the army band wear? ›

The distinctive uniform worn by The U.S. Army Band “Pershing's Own” was created and adopted in the late 1960s, and was debuted at the Inauguration of President Richard Nixon on January 20, 1969. It was designed for the band by the Army's Institute of Heraldry at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

Is military band a full time job? ›

Is The Air Force Band a full-time job? Working as a musician in The United States Air Force Band is a full-time profession, not a side activity. You will be an active duty member of the United States Air Force. In wartime or peacetime, your primary duty is to perform as a musician.

What rank are Army band members? ›

Military Rank

Members of “Pershing's Own” are given the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) of 42S (forty two sierra), “Special Band Musician”. Personnel are promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant (E-6) two months after completion of Basic Combat Training.

How many US Army bands are there? ›

Army. In addition to its four premier ensembles, the U.S. Army fields 25 active-duty bands assigned as unit ensembles to support divisions, corps, and armies. A further 17 part-time U.S. Army Reserve and 44 part-time National Guard bands are also maintained.

How big is the Army Band? ›

This musical organization contains over 270 personnel and ten official ensembles, including The U.S. Army Concert Band, The U.S. Army Ceremonial Band, The U.S. Army Strings, The U.S. Army Blues (big band), The U.S. Army Army Chorus, The U.S. Army Band Downrange (pop/rock band), The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, The U.S. ...

Are there any officers in the Army Band? ›

As an Army Band Officer, you'll rotate through different positions, including associate conductor, administrator, and instructor at the Armed Forces School of Music after going through a series of auditions. You could also become a commander and principal conductor of an Army band after a few years of experience.

Can you play guitar in Army Band? ›

Musicians specialize in one (or more) of the following instruments: tuba, trombone, euphonium, bassoon, electric bass guitar, saxophone, flute or piccolo, oboe, clarinet, French horn, percussion, cornet or trumpet, guitar, and keyboard.

Do military band members go to boot camp? ›

The answer is that - in the Air Force, Army, Navy, and Coast Guard, yes every military musician MUST go through basic/bootcamp.

How do you get in the Army Band? ›

To staff the Army Bands, musicians are hired into our program monthly. A choice of 2-5 assignments are offered after enlisting as a 42R. The four Special Army Bands post vacancies on their individual web sites. Please check periodically for openings.

What are the 5 branches of the military bands? ›

In simple terms, the U.S. Armed Forces are made up of the six military branches: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy and, most recently, Space Force.

Are military band members active duty? ›

Army Band Officers are Active Duty Soldiers that rotate through a variety of assignments throughout their careers. They may serve at the following locations: The United States Army Band “Pershing's Own” (Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, VA)

Where are military bands stationed? ›

Bands currently designated as premier ensembles
EnsembleGarrison
U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps1Marine Barracks Washington
U.S. Air Force Band4Joint Base Andrews
U.S. Army Field Band2Fort Meade
U.S. Air Force Academy Band4Peterson Space Force Base
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Is the army band an MOS? ›

Duties: Warrant officer bandmasters (military occupational specialty (MOS) 420C) are responsible for the unit-level command and control of their bands. Responsibilities include Uniform Code of Military Justice authority, administration, operations, training, and supply.

What is the leader of a military band called? ›

A drum major or field commander is the leader of a marching band, drum and bugle corps, or pipe band, usually positioned at the head of the band or corps.

What do military bands do in war? ›

Traditionally, military bands would play music on the battlefield to boost the morale of the troops. Furthermore, drummers would summon men from their farms and land to call them to service. Military music also played a vital tactical role during battle, giving certain instructions to soldiers.

What is the oldest military band? ›

Ottoman military bands are the oldest recorded military marching band in the world. Though they are often known by the word Mehter (Ottoman Turkish: مهتر, plural: مهتران mehterân; from "senior" in Persian) in West Europe, that word, properly speaking, refers only to a single musician in the band.

Who one of the best military bands in the world? ›

Francisco Buencamino Sr. Q. He restored the Philippine Constabulary Band in 1945, which was reputedly likened to a symphony orchestra, and was considered, as "One of the best military bands in the world".

What do bracelets mean in army? ›

These bracelets are worn as a way to show support, to remember a victim or hero of terrorism or war, to make people aware of a person that has died and the reason for the death, to commemorate an event such as the September 11 attacks on the United States, or to support and remember American servicepeople who were POWs ...

Can you listen to music in army uniform? ›

Generally, listening through a speaker is okay as long as it does not interfere with the mission or duties or cause a nuisance, it's okay. Listening to music through ear phones or buds is not.

What does the gold stripe on army pants mean? ›

Answer and Explanation: During the 19th century, the gold stripe indicated that the uniform was that of a cavalry soldier; however, all Army service pants received a gold stripe on the side shortly after 1955. Help improve Study.com.

What rank is one gold bar in the army? ›

O-1, 2nd Lieutenant- Represented by a single gold bar (USN/USCG equivalent rank- Ensign) | Military insignia, Branch of service, Gold bar.

What rank is one bar in the army? ›

Officers at the O-1 pay grade wear one gold bar, O-2 wear one silver bar, O-3 wear two silver bars and warrant officers wear striped bars.

What are military bands called? ›

The United States' military bugle bands are also the precursors of the modern-day civil drum and bugle corps and the only one in active service today is that of the United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps "The Commandant's Own".

What is a military stripe called? ›

Chevrons: Most enlisted personnel in every military service branch wear chevrons, or v-shaped stripes.

What are the five military bands in the United States? ›

There exist bands for each branch of the military, the Army, the Marines, the Navy, the Air Force, and the Coast Guard.

Does the army have a marching band? ›

Slide 2 of 4. Founded in 1817, the West Point Band is the Army's oldest continuously serving active duty band, tracing its roots to the Revolutionary War. The band is comprised of active duty Soldiers drawn from the finest music schools in the country.

How much do Army band members make? ›

How much does an Army Band make? As of Oct 31, 2022, the average annual pay for the Army Band jobs category in the United States is $38,685 a year.

How much do army musicians get paid? ›

Average U.S. Army Musician yearly pay in the United States is approximately $53,374, which is 11% above the national average.

What rank is 1 stripe in the Army? ›

An Airman has one stripe, Airman First Class has two stripes, and a Senior Airman has three stripes.

What does E mean in military? ›

The "E" in E-1 stands for "enlisted" while the "1" indicates the paygrade for that position. The other pay categories are "W" for warrant officers and "O" for commissioned officers. Some enlisted paygrades have two ranks. The Army, for example, has the ranks of corporal and specialist at the paygrade of E-4.

What are the 3 stripes on US Army? ›

Sergeant (Grade E3) was a career soldier rank and its former three-chevron insignia was abolished and replaced with the three chevrons and an arc of the rank of staff sergeant. The rank of staff sergeant was discontinued and the rank of technical sergeant (Grade E2) was renamed sergeant first class.

Which is considered one of the best military bands in the world? ›

Francisco Buencamino Sr. Q. He restored the Philippine Constabulary Band in 1945, which was reputedly likened to a symphony orchestra, and was considered, as "One of the best military bands in the world".

What is the official Army song? ›

"The Army Goes Rolling Along" was designated the official song of the United States Army in 1956. Yet its history goes back to March 1908 when Brigadier General Edmund Louis "Snitz" Gruber, a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, wrote "The Caissons Go Rolling Along."

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