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UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS



•   Melissa Johnson (Lander) (2005)  2/22
•   Richard Barnes (1986)  2/23
•   Alan Potter (2000)  2/25
•   Jeffrey G. Price (2007)  2/25
•   Jean Gould (2010)  2/27
•   Frederick Minnich (1959)  2/27
•   Lewis Chapman (1998)  3/1
•   Thomas Bartolomeo (2005)  3/8
•   Matthew Sikes (2015)  3/15
•   Janet L. Holland (1997)  3/20
•   Stephen Cosper (2005)  3/22
•   Jennifer Nitchman (2000)  3/22
•   Derek Stults (1900)  3/23

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Organized in 1946 under the command of Chief Warrant Officer Chester E. Whiting, the U S Army Field Band was originally designated the Army Ground Forces Band - to provide a presence in the nation's capital that honored the "ground" soldier in the same manner that the US Army Air Forces Band honored those serving in the Army Air Corps. In 1950, when the U S Army Ground Forces were redesignated as the US Army Field Forces, the band changed to the name that it continues to use to this day - the US Army Field Band.

This website has been created to serve as a meeting place for those who have served in the US Army Field Band - and a place where others can come to find out about the history of the band.

Related to a Field Band member?  Children, spouses and others who are related to former Field Band members are invited to join this website.  You will have full access to all material that is posted here plus receive occasional updates.  Send your request to Mike Culbertson.

We hope you enjoy the material and information that is here. If you are a former member of the band please take a few minutes to register/include your information on this website.  And, of course, stop back often to see what's been recently added to the website of the Retiree and Alumni Association of the U S Army Field Band.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Does anyone have copies of the itineraries for the tours from Summer tour 1975-Fall tour 1980)?
I wish I had saved them. It would be great to trace my travels across the country in the six years I spent with the band.
I have contacted the Field Band but was told that they don't have consistent records from that timeframe. They were only able to find an itineraries from the 1980 Hawaii trip and the 1975 Fall tour.

If anyone can help me out my email is:
eugene.bayer@icloud.com

Thanks.

Al Grossberg (2000)

Johnny Mann was also the band leader on the old Joey Bishop television show in the 1970's.  That show aired at 11:30 each night on ABC, created to compete with the Johnny Carson show.  One time when the Band was in Los Angeles, several of us were invited to the show by Johnny. We got to hang around backstage for a while, then were seated in the audience for the taping.  At one point in the show Joey Bishop had us stand, introduced us, and said a few words about the Band.  He mentioned we always participated in inaugural parades, then asked Colonel Gibson how often we did that.  Colonel Gibson stood silent for a minute, then said with a straight face, "every four years."   The audience howled with laughter and Joey just stood there and said, "I guess I deserved that...."

Here is information on John Montgomery. His brother, Fred, reports that John is suffering from end-stage bile duct cancer. His doctors estimate that he has, sadly, approximately three months left. The family has not released contact information because John is too fragile to accept visitors or phone calls. He has difficulty speaking, even to family. Fred encourages friends to reach out by posting personal messages on John’s Facebook page (John S. Montgomery). His wife will then read the messages to him. Please pass this message along to other concerned friends.',

Welcome!!

We've been busy getting the new TUSAFBRAA website designed and ready for use.  It's now up and running and all set to go.  If you see a problem/glitch/typo please let us know.  We look forward to meeting you here on the new website.

Al Grossberg

Mike Culbertson

Joe Levine

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Former Member of the Field Band?

All former members of the U S Army Field Band have been entered into the database for this website.  If you are a former member of the band, click on JOIN HERE (upper right), enter your name, and complete the short sign-up form.  Your name will then be forwarded to the website administrators for verification.  Once you are verified you will have full access to all parts of the webiste. 

You're in Print

In fact, we're all in print!  Thanks to the diligent efforts of Mike Culbertson, SGM Ret. (2009), each of us has a special place in Mike's book - Seventy Years on the Road.  Mike has managed to track down each of the 1770 people who have been assigned to the Field Band (and its predecessor - The Army Ground Forces Band) and provided a short snapshot of each one of us.

Seventy Years on the Road

"This book does not tell of all the concerts the band has played.  Instead, it documents the service of the more than 1770 people who have been assigned to the Field Band.  Each instrumental and vocal musician is listed, as are the off-stage performers who handled all the things required to put the tour on the road."

Included are sections about the 1st Combat Infantry Band, The Army Ground Forces Band, the evolution of the Insignia of the Field Band, listing of retirees by year, Commanders, Commissioned Officers, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Soldiers.

You'll never read all 292 pages from beginning to end.  But you will find yourself continually picking it up to answer the question, "What was the name of the person who..." 

Available for purchase online from Lulu.com as either a paperback book ($17.50) or a downloadable PDF file ($4.99).

Sound the Trumpet, Beat the Drums

Stemming from the tradition of rallying troops and frightening enemies, mounted bands played a unique and distinctive role in American military history. Their fascinating story within the U.S. Army unfolds in this latest book from noted music historian and former army musician Bruce P. Gleason.



Sound the Trumpet, Beat the Drums follows American horse-mounted bands from the nation's military infancy through its emergence as a world power during World War II and the corresponding shift from horse-powered to mechanized cavalry.  Of particular interest to former members of the Army Field Band is Chapter 10, "Rise of the National Guard".  It describes the work of Field Band founder LTC Chester Whiting when he was bandmaster of the 110th Cavalry Band of the Massachusetts National Guard (1924-1940). 

Available from Univ of Oklahoma Press