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1 lives in Alaska
2 live in Arizona
1 lives in Arkansas
4 live in California
7 live in Colorado
1 lives in Connecticut
2 live in Delaware
2 live in District Of Columbia
23 live in Florida
5 live in Georgia
1 lives in Hawaii
1 lives in Idaho
3 live in Illinois
2 live in Indiana
1 lives in Iowa
3 live in Kentucky
2 live in Louisiana
76 live in Maryland
4 live in Massachusetts
6 live in Michigan
1 lives in Minnesota
1 lives in Mississippi
6 live in Missouri
2 live in Nebraska
3 live in Nevada
4 live in New Hampshire
5 live in New Jersey
2 live in New Mexico
7 live in New York
7 live in North Carolina
1 lives in North Dakota
9 live in Ohio
4 live in Oklahoma
1 lives in Oregon
15 live in Pennsylvania
1 lives in Rhode Island
5 live in South Carolina
1 lives in South Dakota
8 live in Tennessee
11 live in Texas
2 live in Utah
24 live in Virginia
5 live in Washington
3 live in West Virginia
3 live in Wisconsin
2 live in Wyoming
2 live in British Columbia
1 lives in Australia
1 lives in Germany
939 location unknown
567 are deceased


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Percentage of Joined Bandmembers: 24.9%

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B:   939   Not Joined

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.



Lt. Col. Chester Whiting book

During the 2nd week of January a small Retiree/Alumni Association team descended on Ft. Meade and, with the help of Field Band Archivist SFC Brian Eldridge, spent hours going through a zillion photos.  Images were selected and scanned/digitized for including in an upcoming book - A Photo History of the U S Army Field Band (further information about the book will be coming out in the weeks ahead - stay tuned!).

Many interesting artifacts surfaced during the wek including a book written by Lt. Col. Whiting - From Horses to Motors.  Written in the early 60s,  Lt. Col. Whiting set the stage for his book -

For 20 years I was a Cavalryman.  During 17 of those years I lead a band that played on horseback.

In 1941 I became an infantryman.  During the next 15 years I commanded a band that travelled by motor convoy.

Because the past is always present, in this narratuve I prefer to relive, rather than reminisce.

The book takes you back in time to the Holland Tulip Festival, the Pumpkin Festival in Circleville, Ohio, the 1957 European Tour, the history behind the nicknames for each of the vehicles in the convoy, and so much more.

We've scanned the book and it's available for reading by clicking the link below (it may take a few minutes to download the book - it's a large file).


More Photos!

Rod Young (1st LT, 1970) sends his regards and shares a number of photos from  the Dedication of Devers Hall in 1999.  Click on " Photos" in the upper left.

A batch of photos has been added (March 22, 2018)

Click on "Photos" (upper left) to see a large batch of photos that Josef orosz has sent along for us to enjoy.

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 as either a paperback book ($17.50) or a downloadable PDF file ($4.99).


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


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. 


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



Lloyd Combs (1974)  1/19
Kirk Kadish (2013)  1/23
George Jones (1972)  1/25
Mike McGhee (2010)  2/4