The 257th Army Band, District of Columbia National Guard
The Band of the Nation’s Capital, the 257th Army Band, boasts a proud lineage going back to the legendary Corcoran Cadets of 1883, the DC militia that inspired John Philip Sousa to compose his march of the same name. Through a series of mergers with other organizations such as the 121st Engineers in 1921, The 260th Costal Artillery Unit in 1939, and ultimately the 91st Army Band in 1959, the ensemble faithfully continues to provide musical support for the Washington DC National Guard while proudly representing both the Guard and its home city throughout the world. Noteworthy performances include the burial of the Unknown Solider in 1921, musical support for the state funeral of President Harding, overseas deployments to Greece and Panama, and most recently the 2003 Great American Brass Band Festival. Although centrally located among the finest military bands in the world, The 257th Army Band remains the only organization that truly is “The Band of the Nation’s Capitol.” The 257th operates under the command of Chief Warrant Officer Sheila M. Klotz, the first female commander in the history of Army National Guard Bands, with additional music direction by Staff Sergeant Brian D. Jones, an Asst. Professor of Clarinet at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Featured soloists are Staff Sergeant Cynthia Marr, principal saxophonist and Specialist Aretha Grayson, the band’s featured vocalist.