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United States Army Band "Pershing's Own"


Since 1922, The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” has maintained a tradition of excellence as the premier musical organization of The United States Army. The Band was founded in 1922 by Army Chief of Staff General of the Armies John J. “Black Jack” Pershing to emulate European military bands he heard during World War I. The U.S. Army Band continues to play an important role in events of national and international significance, staging performances from the battlefields of World War II to our Nation’s Capital.

During its early years, the Band became widely known and critically acclaimed for radio broadcasts featured on several networks, including RCA, CBS, and the Mutual Broadcasting Network. The Band also completed four national tours between 1928 and 1931 and became highly respected for its performances during a trip to Spain for the Ibero-American Exposition in spring 1929.

The period after World War II saw the Band expand in scope and diversity to keep pace with an increased demand for numerous and specialized assignments. The United States Army Ceremonial Band, The United States Army Chorus, The United States Army Herald Trumpets, and The United States Army Strings were established as regular performing units during this time.

Throughout the 60s, 70s, and 80s, The U.S. Army Band continued to perform and serve with distinction. In 1963, the Band participated in the funeral of President John F. Kennedy with U.S. Army Band Bugler Keith Clark performing Taps at the graveside service in Arlington National Cemetery. Brucker Hall, the Band’s training and performance facility, was constructed in the mid-1970s. Also during this era, The United States Army Blues, The United States Army Chorale, and The Unites States Army Brass Band were officially established as regular performing ensembles.

Watch Past Performances

Video 9/23/2019: The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" Saxophone Quartet

The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" presents an evening of chamber music, performing works for strings and saxes, both new and classic.

Video 6/3/2019: U.S. Army Band "Mozart in Boots"

The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” performs one of W.A. Mozart’s finest compositions, the “Gran Partita,” alongside a story of some “Old Boots,” an original stop-animation film and score. Come and join us for a family friendly program of incredible repertoire, performed by the Nation’s finest Soldier musicians.

Video 8/30/2017: United States Army String Quartet

The United States Army String Quartet program allows us the opportunity to reflect on the great influence of the United States on the music world. The pieces of this program were either written by an American composer or written while the composer was visiting the United States. 

Video 11/8/2016: United States Army Band "Pershing's Own"

Celebrate Election Day with the Tuba Quartet of the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” as they perform a blend of classic American tunes.