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Had a short stint as a First Sargeant when the Band at McChord AFB, WA deactivated in 1991. Was assigned to the 4MAS at McChord. Had a great TDY to Okinawa during that time through typhoon Kinna. Retired from Travis in 1998 after 24 years. Miss the military some days.


Iris McBride - USAF
My time in the 101st Airborne Division Band started a life long journey of working, serving and now enjoying time with others who served in the U.S. Military. After my three year enlistment as a bandsman, I went on to ROTC at the University of Florida and then back the the 101st as an Aviation Officer. I served another 8 years of active duty and in total I spent 28 years in the Active, Active Reserve or IRR before being reassigned to the Retired Reserve. I greatly missed being around soldiers and the feeling of flying. I replaced flying with a Harley Davidson Fat Boy and found the brotherhood I was missing in the form of the U.S. Military Vets Motorcycle Club.

Brian Haddle - US Army trombone player
I was in Class 87-500 at the School of Music from 23 Sep 87 to 24 Mar 88. I studied guitar under Jim Robo (a MU2 at the time) and even had a couple of lessons with Bob Roetker.

My first assignment was with the 74th AB at Ft. Harrison under CW4 Richard Saddler and 1SG Ed Ellis
I reported to the 2d ID Band in Korea 17 Feb1993. There, I was under CW3 Bob Shoaf and1SG LC McClerkin. Later in the year, it was CW3 Doug Paarmann and 1SG Dave Durkin(?). While in Korea, we played for President Clinton and he played tenor sax with the jazz combo I played in. The performance was aired on CNN in the US.

I DROS to the 77th AB at Ft Sill, OK 16 Feb 1994. Played under my old friend and asst squad leader from Ft Harrison, Bob Nixon - now a Bandmaster. After Bob PCS' d, CW3 Brian Benson was my commander.

From the 77th, I went on USAREC duty in late 1996. I later converted from 02T ( Guitar Player) to 79R (Career Recruiter).
Later, I was an instructor at Recruiting School..

I retired from AD on 30 Apr 2008.


Tim Harr
Air Force Musicians have their own facebook page. I was at Scott AFB from 1972 to 1976 and served under Major Herman Vincent and Captain Ray Toler. Played a lot of tuba.


Ben Johnson
Enlisted in the Army in 9/69 and did basic at Fort Lewis, WA. Attended Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, VA from 11/69 to 4/70, then with the 21st Army Band at back at Fort Lewis, WA until 4/71. Served with the 298th Army Band in Berlin from 4/71 to 10/71, then 3rd Infantry Division Band until RIF'd in 4/72 as a SP4. MOS was 02E20, trombone player. Wonderful experience and have reconnected with a lot of friends on Facebook.

Jeff Smurthwaite
Hello I'm Franklin Grant from Ruston ,La.I Was at the school of music November 4,1974-May 1975,then onto Fort Bragg,NC to the 82nd Airborne Division Band from May 1975-January 1981 and then onto Fort Steward Ga. to the 24th Infantry Band where I ets Decvember 1982.Those were the best years of my life,If I could do it all over again I wouldn't hesitate !!


Franklin Grant - US Army
Served with the 1st Cav Div Band from 1982 - 1989 then 2nd Inf Div Band, Camp Casey, Korea - 1989 - 1990. Returned back to Fort Hood for Desert Shield / Desert Storm 1990 - 1997.
Went back to Korea this time 8th Army Band for about 8 months got curtailed back to 1st Cav Div Band then on to Bosnia 1997 - 2001. Retired from the 1st Cav Div Band 2001. Served with
great Bandsmen and Bandmasters. Won't trade the experience for nothing in the world.


Arthur L. Bryan - US Army Bandsman
Our band [14th AB WAC Band] has a reunion every other year. We practice, then perform a free concert.

Gail Belmont - 14th Army Band - WAC Band
I was drafted after leaving Berklee School of Music to go on the road. Lost my student deferment in the process. I was drafted in Sept'68. Auditioned for the band at Ft Bragg, where I did basic and my sergeant was displeased that I was "ruining my gas chamber traing today" because I had an appointment to go and audition. I passed the audition but somehow got orders for AIT in Ft Gordon Ga. We lived in quonset huts a few miles off the main base. Bad scene there. After a lot of persistent trying, help from the outside etc.. wonder of wonders this draftee got into the 434th Army Band.

I was not a good troop- although I still play professionally. I was wondering of the fates of various fellow bandsmen I was stationed with there.
My alcoholism was just taking off during those times. I am now 23.5 yrs clean and sober a day at a time.

Bob Howell - 434th Army Band
[Please visit] www.bradbaileymusic.com

Brad Bailey
I enjoyed playing at the 5th Army Band's reunion in Madison WI and with the TRADOC Alumni Band at Ft. Monroe the year before last [2010]. I'm way too old to re-up!

George Yingling
Played Tenor and Clar. with the 84th Army Band Fulda, Germany late 53 to 1955. Played with a bunch of great musicians. Any of you guy's out there...give me a buzz.

Ray Vitale
After being discharged from the Band of the West I was a band director for 30 years. I am now retired and teaching lower brass lessons in public schools.

Donald L. Pierce - USAF tuba & sousaphone player

Donald L. Pierce
[Greetings] members of the 25th inf div band that served in Cuchi Vietnam firing the years 1966 to 1967.
Harold Wandle  windywandle@aol.com

Harold Wandle
I was in the 4th Army Band at Ft. Sam Houston frim 1966 to 1969.
I'd enjoy hearing from anyone who's still alive.
Fred Ratliff  fratliff@hughes.net

Fred Ratliff
I served in the Army from 1975 - 1979. I was stationed at Fort Jackson SC and with the 8th ID Band Bad Kreuznach West Germany. MOS was 02D20 French Horn player. I welcome all emails if anyone even remembers me, as it's not like it was yesterday! I will be attending the 8th ID Band Reunion in Dallas in 2013.

Jan DeJaegher - US Army French Horn Player
@ Mike Beegle- HA HA!

John Moody - MilitaryBandsman.Com Webmaster
Very nice job on this site. I look forward to seeing it grow. Oh, and by the way, BEAT ARMY! Couldn't resist.

Mike Beegle USN Clarinet & Sax - NEC 3851 Enl. Bandleader
Great site, John. Congratulations and well-done!

James E. Hickerson MSG USA (Retired)
I was in the band [101st Airborne Division] the year they wrote the Screaming Eagle Band song and helped write it. This was in 1972 or 1973. Just wondering if you still use the song? I got drafted in the band by the Commanding General who took up all mos's in order to have a band.

Randall Murphree - Percussion OJT
I am interested [and looking for] any pictures or info from that time period

Warren Hunt - 24th ID Army Band - Clarinetist
I was a member of the 25th Infantry Div. Band, stationed in Hawaii in 1962 and 63. Also a member of the 5th Div Headquarters Band FT. Sheridan, Ill in 1960 & 61. Had a very good friend named Robert Stroup from Iowa while in Hawaii, kind of lost contact and would like to re-unite. shewalksalot@gmail.com

Steven Cwiakala - 25th ID Band Hawaii
Does anyone have any pix or film from the 1976 Bicentennial Celebration at the Aloha Stadium in Hawaii? The Tropic Lightning Band performed there during this ceremony.

Ford Ulrich Ross
Hi everyone! It's nice to see John Stewart's name here - I remember you from our Presidio days. How have you been?

Cindy L. Maus said: June 3rd, 2010 9:38 pm
Hi guys! If anyone was in the 80th Army Band with me at Ft. Stewart, Ga., between 1960-1963, please send me an email. Or if anyone has a list of names of the guys who were there then, please let me know. I'd love to make some recontacts for "old times sake", as they say. Thanks ahead of time. Cheers, Gene Wong, drummer

Eugene Wong said: June 25th, 2011 1:33 pm
If SP6 Kevin Laird sees this, please contact me (dasael@msn.com) Also Parker Townsend, Susan Arthur or Nigel Hardamann. SP6 Laird was my theory and ear training instructor at the school in Norfolk. I couldn't have gotten through if it weren't for him. With my great percussion teacher SGT Tommy Anderson (U.S. Marines) I was able to score a 2.9 on my final audition on 15 October 1980. Since being home from the Army I've written 258 songs and produced 20 of my own C.D.'s. Some of my songs have been played on the radio and 3 of my songs are currently on the internet. Hope to hear from some of my fellow bandsmen, please write to me, thanks

David Saelens said: July 27th, 2011 1:41 am
I was at Fort Polk with the 56th and the 60th from 1970-1972. O2F, bass player from New Orleans. Hi to all and wish I could see fellow members.

Leon Duncan said: August 18th, 2011 12:44 pm
I thought I'd seen it all in the US 8th ID Band in BK, Germany, 76-78. And It will always be my #1 favorite of my military memories. Those concerts and parades throughout Germany, France, Switzerland, Holland, and especially those Beer and Wine fests in Germany were legendary! It was Right after the Vietnam war ended and it was party time! But the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge walk US 6th Army Band in 86-89, across the Golden Gate Bridge was a fantastic once in a lifetime event too! Not to mention the filming of "The Presidio" with "Sean Connery"parked out in front of the Band hall. But still, it was not like BK, Germany in the "Disco late 70's"!!! Those were the Days! Stew

John C Stewart said: August 28th, 2011 12:29 am
John Stewart, No I'm not that SGM, however I'm the SGM that was at the Presidio '84-'85 and went on to retire 1987. Saw Ed Agiular at the SOM. Remember these names; Ed Aguilar, Ed Ellis, Doug Paarman, Hank Kindell, and CWO Vinson?

PWEvangelista said: August 30th, 2011 10:03 am
I was in the 29th army band in okinawa from 1954 to 1956,and am trying to locate aubrey tobin who played bass, also dick glerman who played drums. Would sure like to hear from them if possible.

james kargas,trumpet said: September 6th, 2011 11:04 am
Would like to find band members from 1966 to 1068. Thank you very much and I really enjoyed the band.

Clifford Farley - Army Trombone Player said: December 2nd, 2011 9:47 pm
I think I remember Belcher and Duncan from either60th Army or 25th Infantry Army Bands. Wow!!! Thats been a few decades ago, 1970-1973

joseph rucker said: December 17th, 2011 3:09 am
I spent the last 6 months of my enlistment in the 84th Army Band, in Fulda, from Oct 73 through March 74. I have some photos of the 84th on my Facebook page, under my name as above. If your picture is there, feel free to comment, download, etc. I'd like to know what happened in the Frank Riselli situation, please.

Mark Furman said: December 26th, 2011 6:03 pm
I was with 55th at Redstone from '66-'69...There is a AMM reunion in Huntsville this year sometime in September. If interested, check out the webpage at A-M-M.us for details

JVassar said: January 11th, 2012 7:32 am
I served in the US Navy from Jun 1964-Jun 1968. I was stationed at the Naval Air Station, Norfolk from 1965-1967 and was deployed to the Med on the USS Saratoga. My final assignment was at Cinclant/Cinclantflt headquarters, also in Norfolk. I was t here from early 1967 until Jun '68 I played clarinet, sax (Bari) and occassionally guitar

Larry E Powell - US Navy Band said: January 19th, 2012 8:59 pm
I'd love to hear from anyone. My twin boys, who were born while I was there (8th ID Band Germany) will be turning 30 in February.

Bill Brown - 8th ID Band 1980 - 1982 said: January 22nd, 2012 4:33 pm
The 80th Army Band at Ft. Stewart, GA was the best time of my life. Lots of fine musicians, good guys, good food, lousy beer, but lots of pretty girls. I went on to play bass with the best musicians in the Lehigh Valley, PA for over 35 years. God Bless America!

David J. Young said: February 7th, 2012 2:31 pm
Looking forward to seeing a lot of guys I knew over the years on this website.

Paul Rivers - US Army Trumpet & Keyboard Player said: February 8th, 2012 10:45 am
Those were the days...Army Bandsman, what a life!

Leonard Maxey - US Army trumpet player said: February 10th, 2012 5:01 pm
I left the band field when the Korean War broke out and went infantry for the time I was in Korea.1950-1951.I then was put back in the band in 278th RCT Band, Pine Camp,New York 1951-1952.I was put in the Va Hospital in Syracuse New York. I walked out of there with 80% use of my left arm back and my wounds were healed and went back in the army in 1956. Retired, I am still playing every day in the mess hall here at Ft Stewart,Ga. I enjoy playing with the 3rd ID band in their annual concerts with the B-3 Hammond I still have. I also use three-six keyboards stacked around me. The band gets credits for my performances as they did when I was active duty.

Paul Rivers - US Army trumpet player said: February 12th, 2012 6:35 pm
Hey Lance Rouen, Nice to see your still surviving since '84. We had a blast riding mopeds around Ft Lee and drinking our ay to the tattoo shop. Hope life has treated you well. Joe Childs

Joe Childs said: February 12th, 2012 9:09 pm
To Paul Rivers: Pine Camp is now the site of Fort Drum, home of the 10th (MTN) Division. Just about all of the "temporary" white barracks are gone now although there are still some structures that date back to pre- WW II.

Larry Feller said: February 13th, 2012 7:42 pm
For all those that proudly served at the 392nd Army Band, Ft. Lee, Va. please check out my/our site. It is closely monitored, and all riff-raff will be blocked. https://www.facebook.com/groups/108109332103/ Tell us the dates you were there... and who your commander and First Sergeants were during your stay.

Robert J. Gruber said: February 16th, 2012 4:52 pm
For all those that served in the 2nd Inf. Div. Band, Korea, check out this site. https://www.facebook.com/groups/107643424795/ A great gathering place to meet old acquaintances.

Robert J. Gruber said: February 16th, 2012 4:57 pm
Paul Evangelista: Please e-mail me or Friend me on Face book. Would LOVE to hear from you!

Nick Mondello said: March 5th, 2012 7:40 pm
In the Northeast Naval DistrictBand, So Boston 1963-64. Richard Larson was director- looking for any and all mates who might have been in band with me

Ronald Vaughn said: March 6th, 2012 5:16 pm

My dad Charles Etter played trombone in the 4th ID Dance Band while stationed at Ft Ord, in the late 40's. If anyone played in that band or knew my dad, please contact me. I have a CD copy of a show recorded at Ft Ord and some photos as well that I would gladly send to anyone. It would be great to get in contact with anyone that played with him or knew him. My email is johnetter137@gmail.com

Chuck Etter's son John of the 4th ID Band Ft Ord said: March 16th, 2012 6:15 pm
Any of you Army alumni know what happened to Ken Geoghegan? Ken was a good friend of mine at SOM in Fall 1977, but I lost track of him after I was discharged in '81. Ken was a euphonium player and went to Ft. collins and Germany (band unknown). Any knowledge of his whereabouts would be greatly appreciated! -Jery Winters, MU3.

Jery Winters said: March 18th, 2012 11:46 am
To W. Robert Walker. My father,CWO Wilfred Hureau, passed away 4 years ago. He played violin in church right up to the end. His legacy lives on - I did 25 years in the AF Bands, ending up at the USAF Academy Band. I still remember Fort Hood...

Ed Hureau said: March 25th, 2012 7:04 pm
Reply to: Paul W Evangelista said: August 29th, 2011 11:13 am This is for John Stewart..... Remember these names; Ed Aguilar, Ed Ellis, Doug Paarman, Hank Kindell, and CWO Vinson? Ed Ellis was my best friend When I was A French Horn Player in the 29th in Okinawa 1970 & 71

Spc 5 Richard Ledbetter said: May 15th, 2012 10:25 am
Anyone on here from the 55th or 29th Army bands from 1968 to 1971?

Richard Ledbetter said: May 15th, 2012 10:28 am
Nice Web site good ideal!!

Gary McILwain said: May 26th, 2012 8:24 am
I have a picture on the back it say 254th AGF Band, Mineral Wells, Texas. Does anyone know where I can find information on them?

Gina Rice said: June 3rd, 2012 12:40 pm
Proudly served with the 22nd Army Band @ the OAKLAND ARMY base in Oakland, Ca. from 11/66 to 01/68, Tuba player .. (The band was disbanded) and I was assigned to the 4th Armored Division Band, Concert Band, and their Jazz Band as a Valve-Trombone player !! .. "I was acknowledged as the FIRST Valve-Trombone player" with the 4th Armored Division Band back in the late 60's !!

SP5 Frank Lombardo - Valve Trombone 02E20 said: June 5th, 2012 4:22 pm
I was in 97th Army Band at Ft. Sill, OK 1951-1953, Trombone and String Bass

Ernest Repass said: June 15th, 2012 2:32 pm
John Poole - piano with the 438th AB Ft. Lewis said: June 19th, 2012 12:31 am
Mike Barron (percussion) had a wonderful webpage for the 438th years ago. Jim Zimmerman-percussionist- steered me towards WO3 Jervis Beebee's obit. Whatever happened to German Lanclois? Master sergeant while I was in the 438th?

John Poole - piano with the 438th AB Ft. Lewis said: June 19th, 2012 12:31 am
John Reed 74th Army Band said: October 30th, 2009 8:54 pm
I had 3 assignments at the 74th ending in my retirement 12/88. I am trying to find as many alumni as I can to eventually have a reunion weekend sometime in the future in Indianapolis. Let me know when you were there and some names to track down.

John Reed 74th Army Band said: October 30th, 2009 8:54 pm
Thanks to whoever got this up and running. I've been making some contacts with my old Army Band buddies and hope to find more! Still playing after all these years! I play Bass Trombone in several big bands in the Dallas Ft Worth area and went on to play professionally in a rock band called "Hired Help" in Germany and a variety Club Band called "Brave Men" in Florida. Don Myers

Spec 4 Don Myers- 3rd AD 1977-79
Congratulations on being among the finest musicians in the world. Just ask Doc Severenson, or Cannonball Adderly or John Coltrane. All US military musician alumni. Also heres a Special god bless to our departed brother Paul Johnson. Oboeist and Flute with the 6th US Army Band San Francisco, CA Rest in Peace Brother. Stew...

John Cameron Stewart
Mike Barron (percussion) had a wonderful webpage for the 438th years ago. Jim Zimmerman-percussionist- steered me towards WO3 Jervis Beebee's obit. Whatever happened to German Lanclois? Master sergeant while I was in the 438th?

John Poole - piano with the 438th AB Ft. Lewis

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