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thomas wymer
Greetings. I was in the 1 AD Army band (Ansbach, FRG), 283rd Army Band (Ft Benning), 116th Army Band (NG)(Atlanta), and 313th Army Band (USAR) (Birmingham) Been very blessed being with some really great people, great bands, and great times.
Loren R. Knapp
I was very fortunate to be assigned to the 541st U.S.A.F. Band at Luke AFB in Arizona (Near Phoenix). Especially since I was from Tucson..120 miles away. I was able to side-step re-assignment orders twice. Once to Germany and once to Alaska. I stayed at Luke for 4 years from 1966-1970. I played Clarinet and Sax. I have my dear mother to thank for keeping me out of Nam. Practice..practice and more practice.
Ed Knox
Howdy! I was with the 82nd Army Band in Stuttgart, from Oct '73 'til March of '75. Then to Huntsville Alabama's 55th Army Band until later that same year, when I went to the SOM for Brass Group Leader School. Finished out my time at the 101st Airborne Division Band, Ft. Campbell, KY.
David Worrall
Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force Band 1982. Graduated US Armed Forces School of Music EBL 1988. Only Air Force member to do so ever I believe. Commander and MD of our Air Command Band 1988-2001. Retirement in Jan 16 as most senior Air Force musician in our history.
John Moody US Army
Noah was my 1SG when I was with the 8th ID Band in Germany. He, as well as myself , got a 'European Out'. Last time I saw him was in Bad Kreuznach Germany in 2001 right before we returned to the USA. I looked for him when I was there earlier this year on vacation but had no luck locating him.
myra byrd
I was the 1st female in the 282nd Army Band, Ft. Jackson, SC; 1974 - 1976. Looking to reconnect with Noah Gaines SFC, Retired. Tbone and trumpet. Tours in Germany, Kentucky, Ft. Hood. Anybody w/info please contact me.
Jeff Smurthwaite
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.
Tim Harr
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...
Burt M. Crume
I was piano player with 3rd ID Band in Wurzburg from early 67 through early 69. Interesting times for a draftee. I signed on for an extra year to go to Army Broadcasting School in New Rochelle, NY, and was sent to SOM for seven months then to Wurzburg until April of 69. The experience changed my life...for the better, I think. (I figured I would go to Viet Nam like so many of my friends, so I wanted to learn broadcasting...) I have many pictures from those days since I was taking photo classes from Fritz in the Service...
Bill Runyan-trombonist in the 6th US Army Band, Presidio of San Francisco
I was in the 6th Army Band at the Presidio of San Francisco for three years (1968-1971). Played trombone and euphonium and must have seen literally hundreds go through that band, while only Carl Leach (trumpet) and I hung around waiting for orders that never came. Knew lots of fine guys and great musicians. Some of my closer friends were Danny Garvin, Bill Holst, Carl Christensen, Carl Leach, Howard Pink, Ed Kennedy, Tom Caples, Tom VanArsdel, and others. Had a great time there, during difficult times for the nation. Learned a lot that helped greatly during my later years in...
Luise von Kuenheim
I am searching for my father, he was stationed in Germany-ASCHAFFENBURG 1956/1957 in the 3rd AD (Spearhead) in GRAVES BARRACKS. I have no name, but I was told that he played trumpet (maybe french horn), liked music very much and dancing. If somebody knows about my father from that time in Aschaffenburg, please let me know, I would be very grateful! Thanks in advance, Luisa
Rudy Grossi
Rudy Grossi. Hello, I was in the 541st Air Force Band when it was at Luke AF Base in Phoenix AZ from 1972-1976. I was a woodwind player then (mostly alto saxophone). I am still playing, usually three nights a week with rehearsal bands. If anyone was in the band then I would like to hear from you. I can be contacted at rudygrossi@yahoo.com
Bob Davis
drafted 1964, played sax in 1st Army Band then 326th Army Band both NYC. Good duty. Good to be out. Got out in mid 1967 just in time for the riots in Newark NJ where I had a temporary job at Ballentine Brewery Best regards
Tom Hayes Jr.
Looking for old photo's and memories from my Fathers years in the Army Band, he served '61-82 initially stationed with the 80th in Ft Stewart and retired in '81 at Ft Gordon. He entered playing Trumpet and switched to Fr Horn after a few years. SFC Thomas Hayes, Sr (US Army Retired)
Greg von Buchau
Drafted in1963. Sent to Ft Ord for basic. I had been playing Bass in various night clubs around the SF bay area and I guess they needed a Bass player for combos that played enlisted mens and officers clubs. Next thing I know I'm being called over to the Band for an audition. Sgt asks me if I can play an instrument I can march with and I tell him I played a little Trumpet as a kid. Viola MOS 021 and in the Band I go.. Got orders for 7th Division Band in Korea but got the measles two...
Lawrence A. (Larry) Devron
Greetings to all who served with The Third Army Band or "The Third U.S. Army Band". We have been successful in having a recording made by The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own (The U.S. Army Concert Band) on 6 NOV 2013 of the original "Third Army March" composed by the late CWO Gregorio A. Diaz and "Respectfully dedicated to Lt. Gen. George S. Patton, Jr. and the officers and men who served with the Third U.S. Army" 10th April 1945. A link to the Third Army Tribute site: http://www.pattonthirdarmy.com/3rdarmyband.html A great article and an MP3 are available under the title...
Ralph Gregory
My Father was in the second division chorus in 1963 which happened to include the great Allen Toussaint, and I am trying to find anyone who has copies of these pictures. He said there was an album cover made with the whole chorus which included separate pictures of him and Mr. Toussaint off to the side, and I would really like to surprise him with this as a gift to replace his lost one. There is a copy of this photo on Amazon, and although I can tell that the tall male to the Lt. right is my father, I...
Carol Wilson Heim
This is to Gina Rice inquiring about Mineral Wells, Texas. I lived there during the Vietnam war. I worked as a civilian in the Comptroller's office. The army base was Ft. Wolters, Texas and was a primary helicopter training base and also training for Chief Warrant Officers (CWO). There is a website for Ft. Wolters, Tx and you might could find the information you are looking for through their website.
Ron Pretzer
I played in the 74th Army Band at Fort Harrison from July 1967 to April 1969. I played clarinet and often wonder if anybody is still around that was there at that time. I was in the 266th army band in Vietnam from April 1969 to April 1970. If anyone was in either of these bands then, please let me know how you are doing now.
Sebastian (Sebby) Papa
Enlisted in the Army right after I graduated New Britain, CT High School. Took Basic Training & Band School in Petersburg, VA. Shipped to Bremerhaven , Germany. Put on train to Assmanshausen. Auditioned & assigned to the 298th AGF Band in The American Sector of Berlin, Germany. Also in the band was the great Chet Baker. Discharged in 1948 after 18 month enlistment.
Sebastian (Sebby) Papa
Served in the 298th AGF Band in 1947 with Bob Badgely & Chet Baker along with Dennis Richard. After discharge atarted my own Big Dance Band; www.sebbypapabigband.com. Played trumpet & flugelhorn. My trumpetwas given to me by Conrad Gozzo's father. Gold plated French LeBalanc from paris, France. Also played by Al Hirt.
John Moss
Was with the 3rd MAW Band at El Toro from 1975 - 1978. Would love to hear from anybody else from that unit.
Ken Bolden
I was at the Army Element / Naval School of Music Sept 1970. Was assigned to the 282nd Army Band in Feb.1971 as a percussionist. Served with the Soldier Show Band at Ft.McPherson,Ga. in Aug,1971 and back to the 282nd in Jan.1972. Served with the 8th ID Band in Bad Kreuznach, Germany from Aug,1972- March 1973. Went back to school at Georgia State University to study for degrees in Commercial Music/ Recording and Masters of Art in Music Education. Worked in the recording industry at Arista, EMI, and Capitol/Blue Note Records. Would like to hear from some of the guys...
Albert Mason - 3rd Armored Division Band - Spearhead Division 69 thru 70
My 2 years in the band were some of the best times anyone could have and some of the best people you could ever hope to meet. If everyone in the world played an instrument we'd probably get along a whole lot better because music seems to bring out the best in all of us.
Mike Beegle USN
Great job! I don't know the name of the person responsible for putting this together but I see a LOT of hard word and dedication. Thanks you for the preserving the rich history of Military Music.