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135TH ARMY BAND
 SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI -

History

Summary

The 135th Army Band traces its history back to November 3rd, 1876 when it was organized in the Missouri Militia at Springfield (Missouri) as the Springfield Rifles (also known as the Springfield Light Guard). The unit underwent many changes, as outlined in the 135th Army Band's Lineage, for over 70 years until it was finally converted, reorganized, and Federally recognized on November 13th, 1947 as the 35th Infantry Division Band (Springfield, Missouri). The 135th Army Band participated in campaigns in both World War I and World War II. On April 1st, 1963 it was reorganized as the 135th Army Band and relieved from assignment with 35th Infantry Division. The band has remained in Springfield, Missouri since 1963 as a component of the Missouri Army National Guard and has provided musical support to its Citizens, Veterans, and Soldiers proudly for over 50 years. The 135th Army Band has also provided musical support outside of the State of Missouri and has performed in Hawaii, Germany, Alaska, as well as several other states within the Continental United States of America.


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