The band of the South Dakota Army National Guard was first formed in 1885 as part of the Dakota Territory Militia. At that time the band was known as the Second Regiment Band and was based in Canton, Dakota Territory. In 1898 and 1899 the band, as part of the First South Dakota Infantry, United States Volunteers, took part in the conflict known as the Philippine Insurrection.

The band as the Fourth Regiment Band served on the Mexican Border in 1916 and, in 1917 the band was activated for World War I as the band of the 147th Field Artillery. The 147th Field Artillery, including the band, served in France as part of the American Expeditionary Force.

The 147th Army Band was organized and federally recognized 30 December 1921 as Band, Service Battery, 147th Field Artillery. On 1 July 1940 the unit was redesignated as Band, 147th Field Artillery and again reorganized and became 147th Army Band on 20 January 1944. The band was activated and served in WWII. During its active duty time, the band was stationed in (among other places) Australia.

The 147th was inactivated on 31 May 1946 at Yokohama, Japan only to be reorganized on 22 November 1946 as the 147th Army Ground Forces Band in the South Dakota National Guard at Mitchell. On 17 May 1947 the band became the 147th Army Band. Campaign credits from WWII are displayed on the company guidon. They are for participation in: East Indies, New Guinea, and Luzon. The streamer on the guidon is the Phillippine Presidential Unit Citation, embroidered 17 OCTOBER 1944 TO 4 JULY 1945.

The 147th has seen overseas deployments to Guatemala in 1991, Panama in 1996 and Nicaragua in 2002. The band performs for military and civilian functions throughout South Dakota and the Region. The band is made up of musicians age 17 to 60 from all walks of life.

In addition to the Concert Band and Ceremonial Band the 147th Army Band is comprised of five Music Performance Teams: SGT Rock, FTX, Drive On, Black Ops, and Mission Essential Brass who each play their individual style of popular music.

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