The First Cavalry Division Band was constituted the Band of the 2nd Cavalry on March 3rd, 1855. Organized at Camp Verde, Texas in 1856, it participated in the War Against the Comanche. Redesignated in 1856, the band campaigned in the Civil War and was present at Bull Run, Antietam, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Cold Harbor, and Appomattox. The unit disbanded in 1866 and reorganized at Camp Sedgewick in Washington D. C. In 1869, the band participated in the Indian Wars against the Sioux, Cheyenne, Utes, and Apache, as well as General Pershing’s Mexican Expeditionary Force.

The band evolved into its modern form on June 3rd, 1945. It was formed from the battle-scarred remains of three regimental bands--the 5th Cavalry Regimental Band, the 7th Cavalry Regimental Band, and the 1st Cavalry Division Artillery Band. Stationed in Japan, this new band was present from World War II through the Korean War. Serving at several different posts, the band enhanced morale, and promoted American popular music to both U.S. troops and the Japanese during post war occupations. Since World War II the “First Team” Band has participated in the war efforts in Korea and Vietnam, as well as Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm and during Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia. The band also deployed with the division to Germany for Reforger '83 and Reforger ‘87.

While serving with Task Force Eagle, the “First Team” Band helped boost division morale during the holiday season, as well as spread goodwill throughout the civilian community. The band participated with the 1st Cavalry Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom II, Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08, Operation Iraqi Freedom 09-10, and most recently returned from it first deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 11-12.

Presently, the first team band is a modern professional organization, trained and equipped to perform in a multitude of configurations, from soloists to a formal concert band, to support a wide variety of events. The band's modern day mission is to provide music throughout the spectrum of operations and instill in our Soldiers the will to fight and win, to foster the support of our citizens, and to promote our national interests at home and abroad.

Today, the “First Team” Band continues to promote the traditions and spirit of the cavalry, "wherever it performs."

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