234th Army Band
History and Mission

American military bands have been present since colonial days. Prior to the
signing of the Declaration of Independence, colonial soldiers marched to the
sound of fife and drum. Later, in the Civil War, soldiers depended on
musicians to entertain them, position them in battle, and spur them on to
victory. Military bands play at both military and civilian official
functions, entertain American troops worldwide, assist community relations
between civilian and military, and have been decorated for their performance
in battle.
On June 20, 1919, "Oregon's Own" band was organized and federally recognized
as the Band Section, Service Company, 162d Infantry Regiment. The band
remained a part of the 162d Infantry Regiment until 1940. The band was
inducted into Federal service on September 16, 1940 in Portland. Band
members saw service in the South Pacific and received campaign participation
credit for the Luzon, New Guinea and Southern Philippines campaigns. After
receiving the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation for service during World
War II, the band was deactivated in 1946 on Okinawa, and redesignated the
234th Army Band on May 17, 1947. At that time, the 234th was organized and
federally recognized in Portland OR, and attached to the state militia. Over
the years, since 1947, the band has provided musical support for Oregon
troops, toured the state, and entertained many Oregonians.
The mission of an Army band is to "provide music throughout the spectrum of
military operations to instill in our forces the will to fight and win,
foster the support of our citizens, and promote our national interests at
home and abroad." (Army Regulation 220-90)
There are many ways in which the 234th Army Band carries out this mission.
On a regular basis, the band provides musical support at military functions,
such as Military Academy graduations, change of command ceremonies, parades,
and mobilization and demobilization ceremonies. Between brass quintet
performances, funerals that call for a bugler, and ceremonial band missions,
the 234th continues to be a busy unit. In TY10, the 234th Army Band was recognized as having the highest operational tempo in the reserve band system.

The 234th has also performed for gubernatorial inaugurations,
opening ceremonies for the Oregon State Fair and State Games of Oregon, and
dedication ceremonies for the Veteran's Hospital. In 2005, soldiers from the
234th Army Band deployed to Louisiana to assist those who experienced the
devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Among the band's favorite assignments is
presenting music to communities throughout Oregon.

After 26 years of being stationed at the Portland Air National Guard Base, effective 26 October, 2011, the 234th Army Band’s station was official changed to the newly constructed 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center at Camp Withycombe. 15300 SE Industrial Way, Clackamas, OR.

The 234th Army Band is truly "Oregon's Own."

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