History of the United States Army Materiel Command Band

The U.S. Army Materiel Command Band was constituted on 15 January 1944 as the 389th Army Band, and was activated the following week at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey.

The AMC Band has direct ties to the U.S. Army Signal Corps Band and the 13th Cavalry Regimental Band, though it does not carry their lineage and honors. The 13th Cavalry Band was organized at Fort Meade, South Dakota on 24 May, 1901. It served at various posts and camps world wide before arriving at Fort Monmouth in August of 1930.

In 1916, while on international border patrol, the 13th Cavalry band saw action against Francisco “Poncho” Villa’s guerrillas in Columbus, New Mexico. Although the band received nine casualties, Poncho Villa’s casualties numbered one-hundred ninety two.

In late August 1930, shortly after its move to Ft. Monmouth, the 13th Cavalry Regimental Band was formally inactivated and retired. In the same month the U.S Army Signal Corps Band was activated and received personnel and equipment from the 13th Cavalry Band.

In January 1944 the Signal Corps Band was inactivated and the 389th Army Band was formed and activated. It likewise inherited personnel and equipment from the Signal Corps Band.

During World War II, the 389th Army Band was the motivating factor in a campaign that sold more than one million dollars in war bonds for the war effort, earning the band the Meritorious Unit Commendation, 1944-1945.

In its fiftieth year of existence, the AMC Band was transferred to Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland (APG). In August of 2005, the band earned the Army Superior Award for exceptional service in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

On 16 August 2006, Chief, Force Structure and Unit History Branch conferred upon the 389th Army Band the distinctive designation of “U.S. Army Materiel Command Band.” This designation directly associates the band with AMC Headquarters and all of the 65,000 Army Materiel Command military and civilian personnel stationed worldwide.

The AMC Band supports the Army Materiel Command Headquarters, ten AMC Major Subordinate Commands, AMC installations worldwide, Aberdeen Proving Ground Garrison and 20 tenant organizations on APG, including the U.S. Army Ordnance Center and School.

The wide geographical footprint of the AMC Enterprise directly shapes the expeditionary qualities the band must employ. With its five Music Support Teams and combined capabilites, the unit performs over 200 times each year throughout the country and overseas in support of AMC assets, as well as for local military and civilian community functions. Over the past five years the AMC Band has deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, bringing music to those forward deployed in Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Afghanistan.

Department of the Army
Lineage and Honors

389th Army Band
(United States Army Materiel Command Band)

Constituted 15 January 1944 in the Army of the United States as the
389th Army Band
Activated 21 January 1944 at Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey
Re-designated 11 March 1944 as the 389th Army Service Forces Band
Re-designated 11 March 1046 as the 389th Band
Re-designated 7 May 1947 as the 389th Army Band
Allotted 19 November 1951 to the Regular Army
Conferred Distinctive Unit Designation of U.S. Army Materiel Command Band
16 August 2006


IRAQ - Transition of Iraq


Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered

Army Superior Unit Award, 2004

Iraq Campaign Streamer, 2004

Safety Excellence, 2009

Brigadier General, USA
The Adjutant General

Shoulder Sleeve Insignia

Distinctive Unit Insignia