A tradition of excellence began in 1907 when the band was organized at Brattleboro as the 1st Infantry Band, later becoming part of the 172nd Infantry, 43rd Division. During World War II, the band served with the 43rd Division in the South Pacific. The band distinguished itself in both its musical and combat abilities. The unit received campaign streamers for participation in an amphibious landing under fire in the Northern Solomons and for participation in the battle for Luzon. After the war, the band was briefly reorganized as the 43rd Division Band before coming by its present title in March 1947 at Rutland.

The band has been stationed at various locations throughout Vermont; Rutland (1947-1954), Proctor (1954-1964), and Burlington (1964-1990). Currently, the band enjoys its home station in their custom-designed, state-of-the-art facilities in the Green Mountain Armory at Camp Johnson in Colchester.

The band occasionally ventures beyond Vermont’s borders for special training and performance missions. In 1979 and 1985, the unit performed at the request of Vermont’s Congressional Delegation in Washington, D.C., entertaining visitors on the steps of the Capitol and the Ellipse in front of the White House.

In May 1990, the band was invited to play at the International Alpini Reunion Festival in Verona, Italy. As the only band representing the United States, The 40th Army Band led the festival parade before an audience of over one million spectators. The President of Italy and many government officials were present at the reviewing stand as the band thrilled the crowd with “National Emblem”.

The band journeyed south to Fort Clayton, Panama in 1995, to Fort Huachuca, Arizona in 2005, and to Ft. McPherson, Georgia in 2010 where it replaced active Army bands each time for two weeks of concerts and military ceremonies.

The 40th Army Band is one of the Vermont National Guard’s Quick Reaction Force teams. The unit was activated in May 2011 for “Operation Waterlog” and transported first responders and citizens through high water areas during the flood that impacted Barre, Vermont. In August 2011 the band was again activated for “Operation Green Mountain Spirit” to assist with the Tropical Storm Irene response efforts. During the 11 day activation the Band assisted with transporting first responders through high water areas, establishing a commodities (food, water, cots, blankets) distribution point, and transporting commodities to West Weathersfield, Quechee, West Hartland, Northfield and Moretown.

The band’s members pursue varied civilian occupations including careers in the fields of technology, law, medicine, sales, construction, education and governmental public service.

In addition to performing in concerts and in parades all across the Green Mountain State, the 40th Army Band has had the honor of performing at the arrival ceremonies for the President of Macedonia in 2009 and the President of Senegal in 2010. The Brass Ensemble played the National Anthem at Fenway Park for the Boston Red Sox in 2010 and 2011. First Lady Michelle Obama visited Vermont in 2011 and received a musical welcome from the 40th Army Band’s Ira Allen Jazz Combo. The Ceremonial Band has also performed the National Anthem for the NASCAR race in Loudon, New Hampshire in 2012.

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