History of the 43rd Army Band. (See also Lineage)

a. The mission of the Band is to provide musical entertainment for the morale of soldiers and support the local communities when possible. The Band has a wide range of musical capabilities from: Ceremonial band, Marching band, Concert band, Dance band, Stage band, Combo, and a variety of small musical groups. The band is comprised of some 50 "citizen soldier" musicians from Lincoln and the surrounding area. Many of the members are students, music teachers, or otherwise associated with the music field in their civilian pursuits.

b. The 43rd Army Band is the only musical unit of the Nebraska National Guard and represents the National Guard at a variety of civilian and official military functions throughout the State of Nebraska. The Band performs at parades, concerts, dances, and receptions for military dignitaries as well as musical variety shows. The 43rd Army Band represented the State of Nebraska in the 1973 Presidential Inaugural Parade for President Nixon and again in 1989 for President Bush's Inaugural Parade. The 43rd Army Band replaces an Active Duty Army Band during their two weeks of annual training at least every three years. During alternate annual training periods, they perform concert tours throughout the State for the civilian communities or provide entertainment to the Nebraska Army National Guard units during their annual training. The band is comprised of “citizen-soldier” musicians from Lincoln and the surrounding area, some soldiers have traveled as far as Texas and California to train and perform with the 43rd. Even though the 43rd Army Band is a part time Army band and only operates about 48 days out of the year, it continues to rank among the best of all Army Bands in the country. The 43rd Army Band has had the privilege of performing at the West Point Military Academy, New York(1986); Fort Sam Houston,Texas Bandmasters Association,San Antonio, Texas(1999); School of Music, Little Creek Naval Station, Norfolk Naval Base, Ft. Monroe, Ft. Lee, Ft. Eustis, Virginia(2001 & 2004); Tompkin Barracks, Brackenheim, Erbach, Mannheim, Heidelberg, Kaiserslautern, Wiesbaden, Schwetzigen, Germany(2002); Mount Rushmore, Keystone, South Dakota(2005).

Since 2006, the 43rd Army Band has performed in Ainsworth, Albion, Alliance, Arapahoe, Auburn, Benkelman, Blair, Broken Bow, Burwell, Chadron, Columbus, Crawford, Crete, Dodge, Falls City, Fort Robinson, Fremont, Genoa, Gering, Gordon, Grand Island, Hastings, Henderson, Holdrege, Howells, Imperial, Kearney, Lexington, Lincoln, Manley, McCook, Milford, Milligan, Minden, Nebraska City, Norfolk, North Platte, Ogallala, Omaha, Oxford, Paxton, Pender, Peru, Pierce, Ponca, Rushville, Seward, Stromsburg, Tecumseh, Tekamah, Unadilla, Wahoo, Wayne, Mount Rushmore, Keystone, South Dakota(2008) and Cheyenne, Wyoming(2008); Schofield Barracks, Waikiki, Honolulu, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii(2009); Fort Carson and Peterson AFB, Colorado Springs, Colorado(2012); GTS(Greenlief Training Site) Hastings, Henderson, York, NE(2013); Stanton, Norfolk, Wayne, South Sioux City, Pender, Columbus, Pierce, Red Cloud(2014);Chadron, Scottsbluff/Gering, Bridgeport, Alliance, Holdredge, Hastings, St. Paul(2015).

c. Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the United States, several members of the 43rd Army Band were called to active duty on February 17, 2002 in support of the Homeland Security Force, providing armed security to airports, training sites and military facilities.

d. July 13, 2002 the 43rd Army Band extend their tour with a deployment overseas to Tompkin Barracks, Schwetzigen, Germany. The 43rd supported several change of commands for V Corps and several community relations performance throughout southern Germany(Brackenheim, Erbach, Mannheim, Heidelberg, Kaiserslautern, Wiesbaden). The unit was deployed to Germany to backfill the United States Army European Band.

e. Two of our 43rd soldiers volunteered to deploy with the 402nd MP Battalion in July 2010 - January 2012. Our soldiers have safely returned and we are glad to have them back.

f. Setting high standards, the 43rd Army Band, in 1991, became the first National Guard/Reserve band to enter the international competition for, and receive, the Colonel George S. Howard Citation of Musical Excellence which is awarded by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. The 43rd is the only Army element to receive the Howard award a total of nine times: 1991, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016. The 43rd became the first Army Band to receive the Chief of Staff, Army Supply Excellence Award in 1998,1999, 2005 and 2006. Other military awards include the Colonel Don Hatten Award for Supply Excellence in 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2008; the Army National Guard Bureau Superior Unit Award in 1964, 1966, 1967, 1970, 1971, 1986-89, 1992, 1993, 2000, 2001 and 2002; the Eisenhower Trophy Most Outstanding Company in 1964, 1966-67, 1970-71, 1986, 1989, 1992-93 and 2001; and the National Guard Bureau John J. Pershing Trophy in 1949 and 1988.

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