The 440th Army Band has served as the State’s National Guard Band under several designations since the early 1900’s. The Band was activated in World War II as the 30th Infantry Division Band along with the rest of the North Carolina National Guard as the “Old Hickory Division.” The Band served with distinction landing on the beach at Normandy and fighting in the Battle of the Bulge for which the band carries honors awarded by France and Belgium.

The Band was re-designated the 440th Army Band in 1973. The Band performs for troops and their families and for the citizens of North Carolina at ceremonies, public concerts, and parades. As the 440th Army Band, the Band has performed two concert tours in the Virgin Islands, and toured Guatemala, Morocco, Costa Rica, and Italy. Since September 11, 2001 the Band has performed over 500 ceremonies for deploying and returning North Carolina National Guardsmen and their families.

The 440th Army Band is comprised of citizen soldiers who in civilian life are college students, educators, business men and women, and professional people. The Band has earned numerous awards including Outstanding North Carolina National Guard unit and has earned the Eisenhower trophy three times as an outstanding Army unit.

In 2008 Chief Warrant Officer/CW2 Brent M. Harvey became the commander of the 440th Army Band. In civilian life, Mr. Harvey is a Professor of Music at Winston-Salem State University, Low Brass Instructor and also teaches at Pfeiffer University in Charlotte, NC. Mr. Harvey actively performs with the Tubas in The Sun Tuba Quartet, Little Apple Big Band, and is principal B-Flat chair in the North Carolina Brass Band.

In 2013, CW2 Harvey’s journey with the band had come to a close. After the departure of CW2 Harvey, the 440th band received its 5th commander. The 440th currently has 34 members and is now commanded by Chief Warrant Officer/CW2 Linda R. Horton. CW2 Horton is the first Female and African-American commander of the 440th Army Band. In her civilian life, she is supervisor for the North Carolina National Guard’s Human Resource Office.

In 2016 Chief Warrant Officer/CW4 Mark B. Cummings became the commander of the 440th Army Band. Thus making him the 6th Commander of the unit. Mr. Cummings started his National Guard career in the 440th Army Band many years ago. In civilian life, Mr. Cummings is enjoying his retirement living with his Wife in Douglasville, GA.

In 2019, CW4 Cummings would move on to different duties within the North Carolina Army National Guard making room for a new commander, to lead and guide the 440th Army Band into a bright future. In May of 2019, The 440th Army Band would name its 7th Commander Warrant Officer 1/WO1 Megan Williams.

The Mission of Army Bands has changed over the past decade. The need for smaller units with flexibility and variety in use developed a modular structure within Army Bands. Although our Concert Band still performs, the majority of our missions are supported with Music Performance Teams. (MPTs).

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