The 44th Army Band is the "Musical Military Ambassador" to the State of New Mexico. Our roots can be traced back to the "New Mexico Volunteers" around 1590. We have served during significant periods of the nation’s history, most notably during World War II as the 200th Coast Artillery Band. On April 9th of 1942, the band was surrendered to the Japanese and forced to march in Corregidor and on the Bataan Peninsula thus earning their name "The Battling Bastards of Bataan." The band was deactivated in the 60's and remained inactive until the late 70's when we activated as the 44th Army Band.

In 2011, the band deployed a small musical support team consisting of an odd instrumentation of only 6 musicians to Kosovo where they actively performed throughout the military and civilian communities of Kosovo. They integrated and performed with their National Symphony, performed and conducted music education classes in their public and private schools, performed for numerous NATO countries, their own NMNG soldiers as well as other soldiers from many other states located on Camp Bondsteel and other camps located throughout Kosovo. During a 5 month time frame, they performed more than 60 performance based missions. The rear detachment in NM continued to maintain a heavy performance based mission in the state and trained in a state wide training exercise in the summer of 2012.

In 2017, the band had a home stationed AT, focused on developing both their soldier and music skills, and overall mission and individual readiness.

Today, the 44th Army Band’s primary musical mission is to support our troops and assist with local public and foreign relations around the world. The band consists of a full concert band known as "The Battling Bastards of Bataan," as well as the following small music ensembles: "Ballistic Brass" Brass Ensemble; "Mariachi Nuevo Mexico” a Mariachi Ensemble; "M-9 Sax Pistols" Saxophone Quintet; "Green Chile" Rock Ensemble; "Zia Winds" Woodwind Quintet.

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