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History

Summary

The United States Army Training and Doctrine Command Band can trace its roots to the Band, 2nd Coast Artillery, which was originally organized April 30, 1931 and transferred from Panama to Fort Monroe. On October 1, 1944, the 2nd Coast Artillery Regiment became the 2nd Coast Artillery Battalion.

Following World War II the Coast Artillery was abolished and the band of the 2nd Coast Artillery School was re-designated as the 69th Army Ground Forces Band on May 12, 1944. This band was transferred with the Coast Artillery School to California in May 1946. The Army Ground Forces Band, which is now the Army Field Band, was present for the opening of Army Ground Forces headquarters at Fort Monroe on October 1, 1946, but apparently was returned to Fort George G. Meade shortly thereafter.

The 50th Army Ground Forces band was constituted and activated October 18, 1945 at Fort George G. Meade. It was transferred October 19, 1945 to Camp Pickett and back to Fort Meade on April 16, 1946. It was transferred to Fort Monroe on November 14, 1946.

On May 15, 1947 the 50th Army Ground Forces Band was re-designated the 50th Army Band.

On June 24, 1972 the band was re-designated the United States Continental Army Band. It served as the band for the United States Army Continental Army Command (CONARC) - which was prior to the Forces Command and Training and Doctrine Command separation. The band was later re-designated the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) on February 15, 2006.

After its transfer in November of 1946, the 50th Army Band - that is the direct lineage of the current TRADOC Band, remained on Fort Monroe until June 24, 2011, when it was transferred to Fort Eustis, Virginia as part of the Base Realignment and Closure Act (BRAC) of 2005 which ultimately closed Fort Monroe as an Army garrison on September 15, 2011.

Today, under the flag of the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, the band continues the long and proud heritage of service established by the 2nd Coast Artillery Band. The band’s mission is to provide music for HQ, TRADOC’s areas of interest by fostering soldier and family morale, “Telling the Army Story” to the civilian community, providing support for recruiting initiatives, conducting educational outreach programs, and supporting the strategic messages of the CG, TRADOC.




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