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EIGHTH ARMY BAND
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History

Summary

The Eighth Army Band began its proud history of service to the nation on 1 July 1916, when it was constituted as the Band Section, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 35th Infantry Regiment. The Band was organized on 8 July 1916 at Douglas, Arizona.

The 35th Infantry Regiment Band was assigned to the 18th Infantry Division on 7 August 1918, and served with them until 14 February 1919. The 35th Infantry Regiment served in Hawaii from October 1922 until August 1941, when the Band was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division.

During World War II, the Band served in the Pacific Theater and participated in Central Pacific and Guadalcanal campaigns.

The Band was reorganized and designated on 1 June 1944 as the 124th Army Ground Forces Band. The Band became the 124th Army Band on 1 June 1947.

The Band was again reorganized and designated on 8 November 1950 as the 8th Army Band, and assigned to the Republic of Korea. The Band participated in numerous campaigns during the Korean War, earning several decorations for its service. The Soldiers of the 8th Army Band proudly wear the Meritorious Unit Commendation and the Presidential Unit Citation, which were awarded to the unit between 1951 and 1953.

The present edition of the 8th Army Band consists of 58 highly trained Soldier-Musicians. The Band is capable of performing everything from traditional military marches, to chamber music, as well as the latest country, pop, rock, and jazz tunes.

The 8th Army Band continues in the proud tradition started over 90 years ago. While serving their country in the Republic of Korea, the Band truly is “Freedom’s Ambassador’s”, providing motivational musical entertainment to American Soldiers and their Families and to all of United States Forces Korea.


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