44th Army Band

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Operating as usual

07/26/2020

Join us as we continue our virtual music series! Since we are unable to go on the road and perform for you all, we are happily providing music videos to you online! Today we present the 44th Army Band Jazz Collective. Enjoy! Check us out on YouTube as well: https://youtu.be/loxCOgThMH4

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07/04/2020
Virtual Fourth of July Concert

Happy Fourth of July!
We can't come play in your community this summer, but you can watch us wherever you are!
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"New Mexico's Own" 44th Army Band celebrates the Fourth of July, 2020 online! The Star-Spangled Banner Funkytown Blues March Burnin' Love Armed Forces Medley...

Our virtual concert will be uploaded to our YouTube channel shortly. In the meantime, come join us here: https://www.you...
07/04/2020
44th Army Band

Our virtual concert will be uploaded to our YouTube channel shortly. In the meantime, come join us here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHDI-9aX4SKakBbrcw_XvOQ and watch some of our previous videos. Subscribe and click the bell icon to get notifications from "New Mexico's Own" 44th Army Band

The official YouTube of the 44th Army Band The mission of Army bands is to provide music throughout the spectrum of military operations to instill in our for...

06/30/2020

What do you all think of our videos so far?! We would love to be performing for you live, but, with practicing safety measures amongst ourselves and others, we are only able to meet virtually and are able to provide you with some entertainment! What would you like to hear? Give us your feedback, we’d love to hear from you!!

06/14/2020
The Army Song! by the 44th Army Band

Happy 245th Birthday, U.S. Army!
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The Army Song! by "New Mexico’s Own" 44th Army Band Green Chile Rock SSG Cheryl Torres, NCOIC CPT Silas Huff, guitars and vocals SFC Chris Campbell, saxophon...

05/25/2020
Armed Forces Service Medley

Today we honor the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice with a first ever virtual collaboration of the Armed Forces Medley.

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https://youtu.be/D2L-6z81nzc

Please join us in honoring all the men and women, past and present, who have served in our armed forces!

05/24/2020
Armed Forces Service Medley

Please join us Monday morning in honoring all the men and women, past and present, who have served in our armed forces!

https://youtu.be/D2L-6z81nzc

Please join us in honoring all the men and women, past and present, who have served in our armed forces!

05/21/2020

Watch our latest video! With Memorial Day around the corner, we dedicate this video to the women of WWII - WAC - Women's Army Corps!

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615th Transportation Battalion
05/15/2020

615th Transportation Battalion

615th Task Force Raging Bull Soldiers of the (Las Cruces Team, 1-200th IN BN, 44th Army Band and I Co) lead by 2LT Isabella Gonzalez and SSG Orlando Guerrero are a critical part of our mission. Together they travel hundreds of miles daily to deliver PPE, test kits and specimens for the southwest region of the state, serving many communities like Las Cruces, Deming, Silver City and Lordsburg.

#InThisTogetherNM
#NMNG
#AlwaysReadyAlwaysThere

44th Army Band
05/04/2020

44th Army Band

05/03/2020
Border Song

Join New Mexico's Own in their rendition of Elton John's Border Song. Featuring SSG Rebekah Delgado - Albuquerque, NM and SSG Cheryl Torres - Ouray, CO.

https://youtu.be/WHJBTeNFpnE

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CU Boulder College of Music
04/21/2020

CU Boulder College of Music

In 2017, Captain Silas Huff left his active duty army conductor job to pursue a DMA in orchestra conducting at the College of Music under the guidance of Professor Gary Lewis. After leaving the active duty Army, he had an opportunity to become the commander of the 44th Army Band, "New Mexico's Own" Army National Guard Band.

When the COVID-19 pandemic broke in March, the state of New Mexico put out a call to all of its citizen-soldiers looking for volunteers to support the effort to slow the spread of the virus and to help people affected by the disaster. We learned that Captain Huff was involved in these efforts and reached out to learn more. Here's what he shared with us:

"Ten musicians from the band volunteered for this 30-day mission, which has since turned into a 75-day mission. The 44th Army Band offered more volunteers than any other unit in the state of New Mexico!

"Since March 14th, these soldier-musicians have executed hundreds of missions to deliver food to food banks and children who usually get their lunches at school, as well as medical supplies to hospitals and emergency operation centers all over this enormous state. The beginning of this activation was pretty chaotic. Some of us were stationed in the COVID-19 hotline call center answering calls from people who needed food and supplies, lost their jobs, didn't know where to get tested, etc. Some of my troops ended up driving big rig trucks all over the state of New Mexico. Others were operating forklifts and moving pallets of food onto trucks. Two were assigned to a warehouse to inventory and help distribute goods, and a couple others were sent to our state headquarters in Santa Fe to help with the coordination of the enormous statewide effort. We all work 12-hour shifts, day and night, in order to keep the operation moving ahead.

"I like to help people out, and I like to serve others. In times of crisis, I'm happy to help in any way I can, and I am enormously proud that so many bandsmen and women volunteered to help, too. Senior leaders in New Mexico already knew how talented the bandsmen are as musicians, but this campaign has demonstrated how competent they are at performing nearly any task, and how selfless they are when it comes to serving their fellow New Mexicans."

Between Captain Huff's shifts, he's also the Director of Orchestras at Washburn University and working to complete his DMA at the University of Colorado Boulder.

04/15/2020
Shenandoah

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04/09/2020

In commemoration of the 78th Anniversary of the Fall of Bataan

04/07/2020

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Staff Sergeant Orlando Guerrero is a flutist and the team leader of our very own Mariachi Adelante. #ArmyGuardBand
04/02/2020

Staff Sergeant Orlando Guerrero is a flutist and the team leader of our very own Mariachi Adelante.

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New Mexico National Guard Troops are your neighbors helping neighbors. Staff Sgt. Orlando Guerrero delivered personal protective equipment today to be used by emergency managers in Las Cruces. NMNG Troops also delivered PPE to Silver City and Roswell. To date, the New Mexico National Guard has traveled over 13,000 miles across the state to deliver supplies New Mexicans need during this public health crisis. The New Mexico National Guard is your hometown response team and they are asking you to Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Safe #AlwaysReadyAlwaysThere #NMNG #AllTogetherNM

03/30/2020

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03/27/2020

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New Mexico Adjutant General
03/09/2020

New Mexico Adjutant General

“New Mexico’s Own,” the 44th Army Band, did exceptionally well on their ARNG Operational Readiness Evaluation. SSG Delgado was recognized by name for her exceptional work and I coined her for her excellent performance. Great job CPT Huff, 1SG Archuleta, and the entire Band. We are proud of you and want to see you continue to get even better!

Happy International Women's Day from the 44th Army Band!
03/08/2020

Happy International Women's Day from the 44th Army Band!

Our recruiter @nmngwadsworth will be out at UNM today handing out free National Guard swag and information about the ben...
03/02/2020

Our recruiter @nmngwadsworth will be out at UNM today handing out free National Guard swag and information about the benefits of the New Mexico Army National Guard.

New Mexico National Guard
12/04/2019

New Mexico National Guard

Lt. Gov. Howie Morales lit the state Christmas tree last night at the New Mexico State Capitol in Santa Fe. Members of the 44th Army Band and St. Michael's High School choir performed traditional holiday music while members of the Girl Scouts handed out hot cider and biscochitos.

"The message of Christmas resonates through the service and sacrifice of our National Guard members," Morales said after the tree was lit. "We will always be thankful for their service."

Maj. Gen. Kenneth Nava, the adjutant general of New Mexico, Brig. Gen. Miguel Aguilar, the deputy adjutant general, and other senior leaders represented the New Mexico National Guard at the ceremony.

Had a blast at the Christmas Tree Lighting in Santa Fe tonight!#ArmyGuardBand
12/03/2019

Had a blast at the Christmas Tree Lighting in Santa Fe tonight!

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New Mexico National Guard
10/29/2019

New Mexico National Guard

New Mexico National Guard Repatriates World War II Japanese Flag

By Joseph Vigil, Chief of Public Affairs, New Mexico National Guard

SANTA FE, N.M. - The World War II Yosegaki Hinomaru Japanese soldier flag displayed at the New Mexico Military Museum for the past several years was turned over to the OBON Society October 26, 2019 at a historic Repatriation ceremony in hopes of reuniting the flag with the soldier's family.

The New Mexico Military Museum, its Foundation, and the New Mexico National Guard in partnership with the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Memorial Society, turned the war souvenir over in the spirit of reconciliation, peace and an effort to help write the final chapter to healing from the atrocities that took place in World War II.

The flag was a traditional gift for Japanese servicemen deploying during World War II. The soldier's family and community wrote messages for victory, safety and good luck on the flag which he carried in his pocket to battle. The flag has deep spiritual meaning in the Japanese culture - said to carry the spirit of the soldier - and is very likely the only connection a family has to their long-gone family member.

The OBON Society has repatriated hundreds of flags back to Japan, bringing healing and reconciliation to not only families in Japan, but also to American families of World War II veterans. OBON first thought this was solely for the benefit of the Japanese families, but they heard from many Americans and soon realized it's as meaningful to American families to provide closure and reconciliation.

"We have repatriated over 300 flags and about 900 are under search," said Rex Ziak, president and co-founder of OBON Society in Oregon. "They come from every state, many different countries, from descendants of World War II veterans and collectors from around the world, but this is our first from a military museum."

Ziak described the repatriation process the flag will now take as complex because there is no address, no direction, and lots of investigative research work to be done by scholars and team experts in both Japan and the U.S. in order to try to pinpoint a community and family.

Margaret Garcia, the daughter of Bataan veteran Evans Garcia of the New Mexico National Guard's 200th Coast Artillery, said she came to this museum with her father for many years and saw the Japanese flag which he never really spoke of.

"After he passed in 2011, I found photos of him and his buddies at a VFW convention proudly holding up two Japanese flags and that's when I began to wonder about the writing on the flags. I researched and found out more about them."

Last September, Garcia then asked Maj. Gen. Ken Nava, the Adjutant General of New Mexico, about repatriating the flag back to Japan and he agreed. Jan Thompson, president of American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Memorial Society, also agreed as part of their mission of reconciliation. They came across OBON Society who has experience returning these flags to their homes.

For Nava, this marks a perfect bookend to a museum story that began in 2008 when Roberta and Takao Kioshi brought a photo album that had been in the possession of Tokio Watanabe, a Japanese officer, since 1942. While in his 90s he told his son ‘this photo album needs to go home.’

"After confirming it belonged to a 200th Coast Artillery Soldier from New Mexico, it was returned to us here at our museum," said Nava. "This was an incredible gesture of reconciliation from Japan to the New Mexico National Guard and today we are able to take this flag and do a similar gesture. I hope the OBON Society is able to find the family that the flag belongs to, making the gesture a perfect bookend to this museum's story of reconciliation.”

After watching a video introducing the work done by the OBON Society, Nava said he was overcome with emotion with all the things happening here today. Oregon’s 41st Brigade in the video has been a partner with the NMNG for many years and Nava said, “Today I have over 400 of our New Mexico Soldiers deployed with the 41st.”

Nava also spoke of both his grandfathers, childhood friends, who went through the museum building with 60,000 others when it served as a World War II Induction Center for New Mexico. Eulutero Nava served in the U.S. Army Air Corp and Thomas Arrey served in in the 501st Parachute Regiment. Nava said he doesn’t know if both got to the reconciliation sought here today because Nava had a brother killed in Okinawa and another brother killed in Vietnam. Whereas, Nava said Bataan veterans he got to know like Evans Garcia and Ernest Montoya were able to get to a point of reconciliation and he sees how beneficial it was to them and their families.

“Japan today is one of our closest allies and best friends,” said Nava. “For me, I hope this miracle happens and this family is able to receive part of this family member back.”

Thompson’s late father, Robert Thompson, was one of the POW’s who swam from Bataan to Corregidor to escape being executed.

“Today is an important day for our organization which represents the families who were under a brutal captivity by the Imperial Japanese,” said Thompson, who went to conventions with her father and met lots of POWs. “Most had a definite attitude towards Japan, a hardness and a resistance to anything Japanese, a hardness that does not easily resolve between two fierce enemies.”

But in the last decade, Thompson said she has seen former POWs and their families have a different attitude towards Japan because of programs like the Japan POW Friendship Reconciliation Program and others that have sent over 200 former POWs back to Japan.

“As the child of a former POW, I know the act of reconciliation has to go beyond that first generation and the first part of reconciliation is recognizing that tragedy of war impacts both sides and both families,” said Thompson. “I have a few of dad’s possessions like his mess kit and canteen that are the valuable commemoration of the hardships he endured, representing life or death in his three and a half years as a POW. I have to imagine that flag has to be as meaningful to the family back in Japan. Their loved one carried it throughout his ordeal as a soldier serving his country. These artifacts help us remember the individual and remember their story.”

Keiko Ziak, OBON Society co-founder and Bethany Glenn, board member, also recited stories about their grandfathers - one Japanese, one American - who both came from humble backgrounds and died in a war that left deep wounds on their families. Glenn's grandfather died on the USS Oklahoma during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Kieko's grandfather, who carried a good luck flag, died in Burma in 1945. She said his flag came into the hands of a collector from Toronto who’s son later returned it to a hotel in Tokyo and told the staff to please find the family.

“The staff searched and searched for a long time, and fortunately they found my family after 62 years of my grandfather's disappearance,” said Kieko. “Surprised and happy, mother said the strong spirit of my grandfather really wanted to come home to see us. Everyone feels the loss of a loved one. It’s that shared grief that unites us today and OBON is honored to plant the seeds of reconciliation for families affected by war.”

Garcia said we have an opportunity to write a new chapter of a journey that begin over 75 years ago, a time when Japan and the U.S. were bitter enemies and as the anniversary of the end of the war approaches in 2020, there will be parades and ceremonies honoring our World War II veterans who we must never forget their sacrifice and commitment, but we move forward with the final chapter of reconciliation and unity.

"Today, we present the good luck flag to OBON Society in hopes they find the family and community in Japan and return the flag - the only remains of the Japanese soldier home to rest at last," said Garcia. “That is our hope.”

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Today we honor all the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice with the first ever virtual interservice collaboration featuring all 5 US Armed Forces! Please enjoy our tribute!! #ArmyGuardBand, #NewMexicosOwn, #GuardTheZia, #USArmyBands, #ArmyMusic, #SongsOfComfort, #MemorialDay, #MarineBand, #USAFBands, #IIIMEF, #NavyMusic, #armyguardbands, #coastguardband
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I saw them in Las Cruces tonight. They were great
44th Army Band you did outstanding during today's Change of Command for BG Salas and BG Nava. Hooah!!!!!! Chief Hall
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