Burning it down with some morning PT!
Welcome to the official page of the 10th Mountain Division Band, Mountain Sound! Climb To Glory! (Likes ≠ endorsement) Fort Drum, Home of the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), located in northern New York's picturesque North Country.
The installation is in the middle of one of the most historically unique and geographically beautiful areas of the United States. Fort Drum is approximately 30 miles from Canada, with the Great Lakes to the west, the Adirondack Mountains to the east, and the St. Lawrence River and the Thousand Islands in between. The 10th Mountain Division (LI) Band was originally constituted in the Army of the United States as the 505th Coast Artillery Band on 13 April 1942. This band was activated on 20 June 1942 at Camp Edwards, Massachusetts. It was later reorganized and redesignated as the Army Ground Forces Band on 27 June 1944, relocating to Italy only to be inactivated the following year, 25 September 1945. The band would later be redesignated twice thereafter. First, as the 232nd Army Band on 17 May 1947 and then again as the 10th Infantry Division Band on 18 June 1948. This unit was allotted to the Regular Army on 25 June 1948 and activated on 1 July that same year at Fort Riley, Kansas. The band would be relocated yet again, this time to Fort Benning, Georgia where it was later inactivated on 14 June 1958. Another period of redesignation took place on 3 November 1987 whereby the band received its current name as the 10th Mountain Division (LI) Band. In addition, the band was relocated to Fort Drum, New York. The 10th Mountain Division (LI) Band earned World War II campaign credit for service in Italy, was deployed to Florida for Hurricane Andrew Relief (1993), to Haiti for Operation Uphold Democracy (1994-1995), and supported Ice Crisis in 1998, performing for ice storm victims and relief volunteers throughout northern New York. In the winter of 1999-2000 the band deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in support of Operation Joint Forge performing holiday music for US troops as well as the local Bosnian people. In February 2002 the band deployed to Kosovo in support of Operation KFOR, performing for troops and civilians in the towns of Cernica and Ponces, Kosovo. A portion of the band deployed to Afghanistan in 2003 to support Operation Enduring Freedom. The 10th Mountain Division (LI) Band was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom VII in January of 2006, and again in October of 2010. During both deployments, the band provided musical support not only for U.S. forces but also for International Security and Assistance Forces (ISAF) throughout the Afghani Theater. During their support of OEF VII, twenty members of the 10th Mountain Division (LI) Band were deployed to Muzzaffarabad, Kashmir (Pakistan). Those twenty soldiers performed as a Force Protection team for humanitarian workers supporting relief efforts in response to the earthquake that rocked the area on October 8th, 2005. The 10th Mountain Division (LI) Band was also deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom VI in May of 2008. While deployed, the band supported ceremonies, and was instrumental in maintaining soldier readiness by improving troop morale through music.
Mission: "Army Bands provide music throughout the spectrum of military operations to instill in our soldiers the will to fight and win, foster the support of our citizens, and promote our national interests at home and abroad."
Burning it down with some morning PT!
We’re proud to share the 10th Mountain Division’s commemoration video for Hispanic Heritage Month, once again featuring our Latin Group’s performance of “Azuquita P’al Cafe!”
Join the 10th Mountain Division (LI) in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and recognizing all those who serve our country.
The Fort Drum travel map has been updated! See below:
Here's the updated map reflecting the 350 mile radius and that travel restrictions to Albany, Monroe, Onondaga, and Oneida counties in New York have been lifted! Officials have issued an updated Appendix A to General Order 1E that lists all the new travel guidance, as well as the map showing the revised restricted areas. You can find more information here: https://bit.ly/3d5Neel
Happy hump day! Here's a rare picture of a smiling guitar player to get you through the rest of the week!
#humpday #MountainSound goarmy.com
Thanks to everyone who came out to our Drive-In concert today!! Avalanche had a great time rocking the stage, the audience was killer, and we can’t wait for our next chance to play for you guys!! Thanks also to Fort Drum BOSS, 10th Mountain Division, and Fort Drum Sergeant Audie Murphy Club 10th Mountain Chapter for the support!
#MountainSound #USArmyBands #FortDrum #ClimbToGlory #10thMountainDivision #LiveMusic GoArmy.com
Congratulations to SERGEANT Jessica West! Sgt. West was promoted to the rank of Sgt. earlier today with assistance from her husband, Staff Sgt. West!
The Sgts. West are set to PCS from Fort Drum soon, so we're very glad for the opportunity to promote this highly-deserving NCO before she gets on the road! Congratulations and welcome to the NCO Corps!!
To the Top!
I was at the 1BCT DFAC today where the 10th Mountain Band was playing what I think should be the new division song! You tell me if you agree or not. #donotbeaverage #ClimbToGlory
Hispanic Heritage Month began in the U.S. on 15 September 2020! Please enjoy "Azuquita P'al Café" featuring Spc. Luis Gastaliturris and the 10th Mountain Division Band's Latin Group!
#NHHM #USArmyBands goarmy.com
(Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion HHBN 10th MTN Division Mountain 6 10th Mountain Division U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division)
The 10th Mountain Division Band's Change of Responsibility Ceremony between 1SG Donahue and 1SG Sprakties in August 2020.
1st Sgt. Sprakties led members of the band on a 9.11 mile ruck march this morning in homage of those who lost their lives during the attacks of 11 September 2001. We paused at Memorial Park on Fort Drum for a moment of remembrance.
10th Mountain Division & Fort Drum Museum
We have had a request to post about the Pando Commando again to make some new members to the Division aware of his history.
The Pando Commando patch was the first unofficial insignia used by the 10th Mountain Division. The Pando Valley in Colorado was the location of Camp Hale, where the 10th Mountain was first established. This design could be found on the Division Headquarters, various signs at Camp Hale and on top of the Division newspaper. Not approved by the Institute of Heraldry due to it being considered “too cartoonist,” the design was nevertheless used by various Division members and alumni unofficially during and after the war as a symbol of the 10th Mountain Division.
Where have you seen the Pando Commando?
September is #SuicidePreventionMonth. Check on your friends and family to let them know you’re thinking about them. Reach out to someone if you’re not okay.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, contact the Military Crisis Line for confidential support 24/7: 1-800-273-8255 or visit MilitaryCrisisLine.net
#BeThere #USArmy #ClimbToGlory
“To remind all Americans of the contributions the nation’s workers make to the strength, prosperity and well-being of the country.”
Today is Labor Day, which for most of us means a welcome, three-day weekend, and for some, the last bit of summer fun before the new school year begins in earnest.
But the meaning of Labor Day goes much deeper, and its history is entwined with the labor movement that created it.
Find more: https://go.usa.gov/xGbaX
#ArmyTeam | #ArmyFamily
Congratulations to Sgt. 1st Class Pat McGee on his promotion!!!! Sgt. 1st Class McGee recently deployed and was pinned to his new rank by another of #MountainSound’s deployed Soldiers, Spc. Ben Dawkins.
What a great week for the HHBN FWD team as we witnessed a very deserving promotion of SSG Patrick McGee to SFC. We were also able to witnessed the tireless dedication to the Army and the United States as newly-promoted SSG Jeffery Dillard reenlisted. “Climb to Glory!” 🇺🇸⚔️🏔
#MountainSound was honored to support the annual Fort Drum Remembrance Ceremony at Memorial Park on 2 SEP 2020.
#USArmyBands #ArmyBands #ClimbToGlory #FortDrum
Our Band has been out and about in Fort Drum quite a bit this week, from participating in the 4-miler and other athletic events to supporting the sports tournaments with our country and rock bands! Great work, Soldiers!
We wish you a safe and fun Labor Day weekend!
U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division
Please be aware: Fort Drum will be observing quiet hours and the ranges will be open for cemetery visitation on Labor Day, September 7, from 12 pm to 5 pm. Community members will have access to on-post cemeteries during this time. Visitors are advised to bring face coverings with them to wear if physical distancing is difficult at any particular location. Of the 13 cemeteries, 10 are accessible without entering the Fort Drum cantonment area. Three cemeteries - Cooper Cemetery, Quaker Cemetery and the gravesite at LeRay Mansion - require a pass for visitors to enter the installation. Individuals may obtain a pass inside the Visitor Control Center, located at the Lt. Gen. Paul Cerjan Gate, after completing a background check.
Restricted access to post due to the pandemic is still in place. Non-DoD cardholders who request a pass on Labor Day for reasons other than cemetery visitation must be approved by the chain of command. For questions regarding gate access, call the VCC at (315) 772-8585. The cemetery map and driving directions can be viewed and downloaded at https://fortdrum.isportsman.net/Cemeteries.aspx
MountainSound 7, signing in!
The 10th Mountain Division Band held its Change of Responsibility ceremony today, thanking 1st. Sgt. Donahue for his years of service as our senior enlisted leader and passing the responsibility to our new First Sergeant, 1st. Sgt. Alexis Sprakties.
Welcome to the Mountain, 1st. Sgt. Sprakties!!
#ClimbToGlory #ToTheTop #USArmyBands
Today is #NationalWomensEqualityDay! Please enjoy our jazz trio's rendition of "At Last" featuring Spc. Alexus Monroe!
#MountainSound’s Country Band will be out tomorrow night playing music for the Fort Drum Summer Food Service Program!
REMINDER: The Summer Food Service Program pickup for Wednesday, August 26 will start at 5PM at the Youth Center. This is the LAST pickup for the program.
If you would like to receive a food bundle, show up to the Youth Center on the day of the food pickup and provide your children's names on a piece of paper.
If your child has a peanut allergy, please call 315-772-0015 OR 315-772-6715.
This is a first come, first served event. You do not have to be registered in order to receive a food bundle.
Be sure to follow our page as we will announce if there are any remaining meals to claim on the day of the food pickup.
Happy Monday from #MountainSound! Our Brass Quartet kicked the week off right by supporting the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Change of Responsibility Ceremony. Welcome to the fight, Command Sgt. Maj. Goodart!
🎸 🥁 🎙 🎷 Socially-distanced face melting! 🎷 🎙 🥁 🎸
Our rock band “Avalanche” has been out on Fort Drum for the last two weeks, playing for troop returns and the CYS Food Drive! Can’t wait to see you out on the trail!
#MountainSound #FortDrum #ArmyBands #USArmyBands #NewYork #NorthCountry
U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division
On Monday, August 10 Fort Drum FMWR will be hosting another Army 10 Miler Qualifier for those who could not attend the previous event. Active Duty Soldiers are invited to register at Magrath Sports Complex starting at 0600 with the qualifier kicking off at 0700.
While part of our unit is completing Tactical Vehicle Training this week, the rest of #MountainSound got some time in out on the drill pad!
#ClimbToGlory #AutomaticSequence #RightFACE
Join us in congratulating the Army's newest Non-Commissioned Officer, Corporal Nicholas Smith! Cpl. Smith was promoted today in recognition of his outstanding work ethic and positive attitude.
Welcome to the NCO Corps, Corporal Smith!
Awards, promotions, reenlistments (2020 - ?)
Climb to Glory, 10th Mountain Division!
On this day, in 1943, the 10th Light Division was officially activated at Camp Hale, Colorado.
Happy Birthday 10th Mountain Division!
Happy Birthday to the 10th Mountain Division! #ClimbToGlory!
Happy 77th Birthday 10th Mountain Division. Let us continue the climb together. CTG... 10th Mountain Division 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain "Patriots" 10th Mountain Division Sustainment Brigade
#DidYouKnow: most Army Band Commanders are Warrant Officers?
Happy birthday to all the Warrants out there!
#WOMAD #USArmyHistory #ClimbToGlory
9 JULY 1918 - WARRANT OFFICER CORPS BIRTHDAY
Soldiers with specific technical or administrative skills, and fell between the enlisted ranks and commissioned officers, first appeared in 1896 when the Army established the position of Headquarters Clerk. In August 1916, Congress authorized the Army Field Clerk (formerly Headquarters Clerk) and the Field Clerk, Quartermaster Corps (formerly Pay Clerk), positions. Although initially considered civilians, the Judge Advocate General eventually determined that they held military status. This reflected the Army's need for technical experts and leaders.
When an Act of Congress established the Mine Planter Service (MPS) in the Coast Artillery Corps (CAC) on 9 July 1918, it also created the warrant officer ranks to eliminate the Army's reliance on hired civilian mariners for its mine planting vessels. An Act in 1920 expanded warrant officer appointments to administrative, clerical and band-leading positions. In November of 1942, the War Department defined the warrant officer in the rank order as being above all enlisted personnel and immediately below all commissioned officers. By the end of World War II, warrant officers filled forty different occupational specialties, which increased to approximately sixty specialties by 1951. The Army appointed its first female warrant officers in January 1944.
Today, about 40 percent of the Army's warrant officers serve in Aviation branch, while 60 percent specialize in technical areas in branches such as Military Intelligence, Ordnance, Military Police, Transportation and Special Forces. They are the technical experts who manage and maintain many of the Army’s combat systems, vehicles, and networks, and command Army watercraft.
“On second thought, I do like to brag.
‘Cause I’m mighty proud of that ragged old flag.” 🇺🇸
(Pictured from left: Spc. Toney Williams, Staff Sgt. TJ Reeves, and Spc. Aaron Taylor)
Check out this cover of Johnny Cash's 'Ragged Old Flag' by 10th Mountain Division Band
Happy Independence Day from the 10th Mountain Division Band, #MountainSound!
“I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost us to maintain this Declaration and support and defend these states. Yet, through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory.”
- President John Adams, 3 July 1776
“We are proud to be part of an American legacy defined by dedication, service, and quality.”
Happy Independence Day to the 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, the North Country, and our great nation!
BG Brett T. Funck, Acting Senior Commander, of the 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum wishes the men and women of this unit and the families and members of the community that support them a Happy Independence Day!
“In recent weeks, the band has supported the Class of 2020 commencement parade, the Ruffner Hall rededication ceremony and several change-of-command ceremonies.”
COVID or no COVID, #MountainSound drives on!
10th Mountain Division Band finds way to perform under pandemic constraints
Our band was originally constituted in 1942, but it wasn’t until 1 July 1948 that we were activated as a component of the regular Army with the official designation “10th Mountain Division Band.” Happy birthday, #MountainSound!
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