U.S. Army School of Music

U.S. Army School of Music Official page of the U.S. Army School of Music (USASOM). Where today's Soldiers train and develop into tomorrow's musical leaders. Pride, Service, Music!

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.

Mission: The U.S. Army School of Music (USASOM) trains and educates Army Musicians; designs, develops and implements training; integrates unit capabilities, concepts and doctrine in order to build Army bands that are versatile and adaptable in Unified Land Operations.

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Congratulations to the newest graduates of #USASOM - AIT Class 20-003 and NCOA Class 20-004!#usarmybandsU.S. Army Traini...
09/08/2020

Congratulations to the newest graduates of #USASOM - AIT Class 20-003 and NCOA Class 20-004!

#usarmybands
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U.S. Army Soldier Support Institute
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Last month we said farewell to 1st Lt. Adam K. Hilkert and welcomed Capt. Philip D. Tappan as the newest Company Command...
08/03/2020

Last month we said farewell to 1st Lt. Adam K. Hilkert and welcomed Capt. Philip D. Tappan as the newest Company Commander of the U.S. Army School of Music.

Please help us thank 1st Lt. Hilkert and his family for their service to #USASOM, and welcome Capt. Tappan and his family!

#USArmyBands

(U.S. Army photos by Sgt. Jillian Hansen)

Yesterday was an historic day for the U.S. Army School of Music (USASOM). Representing #USASOM, #usarmybands, and the U....
07/16/2020

Yesterday was an historic day for the U.S. Army School of Music (USASOM).

Representing #USASOM, #usarmybands, and the U.S. Army Soldier Support Institute, Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Gellos earned the title of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command Drill Sergeant of the Year - the first ever category win for USASOM!

Drill Sergeant Gellos will go on to compete at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Drill Sergeant of the Year competition later this year.

Congratulations on this monumental achievement, Drill Sergeant!

(U.S. Army photos by 1st Sgt. Ryan Staggs)

06/17/2020

On behalf of the Chief, Army Bands, COL Michael T. McTigue, it's my privilege to announce the winners of the 2020 Army Bands Soldier and NCO of the Year. Please join me in congratulating these outstanding Soldiers!

AC Solder of the Year: SPC Caitlin Brody, 1st Armored Division Band
Runner-up: SGT Karsten Burns, 77th Army Band

RC Soldier of the Year: SPC Molly Windham, 100th Army Band
Runner-up: SPC Emily Green, 78th Army Band

AC Junior NCO of the Year: SSG Daniel Kelly, 77th Army Band
Runner-up: SGT Ryan Columbare, MCOE Band

RC Junior NCO of the Year: SSG Sheri Lyn Muneno, 78th Army Band
Runner-up: SGT Christopher Abell, 100th Army Band

AC Senior NCO of the Year: SFC Charlie Brokovich, 323d Army Band
Runner-up: SFC Jeremy Morrison, 2nd Recruiting BDE Army Band Liaison

RC Senior NCO of the Year: SFC Nicholas Greeson, 78th Army Band
Runner-up: SSG Kenneth Smith, 380th Army Band

COL BRUCE R. PULVER
Commandant, United States Army School of Music

Please welcome the Army’s newest graduates of the 42R Basic Musician Course Class 20-002! Many thanks to the U.S. Army S...
06/10/2020

Please welcome the Army’s newest graduates of the 42R Basic Musician Course Class 20-002!

Many thanks to the U.S. Army School of Music cadre who worked behind the scenes to ensure these #Soldiers trained in a safe environment.

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#USArmyBands #TRADOC #CASCOM #IMT #USASOM #ThisIsMySquad

(U.S. Army photos by Sgt. Brianna Williams)

04/27/2020
Jazz Appreciation Month

Check out Spc. John Kilik, pianist from the United States Army Europe Band & Chorus, taking the opportunity to play music in nature while he practices social distancing during #COVID19.

Sit back and enjoy his outdoor rendition of "A Flower is a Lovesome Thing" by William "Billy" Thomas Strayhorn as part of #jazzappreciationmonth.

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Congratulations to the Soldiers of Senior Leader Course and Advanced Leader Course Class 20-001! These Soldiers graduate...
04/27/2020

Congratulations to the Soldiers of Senior Leader Course and Advanced Leader Course Class 20-001! These Soldiers graduated from the U.S. Army School of Music Non Commissioned Officer Academy in November, 2019.

(U.S. Army photos by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Cressotti)

Congratulations to the Soldiers of Senior Leader Course and Advanced Leader Course Class 20-001! These Soldiers graduated from the U.S. Army School of Music Non Commissioned Officer Academy in November, 2019.

(U.S. Army photos by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Cressotti)

04/17/2020
77th ARMY BAND

#FrenchHornFriday, featuring the U.S. Army School of Music's own Horn Instructor, Staff Sgt. Tim Blount!

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On #featurefriday we highlight the fact that on the rare occasion the Army Bands can field a Horn Quintet. Our very own First Sergeant Alexis Sprakties led this ensemble to get ready for a horn conference but was unable to attend due to the rise of Covid 19 a month ago. However, we were fortunate enough to get a video of this amazing group just before restrictions were put in place. This is a highlight of what this amazing group can do in the Army Bands.

If you are interested in persuing a career in the Army Bands then reach out to an Army Band Regional Audition Coordinator. Band Liaison Dan McBride

(U.S. Army Video produced by SGT Christopher Habeeb-Louks and SSG Joshua Buxton)

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04/14/2020
The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps

Start your morning with Tune Tuesday from The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps!

Tune Tuesday! Check out Master Sgt. Jeb Hague and Sgt. 1st Class Crystal Lee performing the classic fife tune "Montezuma." #tunetuesday #fifeanddrum

Originally recorded March 2019.

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04/09/2020
USASOM Graduation: March, 2020

Last month #USASOM held a graduation ceremony to recognize the achievements of our #Soldiers.

Since many of our Soldiers' friends and families were unable to attend the ceremony due to #COVID19, we wanted to share the graduation video so that you, too, could celebrate their success.

Let's congratulate the graduates of:

Warrant Officer Advanced Course Class 20-001
Senior Leader Course Class 20-002
Advanced Leader Course Class 20-002
Advanced Individual Training Class 20-001

(U.S. Army video by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Cressotti)

Soldiers from Advanced Individual Training Class 20-001 perform during their graduation ceremony at Gator Theater.U.S. A...
04/08/2020

Soldiers from Advanced Individual Training Class 20-001 perform during their graduation ceremony at Gator Theater.

U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Cressotti.

04/07/2020
The U.S. Army Voices - United We Stand | Music to Connect Us

*LIVE* Join The U.S. Army Voices as they perform jazz and Broadway hits, as part of the United We Stand | Music to Connect Us virtual concert series. Stay tuned all the way to the end of the concert for a special encore!

Program:
“I Can’t Believe You’re in Love with Me”
Written by: Gaskill/McHugh; Arr. by Darmon Meader

“Modinha”
Written by: Antonio Carlos Jobim; Arr. by New York Voices

“Agony”
from Into the Woods
Written by: Sondheim/Lapine

“What Is This Feeling? (Loathing)”
from Wicked

Written by: Schwartz/Holzman
“Seasons of Love”

from RENT
Written by: Jonathon Larson

Special Encore:
“All for One” by Five for Fighting

04/06/2020

Army Gen. Paul E. Funk II, commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, and Army Maj. Gen. Frank M. Muth, commander of the U.S. Army Recruiting command, hold a news conference at the Pentagon, April 6, 2020.

04/04/2020
Army Musical Outreach

Did you miss the live performance from “As You Were”?

You can catch the whole album on the Army Musical Outreach page!

Live performance of our entire debut EP "Set Yourself Apart". The new EP is available to download for free at www.aywmusic.com

04/03/2020
04/03/2020

Day 15 of We Stand Ready features The Army Story. Throughout our nation's history - from the Revolutionary War to the present day - American Soldiers have stepped up to meet the needs of our nation and its citizens. Sgt. Major of the Army Michael Grinston and Martha Raddatz, ABC Chief Global Affairs Correspondent and the author of Long Road Home, will join us via Skype to share their stories as well.

#usarmybands #grandcanyon #militarymusic #armymusic #songsofcomfort #dontstopthemusic #alonetogether

04/02/2020
MCoE Band

Check out the MCoE Band live right now, featuring Sgt. Badeaux!

Help us congratulate the newest graduates of the U.S. Army School of Music - Warrant Officer Advanced Course Class 20-00...
04/01/2020

Help us congratulate the newest graduates of the U.S. Army School of Music - Warrant Officer Advanced Course Class 20-001, Senior Leader Course Class 20-002, Advanced Leader Course Class 20-002, and Advanced Individual Training Class 20-001.

Help us congratulate the newest graduates of the U.S. Army School of Music: Warrant Officer Advanced Course Class 20-001, Senior Leader Course Class 20-002, Advanced Leader Course Class 20-002, and Advanced Individual Training Class 20-001.
(U.S. Army photos by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Cressotti)

03/31/2020
The U.S. Army Band Downrange "Unplugged" - United We Stand | Music to Connect Us

LIVE - Join us as The U.S. Army Band Downrange Unplugged performs (following CDC guidelines) some of your favorite pop hits in an intimate acoustic setting, perfect for family gatherings in front of your screen.

Social distancing doesn't have to mean isolation from your musical community! Call your friends and start an online watch party, sing along with us to your favorite artists and tag us on Instagram, or chat with us here on Facebook in the comment section. We look forward to connecting with you! #musicisntcancelled

Program:
Message in a Bottle - The Police
Home - Dierks Bentley
With a Little Help from my Friends - The Beatles
Stop this Train - John Mayer
Brother - Need to Breathe

Senior Leader Course and Advanced Leader Course Class 20-002 presented their Music Performance Team (MPT) shows earlier ...
03/30/2020

Senior Leader Course and Advanced Leader Course Class 20-002 presented their Music Performance Team (MPT) shows earlier this month at the U.S. Army School of Music's Non-Commissioned Officer Academy.
(U.S. Army photos by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Cressotti)

Senior Leader Course and Advanced Leader Course Class 20-002 presented their Music Performance Team (MPT) shows earlier this month at the U.S. Army School of Music's Non-Commissioned Officer Academy.
(U.S. Army photos by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Cressotti)

03/29/2020
Taking This Chance-Official Video

Check out the first single off of "Set Yourself Apart", the debut album from the Army Musical Outreach band, "As You Were".

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03/28/2020

March 29th on We Stand Ready, see The Falling and The Rising: a musical drama telling the real stories of Soldiers. This work was based on the experiences of recovering warriors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and it has promoted growth and healing for wounded warriors, Veterans' choruses, and communities all over America. Join Sgts. 1st Class Teresa Alzadon and Ben Hilgert along with composer Zach Redler and librettist Jerry Dye as they share this performance of The Falling and The Rising.

#usarmybands #songsofcomfort #woundedwarriors #militarymusic OPERA America #musicalambassadors #healingthroughmusic

03/27/2020
SPC Julia Warrick talking about Women's History Month

In 1948, Congress passed the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act, which granted women the right to serve as permanent, regular members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and the recently formed Air Force.

In recognition of the 75th Anniversary of World War II, the #77thArmyBand acknowledges the contributions and sacrifices made by Service members, as well as those who served the home front.

The U.S. Army Bands are fortunate to have #Soldiers such as SPC Julia Warrick serving among our ranks and making us a better organization.

(U.S. Army Video by SSG Joshua Paul Buxton)

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03/27/2020

The Army is continuing to take measures to protect the force and help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Limiting travel is one step being taken to accomplish that goal. As a result, the start of Class 20-002 is being delayed since Soldiers scheduled to attend this course are remaining at their Basic Training installations for now. The Army School of Music is continuing to plan and prepare for their eventual arrival to ensure we are ready to receive them and conduct training in a safe manner to protect the health of our Soldiers.

03/27/2020
Army Corps of Engineers Chief Briefs News Media

Army Lt. Gen. Todd T. Semonite, commander of the Army Corps of Engineers, holds a news conference about the Army Corps of Engineers’ support to the Defense Department’s COVID-19 efforts.

03/26/2020
Top Army Officials Brief Media on COVID-19

Army Secretary Ryan D. McCarthy; Army Chief of Staff Gen. James C. McConville; and Army Lt. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, director of the Army National Guard, brief reporters on the Army’s role in the Defense Department’s COVID-19 efforts during a Pentagon news conference, March 26, 2020.

03/24/2020
The U.S. Army Woodwind Quintet - United We Stand | Music to Connect Us

*LIVE* The first concert of the United We Stand | Music to Connect Us virtual concert series. The U.S. Army Woodwind Quintet performs, following current CDC social distancing guidelines, a program of American Classics live from Brucker Hall on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.

Program:
Umoja - Valerie Coleman
Miniatures - William Grant Still
Zouaves - Will Hurt, arr. Dale McGiboney
George M. Cohan Medley - arr. Paul Nagle
God Bless America - Irving Berlin, arr. Master Sgt. James Kazik

03/24/2020
United States Army Europe Band & Chorus

Make a video and tag the United States Army Europe Band & Chorus - let's see what you've got!

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SPC Hollomond and SGT Prier have cooked up a dynamic #choreography tutorial for all of our viewers to try.
Make a video and tag The United States Army Europe Band & Chorus, show us what you’ve got!

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82nd Airborne Division All American Chorus

Choreography by SPC Hollomond

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03/19/2020

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Since 1756, U.S. Army bands have stood side by side with Americans helping inspire them during times of peril. This virtual concert series is a new way to accomplish our mission of connecting the American people to their Army. We Stand Ready to bring you exciting daily performances!

#usarmybands #militarymusic #armymusic #songsofcomfort #musicalambassadors

03/18/2020
Love and Light by Brian Balmages

After losing a child at birth in November 2018, 1st Lt. Elizabeth Elliott turned to music to grieve and begin the healing process. In January 2019, she contacted composer Brian Balmages to write a piece of music to help her family, and others, find strength. Lt. Elliott describes her experience with the work, "I know that this piece will help so many families now and into the future. "Love and Light" is for my daughter Madison, but it is also for all the babies in heaven that we lost... Nothing can take away the pain of losing a child, but... time reveals, there is "Love and Light" on the other side."

The dedication on the score reads, "For Madison Elliott, all angel babies, and their parents." The piece is organized in three sections, each answering a question posed by Balmages: What does unconditional love sound like? What does it sound like when unconditional love is shattered? What does it sound like when a child first sees the face of God?

Lt. Elliott conducted The United States Army Band in the world premiere of "Love and Light" by Brian Balmages in concert on February 22 at Schlesinger Hall. Lt. Elliott would like to acknowledge and thank the consortium members that aided in the commission and Col. Andrew Esch for facilitating the premiere.

03/18/2020

As a protective measure in response to the COVID-19 virus, current Department of Defense policy dictates social distancing measures and access limitations for military installations worldwide. All family members of our training population are advised that they should refrain from travelling to JEBLCFS until these restrictions are rescinded. To protect the health of our Soldiers in training, they are not authorized to interact with visiting family/friends. We know that these changes disrupt the plans made by many. Trust that these decisions were not made lightly and are implementing the highest precautions necessary to protect our nation's most precious resource, our People.

Thanks to all the friends and family who came out to support their Soldiers’ graduation yesterday! #usarmybands
03/13/2020

Thanks to all the friends and family who came out to support their Soldiers’ graduation yesterday!

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The stage is set for graduation! See you today at Gator Theater on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story at 1...
03/12/2020

The stage is set for graduation!

See you today at Gator Theater on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story at 10:00am.

Check out the events section of our page for more information.

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