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Operating as usual

It can be challenging to find the right balance between being a Soldier and being a Musician, but our Advanced Individua...
07/19/2021

It can be challenging to find the right balance between being a Soldier and being a Musician, but our Advanced Individual Training (AIT) Soldiers are hanging on just fine.

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

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July is another month of achievement here at #USASOM, as we had the privilege of promoting not one but two well-deservin...
07/13/2021

July is another month of achievement here at #USASOM, as we had the privilege of promoting not one but two well-deserving Soldiers.

Please help us congratulate Chief Warrant Officer 3 Kevin Pick and Staff Sergeant Devin Thomas on their accomplishments!

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A unique aspect of #USASOM is that we train Initial Entry Soldiers, Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs), Warrant Officers A...
07/09/2021

A unique aspect of #USASOM is that we train Initial Entry Soldiers, Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs), Warrant Officers AND Commissioned Officers all under the same roof.

This combination of programs allows for unique multi-echelon training opportunities, like this week when the Warrant Officer and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) courses teamed up for Ceremonial Band training.

Pictured below, Warrant Officer students from the 41st Army Band and 122nd Army Band - The Band of The Ohio National Guard practice their Ceremonial Conducting while the AIT Soldiers perform on their individual instruments.

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

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Last week, the AIT Soldiers didn't let the heat stop them from giving 100%. Led by Drill Sergeants Cobb and Kelley, the ...
07/06/2021

Last week, the AIT Soldiers didn't let the heat stop them from giving 100%.

Led by Drill Sergeants Cobb and Kelley, the Soldiers brushed up on Warrior Skills they first learned in Basic Combat Training, such as Individual Movement Techniques and Squad Movement.

These skills enable Army readiness and improve the Total Force by adequately preparing Soldiers for their first units of assignment.

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

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Did you know that Officers aren't the only conductors in the U.S. Army Bands?Performing as a conductor is an important r...
07/03/2021

Did you know that Officers aren't the only conductors in the U.S. Army Bands?

Performing as a conductor is an important role for all leaders, both Officers and NCOs.

One of the many responsibilities of #USASOM's Non-Commissioned Officer Academy (NCOA) is to prepare NCOs for that role in their respective units.

Staff Sgt. Lauren Russell, from the 106th Army Band in Arkansas, is pictured below conducting a mock ceremony outside USASOM during NCOA's Senior Leader Course this week.

#tradoc #soldiersupportinstitute #cascom #usarmybands
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Did you know that Officers aren't the only conductors in the U.S. Army Bands?

Performing as a conductor is an important role for all leaders, both Officers and NCOs.

One of the many responsibilities of #USASOM's Non-Commissioned Officer Academy (NCOA) is to prepare NCOs for that role in their respective units.

Staff Sgt. Lauren Russell, from the 106th Army Band in Arkansas, is pictured below conducting a mock ceremony outside USASOM during NCOA's Senior Leader Course this week.

#tradoc #soldiersupportinstitute #cascom #usarmybands
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Our AIT Soldiers were up early this morning for their first Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) at #USASOM!The ACFT, which r...
06/25/2021

Our AIT Soldiers were up early this morning for their first Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) at #USASOM!

The ACFT, which replaced the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) in 2020, was designed to help Soldiers achieve peak physical fitness and mental endurance under pressure.

The test consists of 6 events which measure muscular strength, power, flexibility, and coordination.

Pictured below: Drill Sergeant Aaron Gellos leading the Soldiers of AIT Class 21-003 in the Preparation Drill prior to the start of the ACFT.

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

#CASCOM #TRADOC #soldiersupportinstitute #usarmybands
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Our AIT Soldiers were up early this morning for their first Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) at #USASOM!

The ACFT, which replaced the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) in 2020, was designed to help Soldiers achieve peak physical fitness and mental endurance under pressure.

The test consists of 6 events which measure muscular strength, power, flexibility, and coordination.

Pictured below: Drill Sergeant Aaron Gellos leading the Soldiers of AIT Class 21-003 in the Preparation Drill prior to the start of the ACFT.

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

#CASCOM #TRADOC #soldiersupportinstitute #usarmybands
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Today the Soldiers of AIT Class 21-003 had their very first Music Performance Team (MPT) rehearsal. MPTs are small teams...
06/22/2021

Today the Soldiers of AIT Class 21-003 had their very first Music Performance Team (MPT) rehearsal.

MPTs are small teams of 5+ Soldiers, designed for portability. By reducing the number of personnel and equipment, MPTs are capable of performing in venues that otherwise couldn't accommodate a traditional 40+ member Concert Band.

This cycle, the Soldiers will have the opportunity to perform in MPTs such as Rock Band, Brass Band, Latin Band, Woodwind Ensemble, and Brass Ensemble.

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

#usarmybands #CASCOM #TRADOC #soldiersupportinstitute
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U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command

Today the Soldiers of AIT Class 21-003 had their very first Music Performance Team (MPT) rehearsal.

MPTs are small teams of 5+ Soldiers, designed for portability. By reducing the number of personnel and equipment, MPTs are capable of performing in venues that otherwise couldn't accommodate a traditional 40+ member Concert Band.

This cycle, the Soldiers will have the opportunity to perform in MPTs such as Rock Band, Brass Band, Latin Band, Woodwind Ensemble, and Brass Ensemble.

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

#usarmybands #CASCOM #TRADOC #soldiersupportinstitute
U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command
U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command

06/14/2021
U.S. Army Birthday Showcase

Today, June 14, the U.S. Army commemorates its 246th birthday by honoring the courage of the American Soldier.​

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It's been a week of achievements for #USASOM - two graduation ceremonies, the #CASCOM Best Warrior Competition, and a pr...
06/02/2021

It's been a week of achievements for #USASOM - two graduation ceremonies, the #CASCOM Best Warrior Competition, and a promotion ceremony!

Yesterday, Trombone Instructor and Senior Instructor Steve Coonley was promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant. Help us congratulate MSG Coonley on this well-deserved achievement!

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

It's been a week of achievements for #USASOM - two graduation ceremonies, the #CASCOM Best Warrior Competition, and a promotion ceremony!

Yesterday, Trombone Instructor and Senior Instructor Steve Coonley was promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant. Help us congratulate MSG Coonley on this well-deserved achievement!

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

We are so proud of our Soldiers for representing #USASOM and #usarmybands at the 2021 #CASCOM Best Warrior / Drill Serge...
06/02/2021

We are so proud of our Soldiers for representing #USASOM and #usarmybands at the 2021 #CASCOM Best Warrior / Drill Sergeant of the Year Competition.

NCO of the year : Staff Sgt. Ryan Columbare, USASOM Rehearsal Instructor

Drill Sergeant of the year : Drill Sergeant Cabot Cobb, USASOM AIT Drill Sergeant

Congratulations!

After 10 long weeks, Advanced Individual Training (AIT) Class 21-002 graduates TODAY!U.S. Army School of Music graduatio...
05/27/2021

After 10 long weeks, Advanced Individual Training (AIT) Class 21-002 graduates TODAY!

U.S. Army School of Music graduations aren't just ceremonies - they're full productions, showcasing the talents and accomplishments of our Soldiers. We look forward to bringing you the full #USASOM graduation experience again soon, but until then, check out these photos from past graduations.

(All photos taken prior to COVID-19.)

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The U.S Army School of Music is proud to announce the publication of TC 1-19.52, Army Bands Leader Development. It is no...
05/25/2021
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The U.S Army School of Music is proud to announce the publication of TC 1-19.52, Army Bands Leader Development.

It is now available for download at the Army Publishing Directorate.

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05/24/2021
Pua Kiele

🏝 Did you know “Asian Pacific American” includes more than 50 ethnic groups, including native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders?

There are now more Asian Pacific Islander groups than in the past –with 28 Asian and 19 Pacific Islander subgroups representing a vast array of languages and cultures that are currently serving in the U.S. Army.

Enjoy this performance of "Pua Kiele," a song written by Hawaiian musician Josh Tatofi Music. This version is performed by U.S. Army Strings with vocalist Master Sgt. Tracy Labrecque of The U.S. Army Voices.

#AAPI #AAPIHeritageMonth #USArmyBands

The Soldiers of Advanced Individual Training (AIT) Class 21-002 are finishing up their final assessments, including a 3-...
05/22/2021

The Soldiers of Advanced Individual Training (AIT) Class 21-002 are finishing up their final assessments, including a 3-day Field Training Exercise, before they graduate next week and join the Army's #TotalForce.

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Congratulations to the winners of U.S. Army Japan's Best Warrior Competition - both Soldiers are from the U.S. Army Japa...
05/15/2021

Congratulations to the winners of U.S. Army Japan's Best Warrior Competition - both Soldiers are from the U.S. Army Japan Band - 在日米陸軍軍楽隊!

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USARJ NAMES THE BEST WARRIOR COMPETITION 2021 WINNERS

Congratulations to the two winners of the U.S. Army Japan's Best Warrior Competition 2021. The top Soldier is Spc. Brooke Hendricks and the top noncommissioned officer is Sgt. Jamal Walker. Coincidentally, both are assigned to the USARJ Band.
Congratulations to both as they head to the Republic of Korea to complete in the U.S. Army Pacific-level competition.
#BestWarrior #leadingtheway
U.S. Army Japan Band - 在日米陸軍軍楽隊 | U.S. Army Pacific | U.S. Forces Japan (在日米軍司令部) | U.S. Indo-Pacific Command

Today, the Advanced Individual Training (AIT) Soldiers will be under the baton of 2nd Lt. Jac'kel Smalls for their Conce...
05/11/2021

Today, the Advanced Individual Training (AIT) Soldiers will be under the baton of 2nd Lt. Jac'kel Smalls for their Concert Band Assessment.

This test, which simulates a live performance, measures Soldiers' readiness as members of a Concert Band in the Operational Environment.

#USArmyBands #SoldierSupportInstitute #TRADOC #CASCOM
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U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command

Today, the Advanced Individual Training (AIT) Soldiers will be under the baton of 2nd Lt. Jac'kel Smalls for their Concert Band Assessment.

This test, which simulates a live performance, measures Soldiers' readiness as members of a Concert Band in the Operational Environment.

#USArmyBands #SoldierSupportInstitute #TRADOC #CASCOM
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U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command

Photos from U.S. Army School of Music's post
05/10/2021

Photos from U.S. Army School of Music's post

When the Soldiers of Advanced Individual Training (AIT) Class 21-002 aren't in a practice room, they're outside refining...
05/05/2021

When the Soldiers of Advanced Individual Training (AIT) Class 21-002 aren't in a practice room, they're outside refining the Warrior Skills learned in Basic Combat Training (BCT).

These skills enable Army readiness and improve the Total Force by adequately preparing Soldiers for their first units of assignment.

#USArmyBands #CASCOM #SoldierSupportInstitute #TRADOC
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Congratulations to the newest graduates of the U.S. Army School of Music!Advanced Individual Training (AIT) Class 21-001...
03/31/2021

Congratulations to the newest graduates of the U.S. Army School of Music!

Advanced Individual Training (AIT) Class 21-001
Advanced Leader Course (ALC) Class 21-002
Senior Leader Course (SLC) Class 21-002
Warrant Officer Advanced Course (WOAC) Class 21-001

#usarmybands #usasom #JEBLCFS #TRADOC #soldiersupportinstitute

(U.S. Army photos by Sgt. 1st Class Adam Muller and Sgt. Briannna Williams)

Help us congratulate our #USASOM Supply Team for receiving the Supply Excellence Award!
03/04/2021

Help us congratulate our #USASOM Supply Team for receiving the Supply Excellence Award!

Earlier this week, two bandmasters from the U.S. Army School of Music travelled to Arlington National Cemetery to honor ...
02/26/2021

Earlier this week, two bandmasters from the U.S. Army School of Music travelled to
Arlington National Cemetery to honor the life and legacy of a fellow bandmaster.

USASOM Company Commander Cpt. Philip Tappan and Executive Officer 2nd Lt. Jac’kel Smalls paid tribute to Lt. James Reese Europe in a graveside wreath laying ceremony.

A famous American band leader, arranger, and composer, Lt. Europe led the 369th Infantry Band during WWI, officially designated the Harlem Hellfighters.

The United States Army Band "Pershing's Own" Deputy Commander, Lt. Col. Daniel Toven, and Command Sergeant Major, Sgt. Maj. Julian Ayers, laid a wreath at Lt. Europe's gravesite. Other guests in attendance were members of the 369 Experience Band (a recreation of the 369th Regimental Band of the WWI era), and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Lt. James Reese Europe IV, the great-grandson of Lt. Europe.

U.S. Army photos by Master Sgt. Chris Branagan.

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!

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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!

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(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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U.S. Army Center for Initial Military Training
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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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