And so began the story of the US Army Field Band. Organized in 1946 under the command of Chief Warrant Officer Chester E. Whiting, the band was originally designated the Army Ground Forces Band - to provide a presence in the nation's capital that honored the "ground" soldier in the same manner that the US Army Air Forces Band honored those serving in the Army Air Corps. In 1950, when the U S Army Ground Forces were redesignated as the US Army Field Forces, the band changed to the name that it continues to use to this day - the US Army Field Band.
"I want you to organize a band that will carry into the grassroots of our country the story of our magnificant Army, its glorious traditions and achievements; and of the great symbol of American manhood - the Ground Soldier"
General Jacob L. Devers
U S Army Ground Forces
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