Change of Command Ceremony - June 14, 1974
LTC Hal Gibson to MAJ Sam Fricano

Many thanks to Major (Retired) Sam Fricano for finding these pictures hidden away in an attic somewhere, recognizing the content of the pictures and sending them along for posting here on the website.
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US Army Field Band Commanding Officer/Conductor LTC Hal Gibson addressing the band as he is about to take over command of the Armed Forces Bicentennial Band.





LTC (Retired) Chester Whiting, founder of the US Army Field Band, addressing the band and chorus.





Captain Jack H. Grogan, Jr reading the orders assigning Major Sam Fricano as Commander/Conductor of the U S Army Field Band. ("Captain" Grogan later returned to the Field Band as "LTC" Grogan and retired as Commanding Officer/Conductor in 1999.)





LTC Gibson handing the baton to MAJ Fricano.





The new Commanding Officer/Conductor addressing the musicians.





MAJ Fricano taking the band for a first test drive.





LTC Gibson, LTC Whiting and MAJ Fricano posing for the camera!!






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