Time to start searching for those extra reeds and that lost bottle of valve oil. The 2015 Reunion of the U S Army Field Band
is scheduled to be held August 21-23, 2015 at Ft. Meade and Thurmont, MD. Here's the schedule (as of May 26, 2015):
Friday August 21, 2015
8:00 am - Coffee Hour in Dayroom
9:00 am - 11:30 am - Alumni Rehearsal
12:00 pm - No host lunch at Club Meade with LTC Keene and retired E-9s and Officers
2:00 pm - Picnic set up
3:00 pm - Softball game
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm - Picnic, food and conversation
Saturday August 22, 2015
8:00 am - Golf Tournament (scroll down to next item for complete info)
6:30 pm - Show time for concert. Attire=Light top with dark bottom
7:00 pm - Alumni Concert, Constitution Park, Eighth Avenue, Ft. Meade, MD
(There is no alternate site. The concert will be cancelled in case of inclement weather)
Sunday August 23, 2015
9th Annual "Freebie" Association Lunch
12:00 - 3:00pm - Mountain Gate Restaurant, 133 Frederick Rd., Route 806, Thurmont, MD. Again graciously hosted by our own CW4(Ret) Josef Orosz Jr, class of 1982. He hopes to see many of you there.
RSVP no later than 20 August 2015 - PLEASE - Josef Orosz (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please bring old Field Band pictures for sharing (and laughing?) time!
More information will be posted here as it becomes available. Also, don't forget to check our Facebook page for up-to-the-minute information.
Lt. Col. Jim Keene addresses the audience during his Assumption of Command Ceremony,
Jan. 23, 2015 at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, commander Joint Force
Headquarters-National Capital Region The U.S. Army Military District of Washington, hosted the
ceremony that had approximately 175 people in attendance. Keene will now serve as the commander
and conductor of The United States Army Field Band, the premier touring musical representative
for the United States Army.
FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. -- Lt. Col. Jim Keene assumed command of The United States Army Field Band from
Lt. Col. Paul Bamonte during a ceremony Jan. 23, 2015 at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.
"I am thankful that the Army continues to support this tremendous organization's mission to take the
story of our Army and our nation's history to the people of this great nation," said Keene. "This organization
is uniquely structured to provide world-class performances around the country and around the world. I am honored
to work with such a phenomenal organization."
Keene, an Albuquerque, New Mexico native, most recently served as leader and Commander of the United States
Military Academy Band at West Point, New York. Prior to that, he served as Commandant of the Army School of Music.
Bamonte served as the Army Field Band's interim commander for a bit more than a month while Keene made the
transition from West Point.
Keene holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of New Mexico and a Master
of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist
University, Dallas, Texas. He is a violinist, fiddler, pianist, accompanist, and songwriter.
The Army Ground Forces Band
The United States Army Field Band
A History of the Unit, with a roster of the People who Served
21 March 1946 - 31 December 2013
Were you in the Field Band? Yes? You're in the book!!
Sargeant Major Mike Culbertson (USA Ret) has spent months and months pulling together the first ever compilation
of information about the band - its roots and its people. A great resource for anyone interested in the history
of the Field Band.
"The Army Ground Forces Band was organized at Fort George G. Meade, MD on 18 March 1946, and
activated on 21 March 1946. The original Table of Distribution, No. 20-1050, authorized a total of 119
enlisted men, in the following ranks and pay grades.
18 Master Sergeants (first grade)
39 Technical Sergeants (second grade)
57 Staff Sergeants or Technicians Third Grade (third grade)
1 Sergeant or Technician Fourth Grade (fourth grade)
3 Corporals or Technicians Fifth Grade (fifth grade)
1 Private First Class (sixth grade)
Although there was authorization for 119 men, records of Headquarters AGF show that at least 247 men
were assigned during calendar year 1946. It appears that the Army sent all demobilizing Ground Forces
bandsmen to Fort Meade, and evaluated their suitability for the First Combat Infantry Band or The AGF
Band. Some passed through briefly on their way to civilian life. At least seventy-four were gone by the
end of May. But others formed the core of the organization for many years."
And, so, Mike begins telling the story that each of us only knows a small part of.
You can read the rest of the story (either in hard copy or in digital form) by ordering it from Lulu.com. Click on a link below:
2014 US Army Field Band Reunion August 22-24, 2014
The 2014 Alumni Weekend will be held August 22-24, 2013 at Ft. Meade (& Thurmont, MD).
On Friday (August 22)
there will be a morning rehearsal and afternoon softball game and picnic by Burba Lake.
On Saturday (August 23)
the band will host a golf tournament in the morning (see flyer below) and then the traditional concert in the
The concert will begin at 7:00 pm at
at Ft. Meade. Every performing component of the Army Field Band - The Volunteers, Jazz Ambassadors, Concert Band, and
Soldiers' Chorus will perform. In keeping with Army Field Band tradition, the finale will be Tchaikovsky's 1812
Overture (hopefully featuring live cannons!). Former members of the Field Band are encouraged to sit in with their
groups. In the event of inclement weather this performance will take place in the Fort Meade Pavilion.
And finally, at noon on Sunday (August 24) Josef Orosz will be hosting the 8th Annual Brunch for
Retirees/Alumni at the Mountain Gate Restaurant in Thurmont, MD. (note restaurant change - scroll down for detailed
Every performing component of the Army Field Band - The Volunteers, Jazz Ambassadors, Concert Band, and
Soldiers' Chorus will perform. In keeping with Army Field Band tradition, this concert will include returning
alumni from across the United States and feature Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.
Friday 22 August 2014
0900-1130 ... Rehearsal with Alumni
4214 Field Band Drive
Fort George G Meade, MD
2014 US Army Field Band Retiree & Alumni Association LUNCHEON
Sunday 24 August 2014
1200-1500 Mountain Gate Restaurant
133 Frederick Rd - Route 806 - Thurmont MD 21788
8th Annual "Freebie" Buffet Luncheon
Host - Josef Orosz
RSVP no later than 20 Aug PLEASE - - - email@example.com
(814) 356-3356 - 374 Teaberry Rd - Bedford PA 15522
Please note the change of venue. The Cozy Inn (prior year's location) has closed.
This new restaurant - The Mountain Gate Family Restaurant
- is just up the street a bit from where the Cozy Inn was.
The Mountain Gate is also a buffet restaurant, well known in the area for its good food and service.
Arrangements are being made for an area of our own in the restaurant.
Again, seating will be limited so please let me know ASAP (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you will be attending. I am looking fwd to seeing you all
again. Bring your old Field Band pictures for
PLEASE NOTE - the Mountain Gate Restaurant is a no alcohol zone. No alcohol is served, nor is BYOB allowed.
This is a change from previous luncheons at the Cozy Inn.
The 2013 Alumni Weekend will be held August 23-25, 2013 at Ft. Meade. On Friday (August 23) there will be a morning rehearsal and afternoon softball game and picnic by Burba Lake. On Saturday (August 24) the band will host a golf tournament in the morning and then the traditional concert in the evening featuring all four performing groups. In keeping with Army Field Band tradition, the finale will be Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture (hopefully featuring live cannons!). Former members of the Concert Band, Soldiers' Chorus, Jazz Ambassadors, and Volunteers are encouraged to sit in with their groups. And finally, at noon on Sunday (August 25) Josef and Ann Orosz will be hosting their 7th Annual Brunch for Retirees/Alumni at the Cozy Inn in Thurmont, MD.
Here's the exact schedule:
Friday August 23 - Rehearsal and Picnic.
9:00 am - 12:00 pm - Alumni Rehearsal.
3:00 pm - Softball Game with Juniors (E7 and below) vs Seniors (E8 and above).
4:30 pm - Picnic, 5:30 pm Food is served, 7:00 pm picnic ends. The Band will have activities for children and will provide burgers, hot-dogs, veggie burgers and veggie skewers, wine, beer, water, and soft drinks. It's potluck for salads, sides, and desserts.
Saturday August 24 - Golf Tournament and Concert.
8:00am - Golf Tournament.
7:00 pm - Alumni Concert, Constitution Park, English Avenue, Fort Meade, MD. Every performing component of the Army Field Band - The Volunteers, Jazz Ambassadors, Concert Band, and Soldiers' Chorus - will perform, including returning alumni from across the United States. In keeping with Army Field Band tradition, the finale will be Tchaikowsky's 1812 Overture, hopefully featuring live cannons. Don't miss this annual event!
Sunday August 25 - Retiree and Alumni Association Brunch.
12:00 pm - Annual luncheon at the Cozy Inn, 103 Frederick Rd, Route 806, Thurmont, MD 21788. The luncheon is graciously hosted by Ann and Josef Orosz. They invite all R&AA members to join them for an afternoon of good times and fond memories. Please RSVP directly to Joe Orosz <email@example.com> no later than August 21, 2013 (the sooner the better - accomodations are limited to 54 people!). Please bring your old band pictures for sharing.
The 2012 Alumni Weekend will be held August 24-26, 2012 at Ft. Meade. On Friday (August 24) there will be a morning rehearsal and afternoon softball game and picnic by Burba Lake. On Saturday (August 25) the band will host a golf tournament in the morning and then the traditional concert in the evening featuring all four performing groups, the presidential salute battery, and soloists from the Army Silent Drill Team. Former members of the Concert Band, Soldiers' Chorus, Jazz Ambassadors, and Volunteers are encouraged to sit in with their groups. And finally, at noon on Sunday (August 26) Josef and Ann Orosz will be hosting a Brunch at the Cozy Inn in Thurmont, MD.
Here's the exact schedule:
Friday - 24 August
0900 - Rehearsal with former members
1500 Softball game
1600 Picnic starts (food served at 1700)
Josef Orosz (CW4 Retired), former Bass player in the Concert Band and U S Army Bandmaster (1955-1982), has extended his long time interest in the history and tradions surrounding Taps and has masterfully put together a wonderful YouTube video that describes The History ofTaps. You can watch the video at:
Click on one of the three links (below) to hear the
1946 NBC Radio Broadcast "Salute to Veterans"
Under the baton of Captain Chester E. Whiting the AGF Band performed for the NBC Radio Network - broadcasting from the Band Auditorium at Ft. Myer, Virginia.
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