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Military Bands from Wikipeadia

A military band is a group of personnel that perform musical duties for military functions, usually for the armed forces. A typical military band consists mostly of wind and percussion instruments with a few Brass instruments. The conductor of a band commonly bears the title of Bandmaster or Director of Music. Ottoman military bands are thought to be the oldest variety of military marching band in the world.

band is typically between 116 and 120 beats per minute[1], the normal military marching pace.
A modern mehter emulating those of Ottoman times

The military band should be capable of playing ceremonial and marching music, including the national anthems and patriotic songs of not only their own nation but others as well, both while stationary and as a marching band. Military bands also play a part in military funeral ceremonies. There are two types of historical traditions in military bands. The first is military field music. This type of music includes bugles (or other natural instruments such as natural trumpets or natural horns), bagpipes, or fifes and almost always drums, the latter two being organised into Corps of Drums. This type of music was used to control troops on the battlefield as well as for entertainment. Following the development of instruments such as the keyed trumpet or the saxhorn family of brass instruments, a second tradition of the all brass military band was formed.

During the American Civil War most Union regiments had both types of groups within the unit. However, due to changes in military tactics by the end of World War I field musical had been mostly phased out in favor of the brass bands. These performed in a concert setting for entertainment, as well as continued to perform drill and martial events. In the United States, these bands were increased in instrumentation to include woodwinds, which gives us the modern military band in the United States, as well as the basis for high school and college marching bands and concert bands.

Field music is still popular at ceremonial functions, with many organizations such as police, fire, and veterans groups maintaining pipe and drum, fife and drum, or drum and bugle corps.

In the United States Army, the band is attached to the headquarters element and one of its duties is to provide security for the command post. Regular British Army musicians are all members of the Corps of Army Music. As a secondary role they are trained to work in NBC 'Casualty Decontamination Areas'. Modern-day military musicians often perform a variety of other styles of music in different ensembles, from chamber music to rock and roll. During World War II, The Royal Air Force Dance Orchestra, better known as The Squadronaires, served to entertain troops and support morale.

 

Military Bands from Wikipeadia

A military band is a group of personnel that perform musical duties for military functions, usually for the armed forces. A typical military band consists mostly of wind and percussion instruments with a few Brass instruments. The conductor of a band commonly bears the title of Bandmaster or Director of Music. Ottoman military bands are thought to be the oldest variety of military marching band in the world.

band is typically between 116 and 120 beats per minute[1], the normal military marching pace.
A modern mehter emulating those of Ottoman times

The military band should be capable of playing ceremonial and marching music, including the national anthems and patriotic songs of not only their own nation but others as well, both while stationary and as a marching band. Military bands also play a part in military funeral ceremonies. There are two types of historical traditions in military bands. The first is military field music. This type of music includes bugles (or other natural instruments such as natural trumpets or natural horns), bagpipes, or fifes and almost always drums, the latter two being organised into Corps of Drums. This type of music was used to control troops on the battlefield as well as for entertainment. Following the development of instruments such as the keyed trumpet or the saxhorn family of brass instruments, a second tradition of the all brass military band was formed.

During the American Civil War most Union regiments had both types of groups within the unit. However, due to changes in military tactics by the end of World War I field musical had been mostly phased out in favor of the brass bands. These performed in a concert setting for entertainment, as well as continued to perform drill and martial events. In the United States, these bands were increased in instrumentation to include woodwinds, which gives us the modern military band in the United States, as well as the basis for high school and college marching bands and concert bands.

Field music is still popular at ceremonial functions, with many organizations such as police, fire, and veterans groups maintaining pipe and drum, fife and drum, or drum and bugle corps.

In the United States Army, the band is attached to the headquarters element and one of its duties is to provide security for the command post. Regular British Army musicians are all members of the Corps of Army Music. As a secondary role they are trained to work in NBC 'Casualty Decontamination Areas'. Modern-day military musicians often perform a variety of other styles of music in different ensembles, from chamber music to rock and roll. During World War II, The Royal Air Force Dance Orchestra, better known as The Squadronaires, served to entertain troops and support morale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

US ARMY BANDS

Triumphal March in CMajor - Beethoven   West Point Band (1 minute only)

US Marine Band - Presidents Own
Fife & Drum:   Washington Post 1890 - Thunderer 1896 - Semper Fidelis 1927 - Washington Post 1988.

Semper Fidelis:  Semper Filidis - Manhattan Beach - Comrades Of The Legion - Sabre & Spurs - Gallent Seventh - King Cotton - Who's Who In Navy Blue - Invincible Eagle - Royal Walsh Fusiliers.

Sound Off:  Sound Off - Famous 22nd Regiment - Revelation.

Uncommon Valor:  Semper Fidelis - Espirit de Corps - Man Behind The Gun - Marine Corps Institute - Invercargill - March Of The Women Marines - Marines Hyme.

Exclusives:  Barnum & Bailey's Favorite - Free Lance - Glory Of The Yankee Navy - Golden Jubilee - Gladiator - King Cotton - Presidents Own - Mother Hubbard - Powhatan's Daughter - Rifle Regiment.

Ceremonial:  Boys Of The Old Brigade - C.M.T.C. - King Cotton - Officer Of The Day - National Emblem - Semper Fidelis -Stars & Strips - Sound Off March ?  - Medleys and a complete repertoire of ceremonial music.
Radetsky March - Strauss  US Marine Band      Granwich Village Orchestra 

Marche Hongroise - Berlioz    US Marine Band

Marche Militarie - Saint-Seans  US Marine Band

Triumphal March - Verdi   US Marine Band

March in D - Beethoven  US Marine Band

US Navy Band Washington DC.
Recordings: Belford's Canrival - Cangeo do Excercite -Florentiner-  In Storm & Sunshine - March Grandioso - Under The Double Eagle.

US Coast Guard Band
Recordings:  Men Of Ohio - Easter Monday On The White House Lawn -(scroll down 1/2)  USCG Chief Petty Officers March - Semper Paratus  36s  - (scroll to bottom)

International Military Music Website History and data all about military bands.  Includes:  History of world bands - Band music - Early History - programing - Instruments - Band music on CD - and much more!