• FORT BRAGG, N.C. (April 29, 2011) - The Army Ground Forces Band's Sgt. 1st Class David Wheeler (left) and Sgt. Maj. Leander Singletary check out the 64-piece concert band rehearsal hall and plan for the future when it will be ready for the band's professional musicians to refine their talents.

    Enthusiasm grows as FORSCOM band building progresses

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (April 29, 2011) - The Army Ground Forces Band's Sgt. 1st Class David Wheeler (left) and Sgt. Maj. Leander Singletary check out the 64-piece concert band rehearsal hall and plan for the future when it will be ready for the band's...

  • FORT BRAGG, N.C. (April 29, 2011) - Carolina Masonry Unlimited Inc. Superintendent Carlos Redd does some pointing up over a door frame in The Army Ground Forces Band building.

    Enthusiasm grows as FORSCOM band building progresses

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (April 29, 2011) - Carolina Masonry Unlimited Inc. Superintendent Carlos Redd does some pointing up over a door frame in The Army Ground Forces Band building.

  • FORT BRAGG, N.C. (April 29, 2011) - Acoustics are of critical importance for the best possible utilization of The Army Ground Forces Band training facility. As part of the quality control effort, Steve Ryherd, a principal with the acoustics, noise and vibrations consulting firm Arpeggio, was brought in from Atlanta to test for sound isolation between rehearsal rooms to determine if any corrective measures were required before the walls are finished. Here Ryherd analyzes acoustic qualities by taking spatial averages. He will be back again to conduct further tests as the building progresses.

    Enthusiasm grows as FORSCOM band building progresses

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (April 29, 2011) - Acoustics are of critical importance for the best possible utilization of The Army Ground Forces Band training facility. As part of the quality control effort, Steve Ryherd, a principal with the acoustics, noise and...

  • FORT BRAGG, N.C. (April 29, 2011) - With the exterior of The Army Ground Forces Band building almost totally finished, the concentration is on getting the interior ready for the late June turnover to the Army.

    Enthusiasm grows as FORSCOM band building progresses

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (April 29, 2011) - With the exterior of The Army Ground Forces Band building almost totally finished, the concentration is on getting the interior ready for the late June turnover to the Army.

  • FORT BRAGG, N.C. (April 29, 2011) -- Iris Dorsey (left) of Army Forces Command's G-6 section works the FORSCOM band's Sgt. 1st Class David Wheeler and Sgt. Maj. Leander Singletary in identifying the sundry communication cable drops to ensure connectivity has been established correctly when the band moves into its new training facility here this summer.

    Enthusiasm grows as FORSCOM band building progresses

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (April 29, 2011) -- Iris Dorsey (left) of Army Forces Command's G-6 section works the FORSCOM band's Sgt. 1st Class David Wheeler and Sgt. Maj. Leander Singletary in identifying the sundry communication cable drops to ensure...

  • FORT BRAGG, N.C. (April 29, 2011) – Eric Revels, a mechanic with Precision Walls of Carey, N.C., frames a soffit before installing gypsum wall board. Precision Walls is one of many regional sub-contractors working on this BRAC-directed construction project that is generating significant economic benefit to the area. The prime contract design-builder for the construction project is Lifecycle Construction Services, along with its lead design firm, BRPH, Inc.

    Enthusiasm grows as FORSCOM band building progresses

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (April 29, 2011) – Eric Revels, a mechanic with Precision Walls of Carey, N.C., frames a soffit before installing gypsum wall board. Precision Walls is one of many regional sub-contractors working on this BRAC-directed construction...

  • FORT BRAGG, N.C. (April 29, 2011) - Craig Sladkay, a control technician with Williford Electric of Franklinton, N.C., does his part to make things right in the FORSCOM band\'s new building as he wires a Variable Air Volume control for the heating, ventilation and air conditioning air handling system.

    Enthusiasm grows as FORSCOM band building progresses

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (April 29, 2011) - Craig Sladkay, a control technician with Williford Electric of Franklinton, N.C., does his part to make things right in the FORSCOM band\'s new building as he wires a Variable Air Volume control for the heating...

  • FORT BRAGG, N.C. (April 29, 2011) – Glazer Nick Collins installs ¼-inch tempered glass in the wall between a corridor and the break room. Collins works for Southern Glass and Mirror of Swansboro, N.C. Elsewhere in the building, other members of his team were installing the glass curtain wall at the main entrance.

    Enthusiasm grows as FORSCOM band building progresses

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (April 29, 2011) – Glazer Nick Collins installs ¼-inch tempered glass in the wall between a corridor and the break room. Collins works for Southern Glass and Mirror of Swansboro, N.C. Elsewhere in the building, other members of his...

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (April 29, 2011) With construction of their new training facility 76 percent complete, The Army Ground Forces Band's Soldiers are feeling very, very good about their move into their 18,748-square-foot, state-of-the-art building.

"I was having mixed feelings about coming here, but now that I've seen this building in person and realize what all it has to offer, I'm 110 percent ready to make the move," said Sgt. 1st Class John Ellis, who got a tour of the site when he was in Fayetteville, N.C., to perform with the bandAca,!a,,cs Jazz Guardians, April 22.

"This is great! It'll be the first band building I've served in that was not built before the 20th century." observed Sgt. Eric Perry while taking the same tour with Ellis.

"I'm excited and ecstatic about this world-class facility," declared Sgt. Maj. Leander Singletary after conducting an inspection on April 25. "It's certainly fitting for a band that has the prestige and significance that ours does."

The Army Ground Forces Band, also known as the 214th Army Band, provides musical support for the ArmyAca,!a,,cs largest command, U.S. Army Forces Command (www.forscom.army.mil).

Organized in 1845, its history (http://go.usa.gov/bIo) includes distinguished service in the Mexican War in Civil War, the War with Spain, the Philippine Insurrection, and both World Wars. The band fought with the victorious Third Division, which spearheaded the Battle of the Marne in July of 1918. During World War II, the band participated in the Aleutian Islands operation of May 1943.

The band's honors include 26 campaign streamers and the French Croix de Guerre with silver gilt star.

The band will move in June with FORSCOM in accordance with the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure legislation.

For more information on the Army Ground Forces Band, visit www.forscom.army.mil/band.

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