• FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Oct. 6, 2011) Maj. Treg Ancelet (left), commander of the Army Ground Forces Band; Lt. Gen. Howard B. Bromberg, deputy commander to U.S. Army Forces Command; and Chaplain (Col.) Michael Lembke, FORSCOM Chaplain, salute as the band's Brass Ensemble plays the National Anthem during the official opening of the band's new training facility.

    FORSCOM opens new band training facility

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Oct. 6, 2011) Maj. Treg Ancelet (left), commander of the Army Ground Forces Band; Lt. Gen. Howard B. Bromberg, deputy commander to U.S. Army Forces Command; and Chaplain (Col.) Michael Lembke, FORSCOM Chaplain, salute as the band's...

  • FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Oct. 6, 2011) 1st Sgt. Gunnar Chambers salutes as Sgt. Michael Majors holds the guidon of The Army Ground Forces Band, a.k.a. the 214th Army Band, during the arrival of the official party during the official opening of the band's new training facility.

    FORSCOM opens new band training facility

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Oct. 6, 2011) 1st Sgt. Gunnar Chambers salutes as Sgt. Michael Majors holds the guidon of The Army Ground Forces Band, a.k.a. the 214th Army Band, during the arrival of the official party during the official opening of the band's new...

  • FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Oct. 6, 2011) Lt. Gen. Howard B. Bromberg, deputy commander of U.S. Army Forces Command, addresses Soldiers of The Army Ground Forces Band and guests at the band's official opening of its training facility here. "This new, state-of-the-art training facility is truly an appropriate home for this assemblage of world-class soldier musicians," he said.

    FORSCOM opens new band training facility

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Oct. 6, 2011) Lt. Gen. Howard B. Bromberg, deputy commander of U.S. Army Forces Command, addresses Soldiers of The Army Ground Forces Band and guests at the band's official opening of its training facility here. "This new...

  • FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Oct. 6, 2011) Maj. Treg E. Ancelet, commander of The Army Ground Forces Band, speaks during the official opening of the band's new training facility. "To be standing in front of the newest band training facility in the Army Band's inventory as the commander of one of the finest bands in the country," he said. "I want to take this time to comment on how proud I am for the Soldiers' efforts in making this transition so effortless."

    FORSCOM opens new band training facility

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Oct. 6, 2011) Maj. Treg E. Ancelet, commander of The Army Ground Forces Band, speaks during the official opening of the band's new training facility. "To be standing in front of the newest band training facility in the Army Band's...

  • FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Oct. 6, 2011) The ribbon is cut, officially opening The Army Ground Forces Band's new training facility here. Doing the honors are (l - r) Col. Daniel Baggio, the U.S. Army Forces Command's Public Affairs Officer; Lt. Gen. Howard B. Bromberg, deputy commander of FORSCOM; Spc. Josiah Simpson, the band's youngest Soldier; Maj. Treg Ancelet, the band's commander; and Lt. Col. Mark Purdy, commander of the FORSCOM/U.S. Army Reserve Command Special Troops Battalion.

    FORSCOM opens new band training facility

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Oct. 6, 2011) The ribbon is cut, officially opening The Army Ground Forces Band's new training facility here. Doing the honors are (l - r) Col. Daniel Baggio, the U.S. Army Forces Command's Public Affairs Officer; Lt. Gen. Howard B...

  • FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Oct. 6, 2011) Leslye Chambers (right), wife of 1st Sgt. Gunnar Chambers, serves up a piece of cake during the reception and building tour after the ceremony that officially opened The Army Ground Forces Band's new training facility. Troye Newcomb, wife of Sgt. James Newcomb, stands ready to offer a glass of punch to the guests.

    FORSCOM opens new band training facility

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Oct. 6, 2011) Leslye Chambers (right), wife of 1st Sgt. Gunnar Chambers, serves up a piece of cake during the reception and building tour after the ceremony that officially opened The Army Ground Forces Band's new training facility...

  • FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Oct. 6, 2011) Trumpeter Joshua Price gives it his all during a Brass Brigade post-ceremony performance in the main rehearsal hall of The Army's Ground Forces Band's new training facility. He's backed up by (l - r) Sgt 1st Class Ryan Pringle on trumpet, Spc. John Dowler on saxophone, Spc. Jalil Akbar on tuba, Sgt. Danny Mesa and Spc. Robert Gorbet, both on trombone.

    FORSCOM opens new band training facility

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Oct. 6, 2011) Trumpeter Joshua Price gives it his all during a Brass Brigade post-ceremony performance in the main rehearsal hall of The Army's Ground Forces Band's new training facility. He's backed up by (l - r) Sgt 1st Class Ryan...

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Oct. 6, 2011) - The Army Ground Forces Band held a ribbon-cutting ceremony here today, officially opening its 18,748 sq. ft. training facility.

The new facility consolidates the band's operations, which were spread across various locations at the band's former home at Fort McPherson, Ga. The band made the move here last summer with FORSCOM, its parent unit, because of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure legislation.

The band's Brass Ensemble played during the ceremony. Afterwards, guests attended a reception and toured the facility, while the Jazz Guardians, Woodwind Quintet, Brass Brigade and Loose Cannons provided rousing background music.

"The band provides a great outlet for our Army to show itself off - not just its esprit but our many, many talents," said the ceremony's host, Lt. Gen. Howard B. Bromberg, deputy commanding general and chief of staff for U.S. Army Forces Command. "This new, state-of-the-art training facility is truly an appropriate home for this assemblage of world-class soldier musicians.

The new facility houses a concert band rehearsal hall for a 64-piece concert band, a jazz band/large group rehearsal room for a 25-piece ensemble, six small group rehearsal rooms for five- to eight-piece ensembles and seven individual practice rooms.

Among the facility's many technical features and amenities are acoustic control accomplished through finish selections such as acoustical ceiling tile, acoustical wall panels, and acoustic floor panels; floating hardwood maple floors for added acoustical benefits; and finish materials that are environmentally friendly, durable and easy to maintain.

"But the most important consideration is what the band does outside these walls - how it performs its mission as the U.S. Army's musical ambassador," Bromberg continued.

The Army Ground Forces Band - 'FORSCOM's own' - carries out a very special mission on behalf of the Army's largest command," Of course, its Soldiers perform for the traditional military ceremonies and functions. But this band has a broader, community outreach mission as well."

He said that the band and its various ensembles promote good will and fosters a sense of patriotism and national unity through parades, concerts, ceremonies and other off-post appearances.

FORSCOM's uniformed musicians also holds free clinics and master classes for college, high school and middle school music students.

The band also performs a vital service in supporting the army recruiting mission.

In addition to its full calendar supporting its important FORSCOM mission -- the band has also picked up the 82nd division band's many ceremonial responsibilities here while the "All American" band is deployed to Afghanistan.

Since resetting from last summer's move and becoming operational in August, the band has performed some 30 missions and has 25 already scheduled before the end of the year, with more requests coming in daily.

The band's commander, Maj. Treg E. Ancelet, observed, "I can honestly say, with our musical performance teams performing the National Anthem at two NASCAR races for over 11 million people, being the opening act for the group 'Three Doors Down,' having groups perform throughout the region and tour the country, and now being the only band, until the 82nd band's return, for a post with 55,000 Soldiers and 39 generals, we are one of the most visible and active Army Bands in the country."

The 64 Soldiers assigned to the band have passed highly selective auditions and are among the finest musicians in the United States Army Band Program, The majority of the band's members have studied music at leading universities and conservatories.

To learn more about the band and to submit a request, visit www.forscom.army.mil/band.

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