What is it?
The United States Army Band "Pershing's Own" was founded in 1922 by then Army Chief of Staff, General John J. "Black Jack" Pershing. Its mission is to provide musical support for official ceremonies and special events throughout the National Capital Region in Washington, D.C. "Pershing's Own" is the premier band of the U.S. Army. Many of its classically trained members have earned advance degrees from the nation's most prestigious music schools and conservatories.
What was the Army Band's role in the Inauguration?
Since Calvin Coolidge's inauguration in 1925, The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" has led each inaugural parade as part of the official escort to the President. If you were among the millions who watched it live on television, streamed the coverage on your computer, or actually attended the 56th Presidential Inauguration, you saw The U.S. Army Band in all its glory. The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, an official element of the band, played Four Ruffles and Flourishes - used to provide musical honors to the President - immediately after the swearing-in sequence at the U.S. Capitol. The 99-member band that marched as the lead unit in the official escort to the President was a composite of musicians from The U.S. Army Ceremonial Band, The U.S. Army Concert Band, and The U.S. Army Blues. The band played several popular marches along the parade route and when it reached the White House reviewing stand, it played the Army Song. Members of The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets were transported to the reviewing stand and greeted the newly sworn-in President Obama with Four Ruffles and Flourishes and Hail to the Chief.
Why is the Inauguration important to the Army?
According to Nielsen Research, "Nearly 37.8 million Americans at home viewed President Barack Obama's oath of office and inaugural speech between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET on January 20, 2009." And according to content delivery network Akamai Technologies, the inauguration marked the most simultaneous streaming video viewers in history - 7.7 million video streams, primarily live, were being viewed.
The band joined other Army units including The Field Band (which led the main parade element), the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) with its salute battery, the Commander in Chief's Guard, the Presidential Salute Gun Battery, the Fife and Drum Corps, along with the Fort Riley Mounted Color Guard, and West Point Cadets.
And the world was watching!
The U.S. Army Ceremonial Band
The U.S. Army Concert Band
The U.S. Army Blues
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