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STAND-TO! Edition: Friday, December 21 2012

Today's Focus:

The United States Army Band Pershing's Own

Senior Leaders are Saying

This is a time to give thanks for the blessings we enjoy, and as Americans, we have no greater blessing than all of you ... our service men and women and your families who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.

- President Barack Obama, sends holiday wishes to service members

President, senior leaders send happy holiday wishes to troops

What They're Saying

Educational outreach is part of The United States Army Field Band's mission ... What better way to represent the Army than to get out into schools and show the students how professional the Army Field Band is, how disciplined you have to be to get to that level, and how fun music can be. They see us in uniform and make a direct connection with professionalism, extraordinary talent, and the Army.

- Sgt. 1st Class Jason Stephens, educational outreach coordinator

Army Field Band welcomes students back to school with instrument demonstrations

A Culture of Engagement

Calendar

150 Years: The Battle of Gettysburg: The American Civil War

December

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January 2013

Jan. 1: New Year's Day

Jan. 21: Martin Luther King's Birthday

Today's Focus

The United States Army Band Pershing's Own

What is it?

The United States Army Band Pershing's Own has provided world class musical support to the Army and the nation since its founding by Army Chief of Staff Gen. John J. Pershing in 1922. As the largest and most capable music organization in the Department of Defense, its Soldiers perform regularly at The White House and in support of all branches of government in Washington, D.C. Considered the band of the Chief of Staff of the Army, the Soldiers of Pershing's Own are considered among the most musically skilled in the world.

What has the Army done?

The U.S. Army Band supports major national and international events in the nation's capital and around the world. Averaging over 5,000 performances annually, their most important duty is support to over 3,000 funerals in Arlington National Cemetery each year. The year 2012 marks their 90th year of service to the nation and the Army.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

In addition to its enduring mission of supporting ceremonies and funerals, Pershing's Own is one of the Army's most powerful tools to tell the Army Story to the American people and has emerged as an important element of public diplomacy. They play a leading role in major outreach events in the Washington, D.C. area such as Twilight Tattoo, a weekly summer celebration of the U.S. Army, and Sunsets with a Soundtrack, their summer concert series on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.

Each year they present hundreds of performances around the nation from the Spirit of America pageants, to numerous educational clinics in schools and universities, to traditional concerts in the park. The year 2012 has seen Pershing's Own play a large role in public diplomacy, representing the United States at the Norwegian Military Tattoo as well as a historic concert tour of China where they performed jointly with the band of the People's Liberation Army.

Why is this important to the Army?

U.S. Army's support of music can build resiliency and teamwork in the Soldiers and families, serve as a vehicle to tell the Army Story to the American people, and allow the United States to engage with its allies, fostering positive impressions of the Army and the nation around the world.

Resources:

The United States Army Band
Army Bands Online
Annual events

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