The Army Ground Forces Band was organized as the 4th Infantry Regiment Band on
July 21, 1845 in New Orleans, La. Its heritage includes twenty-six campaign streamers and
Croix de Guerre with Gilt Star.
The history of this unique band began with the
Mexican War, where its members fought heroically,
only Army band to receive a combat distinction from the
President of the United States.
On September 21, 1846
during the Battle of Monterrey,
members of the band
captured an enemy
battery and turned it against
the Mexican army. In
recognition of this heroic action,
Taylor, who had commanded the
Regiment during the war, authorized the
wear red piping on its dress uniforms,
commemorating its distinguished wartime service.
The Army Ground Forces Band’s history includes service in the Civil War, the War with Spain,
the Philippine Insurrection, and both World Wars. The band fought with the victorious 3rd Infantry
spearheaded the Battle of the Marne in July of 1918. During World War II, the
participated in the Aleutian Islands operation of May, 1943.
Since 1945, this proud organization has been
stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash.; Fort Hood, Texas; Fort
Md.; Fort Richardson, Ark.; and Fort McPherson,
Ga. Following World War II, the name of the 4th
Infantry Regiment Band was changed to its current
title, the 214th Army Band. In 1985, Secretary of
Army John O. Marsh Jr. conferred upon the unit the
distinctive designation The Army Ground
Since that time, the Army Ground Forces Band has
served as the Musical Ambassador
of the American
Combat Soldier, serving as an outreach asset for the United States Army Forces
Command, headquartered at Fort Bragg, N.C.
The Army Ground Forces Band performs numerous concerts in support of local, regional and
events, such as centennial celebrations, festivals, inaugurations, and both city and
commemorations. The Band’s various ensembles frequently travel throughout the
performing several concert tours each year.
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