The Army Ground Forces Band
provides world-class music
in support of the U.S. Army
Forces Command, headquartered at Ft. Bragg
in Fayetteville, NC.
It serves as the musical
ambassador of the American
Combat Soldier to the
American people, instilling
pride in our troops and
promoting a spirit of
patriotism and support for
our nation’s military through
the perfomance of music
at the local, regional and
national levels.



(910) 570-7223

Physical address
The Army Ground Forces Band
Building H-4315, Gruber Road
Fort Bragg, N.C. 28310

Mailing address
4700 Knox St
Fort Bragg, NC 28310

  • Sgt. Jukabiea Barlow performs “Christmas Time Is Here” during the “A Forces Command Holiday” show held on December 16, 2015 in Raleigh, N.C.

    (U.S. Army photo by Bob Harrison, U.S. Army Forces Command)

  • Maj. Gen. Jimmie Jaye Wells salutes newly-retired Staff Sgt. Keith Schultz

    during his retirement ceremony as part of The Army Ground Forces Band’s

    “Salute to Veterans” held on November 11, 2015.

    (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daniel Falter, The Army Ground Forces Band)

  • The Loose Cannons hit downtown Fayetteville, N.C. on October 23, 2015 for a frightful night culminating in a Zombie Walk and killer “Thriller” flash mob.

    (CLICK HERE to see our highlights video!)

    (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Alexandra Borza, The Army Ground Forces Band)

  • The Jazz Guardians perform at Festival Park in downtown Fayetteville on

    September 27, 2015 as part of the 37th Annual International Folk Festival.

    (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Christian Mealey, The Army Ground Forces Band)


The Army Ground Forces Band was organized as the Fourth Infantry Regiment Band on
July 21, 1845 in New Orleans, LA. Its heritage includes twenty-six campaign streamers and
the French Croix de Guerre with Gilt Star.

The history of this unique band began with the
Mexican War, where its members fought heroically,
becoming the 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 artillery
battery and turned it against the Mexican army. In
recognition of this heroic action, President Zachary
Taylor, who had commanded the Fourth Infantry
Regiment during the war, authorized the band to
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 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.

Since 1945, this proud organization has been
stationed at Fort Lewis, WA; Fort Hood, TX; Fort
Meade, MD; Fort Richardson, AK; and Fort McPherson,
GA. Following World War II, the name of the Fourth
Infantry Regiment Band was changed to its current
title, the 214th Army Band. In 1985, Secretary of the
Army John O. Marsh Jr. conferred upon the unit the
distinctive designation The Army Ground Forces Band.
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
national events, such as centennial celebrations, festivals, inaugurations, and both city and
state commemorations. The Band’s various ensembles frequently travel throughout the
country, performing several concert tours each year.

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