Education Outreach

The mission of The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” is multi-faceted. Beyond the core focuses of ceremonies, memorial affairs, public diplomacy, recruiting, troop and family morale activities, and protocol support of senior military and elected officials, our community engagement mission spurs us to connect with the American people by inspiring, entertaining, and educating through music.

By using a variety of means within Brucker Hall and across the country, our gifted Soldier-Musicians present clinics, masterclasses, and mentoring—both in person and via the web. Through music, students build strong life skills, increase their basic intelligence, and possibly find a life-long passion for the arts.

We recognize these benefits, enjoy sharing our love of music with others, and invite music educators to consider how we might help them achieve their goals.

Outreach Opportunities

Field Trip

The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” invites music educators from elementary schools to undergraduate institutions—all ability levels—to schedule free, interactive experiences for their classes and performance ensembles.

Our 11 vocal and instrumental performing ensembles offer open rehearsals to educators and their groups at Brucker Hall—located minutes from downtown Washington, DC, and adjacent to Arlington National Cemetery on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, in Arlington, Virginia. If you are bringing students to the Metro-DC Area, please be sure to let us know!

You and your students will enjoy a short video presentation about the Army Band, then observe the inner workings of a professional music team in action by attending an ensemble rehearsal. They will be encouraged to engage in question and-answer sessions with our musicians to learn about their musical backgrounds, their personal journeys in military music, and to discuss any musical questions they may have.

Skype Session

Musicians within “Pershing’s Own” offer online sessions via Skype or a similar service on a variety of topics to include instrumental and vocal sectionals, one-on-one instruction, and large group masterclasses.

Clinic Teams

Army Band clinicians (vocal and instrumental) can visit your school, coach ensembles, and provide sectionals or masterclasses for students of all ages and performance levels. These sessions can either be done within your school day or after school.

Chamber Concerts in Your Space

Depending on mission commitments at the time of your request, “Pershing’s Own” has several small ensembles with enriching programs ready to present to you and your students: Brass Quintet, Woodwind Quintet, Saxophone Quartet, Clarinet Quartet, Tuba-Euphonium Quartet, Percussion Ensemble, String Quartet, a Vocal Quartet, Jazz Combo, and other small groups. Our Operations Team can help find the group that is right for you!

STEAM

Are you interested in a change of pace that will get your math and science students’ attention in a fun and engaging way? A troupe of passionate Army Band musicians will actively demonstrate how Fibonacci, Pythagoras, ratios, sequences, and patterns all work together to create the sounds we hear in concert halls and on the radio every day. The presentation is performance-based and features unique instruments and clear illustrations that engage students in a fun, interactive, and relevant way.

Contact Army Band Operations to schedule an Army Band educational outreach opportunity at your school or institution. Please allow 48 hours for a response.

Annual Education-Related Workshops and Competitions hosted by The U.S. Army Band:

Tuba-Euphonium Workshop: Late January-Early February

American Trombone Workshop: March

National Collegiate Solo Competition: Entries Due: April | Concert: June

U.S. Army Orchestra Young Artist Competition: Entries Due: February | Final Round: March | Concert: May

Who We Are

The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” was founded in 1922 and is headquartered at Brucker Hall, located on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, in Arlington, Virginia. “Pershing’s Own” is the premier music organization of the U.S. Army.

From Presidential parades and veterans funerals, to concerts at the U.S. Capitol and the White House, to performing in renowned concert halls and before foreign heads of state, “Pershing’s Own” demonstrates the excellence that is found across America’s Army.

We have 11 primary performing ensembles, and our world-class musicians are alumni from some of the most prestigious conservatories, colleges, and universities in the world. Also, as they are active-duty Soldiers in the U.S. Army, they have completed basic combat training and keep up with annual Army training standards.

Over the years, dedication to music and education outreach has inspired our musicians to create what have become nationally and internationally significant workshops: The Tuba-Euphonium Workshop, The American Trombone Workshop, and The U.S. Army Band Conductors Workshop—all held at Brucker Hall.