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The 1970s

In the 1970s, the United States Army Band was twice awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation. The first was for activities from 1969 to 1971, and the second was for activities from 1971 to 1973.

The Army Blues with Bob Hope

The Army Blues with Bob Hope

In 1972, the year the band celebrated it’s 50th anniversary, the band saw the additions of The Army Blues and The Army Brass Quintet. Then, in 1973, violinist Elizabeth Holstius was accepted into the unit, becoming the first female member of The U.S. Army Band. In 1975, The United States Army Chorale was founded.

In 1976, the Army Band performed for the official “Happy Birthday America” celebration at the Washignton Monument. The band also performed for the arrival of Queen Elizabeth, as well as the re-enactment of the swearing in of George Wahington as the first President o the United States.

On the National Mall

The Army Band on the National Mall, July 4, 1976

Also in the 1970s, the Army Band performed for the visit of Japanese Emperor Hirohito to Alaska, the opening of Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and the inaugurations of President Richard Nixon and President Jimmy Carter.

In 1978, The Army Band moved into Brucker Hall on Ft. Myer. The longtime vision of Army Band Commander Col. Samuel R. Loboda, the building was named after Wilbur M. Brucker, Secretary of the Army from 1955 to 1961.