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The 1980s

During the 1980s, the Army Band peformed for the dedication of the Vietnam War Memorial on the National Mall, as well as the interment of the Unknown Soldier from Vietnam. The band performed for both the 1980 and 1984 Olympics, and toured Japan and Australia in 1988. 1987, the band performed for the summit between General Secretary Mickhail Gorbechev of the Soviet Union and President Ronald Reagan, which resulted in the treaty eliminating intermediate-range nuclear forces (INF).

The 1984 Summer Olympics

The Army Herald Trumpets at the 1984 Summer Olympics.

In 1981, The United States Army Brass Band was formed. Modeled after the British-style brass band, the Brass Band drew it’s membership primarily from members of the Ceremonial Band. The Brass Band was recently disbanded due to an increase in the Ceremonial Band’s workload.

In the 1980s and 1990s, the United States Army Band was twice awarded the Army Superior Unit Award. The first was for 1986 to 1987, and the second was for 1992-1993.