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Warrant Officer Francis Leigh

Warrant Officer Francis Leigh

Warrant Officer Francis Leigh was the first musical leader of the Army Band (January 26—September 6, 1922). He led the band in its first public appearance on April 27, 1922. He was known as a highly respected and competent musician within the Army music system. He also organized and led the band that was created for the 1921 internment of the World War I unknown soldier. Unfortunately, he fell out of favor with General Pershing, and was soon replaced.