Warrant Officer William J. Stannard was the first official leader of The U.S. Army Band (1923-1935). He conducted the band in its first radio broadcast on April 16, 1923, and was the leader of the band at the ceremony honoring Charles Lindberg’s historic flight across the Atlantic Ocean in the “Spirit of St. Louis.” In 1929, Stannard led the band at the Ibero-American Exposition in Seville, Spain. He also led the band on four national tours.
Warrant Officer Stannard was awarded the Peruvian Order of the Sun for his interest in Incan melodies, composed the Washington Evening Star March, and was an accomplished clarinetist. He was also an instructor at the Army Music School.