The Band Coat of Arms
The creation of the Coat of Arms for the Army Band was authorized in late 1964 and was created at the Army’s Institute of Heraldry.
The band’s distinctive insignia, or coat of arms, consists of three parts:
- It contains eight red and white stripes that allude to an octave in music.
- The blue border represents that the band is the chief musical organization of the entire Army.
- The sword and the baton indicate the band’s mission of supplying military music.
- The small gold and black shield symbolizes the band’s Rhineland Campaign Honor received during World War II.
- It contains a laurel wreath, a symbol of honor and prominence, formed in the shape of a lyre to symbolize music.
- The large white (silver) star symbolizes that the band is the “Band of the Chief of Staff” and also represents General Pershing’s founding role.
- The bugle horn, one of the earliest instruments used for martial music, is used to denote a military marching band.
- The motto is the scroll containing the band’s official designation, “Pershing’s Own,” which signifies the band’s founder, General John J. Pershing.