Captain Thomas F. Darcy was the commander of The U.S. Army Band from 1935 - 1946. He was the assistant leader of the band from 1926 - 1935. A virtuoso cornetist who studied with Earnest Williams, he was the band’s premier soloist from 1926 to 1931. He led the band on its oversea tour during World War II. He composed The United States Army March and The National Geographic March.
Captain Darcy was wounded in combat during World War I as part of the 18th Infantry Band, and was an amateur boxer.