Colonel Samuel R. Loboda was the commander of The U.S. Army Band from 1964 to 1976. He was appointed the band’s assistant leader in 1946. The first commander of the band to attain the rank of colonel, Col. Loboda founded the U.S. Army Chorus, and was responsible for the creation of the official coat of arms, as well as the band’s distinctive uniform.
A respected composer, Col. Loboda composed and arranged over 600 musical scores. He was awarded an Emmy in 1964 for his musical drama Night of the Miracle. Col. Loboda served as president of the American Bandmaster’s Association in 1967. He was also the former executive officer of the Army Music School.