Meet Sgt. 1st Class A.J. Maynard, an Audio Engineer with our Technical Support Group. He began his professional audio career in New York City and Nashville as a broadcast & live recording engineer. His work is featured on live recordings from musical giants like Billy Joel, Elton John, Barbra Streisand, Ricky Martin, Willie Nelson, Korn, and Dave Matthews Band. SFC Maynard has been a part of several major live TV music broadcasts that include the Grammy Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, VH1’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, and the NYC New Year's Eve Times Square broadcast. #TechnicalSupport #AudioEngineering #BehindTheScenes #MeetOurCrew
Today, we recognize our Service men and women in The U.S. Army Special Forces! On April 9, 1987, the Special Forces Branch was established as a basic branch of The @usarmy. You might know them as the Green Berets--a nickname inspired by their distinctive beret authorized by President John F. Kennedy in 1961. The United States Army Band's bluegrass ensemble, Country Roads, featuring Master Sgt. Tracy Labrecque of The U.S. Army Voices, salutes The U.S. Army Special Forces with a performance of "The Ballad of the Green Berets." #DYK this song was originally written by Special Forces Soldier Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler and author Robin Moore. This performance was inspired by @dollyparton's rendition. Special thanks to @fairfaxparks Authority at Lake Accotink Park.
Mark your calendars! Join us next Friday, April 16th at 7:30PM (ET) for a concert you won’t want to miss. From Chicago to Avicii, there’s something for everyone. Tune in for the music and stay for stories from today’s Soldiers. Link in bio.
Calling all #jazz students! See if you qualify to apply to the 2021 U.S. Army Blues Solo Competition. Applications due June 7, 2021. Don’t miss this opportunity to solo with the Army’s premier jazz ensemble late this summer! More information at: usarmyband.com/competitions.
Today, April 5th, is Gold Star Spouses Day. This day is about honoring the husbands and wives of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation. Every day, we remember, respect, and honor our fallen military heroes and the sacrifice and strength of surviving families who wear the Gold Star Pin. The United States Army Band would like to pay tribute to those spouses who have endured so much with a performance of "Amazing Grace".
There are over 150 ways to serve as a Soldier in today's U.S. Army. No experience is necessary, but courage is required. In two weeks, The United States Army Band paints a musical picture of what it takes to serve, featuring stories from today's Soldiers. Link in bio.
Calling all trombonists! Join The United States Army Band Pershing's Own for the 2021 Virtual American Trombone Workshop (ATW). Tune in Saturday, April 3rd, on the ATW Facebook page.
I grew up in a family of service members and developed an early respect and fondness for public service. I always looked up to my grandfather and uncle, both of whom served in Vietnam. I was in awe of their courage and the sacrifices they made. My childhood was spent playing various instruments, including harp, piano and violin. In college I turned my focus to my real passion, composing and arranging music. It wasn’t until 2010 that these two aspects of my life came together. I visited Arlington National Cemetery for the funeral of my Grandfather, Lieutenant Col. George R. Corry. I remember the power of hearing the ceremonial band conduct military funeral honors for my grandfather. Something clicked for me that day. Music and service – this was it. When The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Arranger position came open on Fort Myer, adjacent to Arlington National Cemetery, I knew it was where I needed to be, with the person who inspired me the most. Being an Arranger for the band has afforded me the humbling opportunity to pay homage to the Soldiers that came before me, support our current service members, and connect with the American people. -Staff Sgt. Sara Corry, Staff Arranger, The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own”