Pershing's Own - The US Army Band

The US Army Band Comes to Fort Myer

Organized at Fort Hunt Virginia

Known as "Pershing's Own" - The US Army Band was organized at Fort Hunt, Virginia on 25 JAN 1922 as The Army Band and later moved to the District of Columbia's oldest military installation Fort Lesley J  McNair (The fort  began as arsenal in the 1790s with defenses built in 1794). Fort McNair is also the third oldest US Army post - only West Point and Carlisle Barracks are older. When the 3d Cavalry, which had been at Fort Myer from after WW I until the beginnings of WW II moved from Fort Myer, their "mounted band" went with the regiment.  There was a need for ceremonial support within Arlington National Cemetery and  the US Army Band was called upon to provide it.

Ceremonial Band Needed at Arlington National Cemetery

Initially, musicians were transported to and from Fort Myer from Fort McNair and eventually a "funeral band' was organized on Fort Myer as an extension of the US Army Band.    It was during WW II  - June 1943, the band at Fort McNair was deployed to both North Africa and Europe.  Upon its return from the War,  Fort Myer became its home ever since.   For its efforts while deployed, it received a campaign streamer. Among the over 200 historic photographs within the book "Images of America - Fort Myer"  the US Army Band is presented among other units, people, and events which helped to mold Fort Myer into the active duty US Army Post it has become...  Home of "Pershing's Own" and "The Old Guard"

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