5 Replies Latest reply on May 18, 2018 9:38 AM by Rebecca Collier

    Bands at Fort Meade Maryland, 1944 to 1950

    Richard Taylor Newbie

      Where can I find a roster of band members of the 1st AGFRD-1 Band at Fort George G. Meade From 1944 to 1945?

        • Re: Bands at Fort Meade Maryland, 1944 to 1950
          Rebecca Collier Navigator

          Dear  Mr. Taylor,

          Thank you for posting your request to History Hub!

          We searched the unit records in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917- (Record Group 407), U.S. Army Command Reports, 1949-54, and the Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) (Record Group 338) but were unable to locate any records of the 1st AGFRD-1 Band stationed at Fort George G. Meade during WWII.

          Unfortunately, rosters for units serving in World War II from 1944-46 were destroyed in accordance with Army disposition authorities. Instead, you may have to check the morning reports. Morning reports for Army units (from November 1, 1912 to 1959) are in the custody of the National Archives in St. Louis, MO. Please contact them for access to these records. The address is the National Archives in St. Louis, 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002 and the email address is stl.archives@nara.gov.

          We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!

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            • Re: Bands at Fort Meade Maryland, 1944 to 1950
              Richard Taylor Newbie

              Thanks for the info on the1st AGFRD-1 Band at Fort Meade Maryland.

               

              Can I now requisition info on the 1st Combat Infantry Band, also at Fort Meade, Maryland from 1944 to 1946.  Looking for roosters and orders for their tours for the Victory Loan tours.

               

              The band was organized and conducted by Chester E. Whiting.

                • Re: Bands at Fort Meade Maryland, 1944 to 1950
                  Rebecca Collier Navigator

                  Dear Mr. Taylor,

                  Thank you for posting your follow-up request to History Hub!

                  We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series in the Records of Headquarters Army Ground Forces (Record Group 337) titled "Here's Your Infantry" Subject Files , 1942 - 1945. There is a file unit titled 1st Combat Infantry Band Tour 12 Feb-14 April 1945 that contains various records and tour schedules but not rosters. If you would like a copy of these file unit, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.

                  We also searched the Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) (Record Group 338) and the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917- (Record Group 407) but were unable to locate additional records of the 1st Combat Infantry Band during WWII.

                  We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!

                   

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                    • Re: Bands at Fort Meade Maryland, 1944 to 1950
                      Richard Taylor Newbie

                      Thanks for try the info on 1St Combat Infantry Band at Fort George G. Meade Maryland. The schedule for these tours will be very useful to me and I have e-mailed the Textural Reference section for copies.

                       

                      This band was only organized for War Bond and Stamp tours in 1945, but its members and conductor then formed The Army Ground Forces band on March 21, 1946 which became The United States Army Field Band in 1950.

                       

                      Can you search of similar records of tour schedules and rosters for The Army Ground Forces Band form March 21, 1946 to March 1950. Any other official records about this band would be greatly appreciated also.

                       

                      Thanks again for the good info on 1st Combat Infantry Band.

                        • Re: Bands at Fort Meade Maryland, 1944 to 1950
                          Rebecca Collier Navigator

                          Dear Mr. Taylor,

                           

                          Thank you for posting your follow-up request to the History Hub!

                           

                          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located several file units for various “Army Ground Forces Bands” but none were specifically called The Army Ground Forces Band.

                           

                          We also searched the Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) (Record Group 338) for records of the U.S. Army Field Band and located several file units titled Historical Reports that contain command reports for 1950 & 1953 and/or letters of appreciation for 1954, 1958 & 1960. In the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1905-1981 (Record Group 407), we located command reports of the US Army Field Band for 1951 & 1952. The command reports usually included a concert schedule for that year. The letters of appreciation were from the various organizations that hosted the concerts.

                           

                          For access to or copies of these file units, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.

                           

                          We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!