The 312th United States Army Band was activated on October 1st, 1973 in Lawrence, Kansas, as part of the 89th Army Reserve Command, headquartered in Wichita, Kansas. Although not officially a descendent, the band unofficially was reorganized from the 89th Division Band that deployed during the campaign to reoccupy France during World War II. For a brief period in the early 1970’s, the 312th existed as the only all female band in the Army Reserve. In 1977, an aggressive recruiting campaign was undertaken for both male and female musicians.
The 312th Army Band has grown from those early years to its present roster made up of soldiers from about thirty different professions and academic studies. The band schedules 15-25 performances each year and has performed for the Kansas City Royals, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Oakland A’s, the National Boy Scout Jamboree, the Kansas Music Educator’s Association, the Texas Bandmaster’s Association, and the National Convention of the Association of the United States Army. The 312th was also name an official “Bicentennial of the United States Constitution” band and the state of Kansas named it an official “Eisenhower Centennial” band.
The 312th Army Band is the first Army Reserve Band to receive the Colonel George S. Howard Citation of Musical Excellence for Military Concert Bands. The prestigious international award recognizing military concert bands is administered by The John Philip Sousa Foundation. The 312th Army Band received this citation December 16th, 2005.
The 312th Band has performed hundreds of concerts throughout the country including Atlanta, Denver, Des Moines, Honolulu, Kansas City, New York, St. Louis, San Antonio, San Francisco, and West Point among others.
The band features a marching band, concert band, rock band, jazz combo, brass ensemble, woodwind quintet, and ceremonial detail.
One of the highlights of the 312th Army Band’s history occurred in February of 2002. The band was invited to participate in Nuevos Horizontes 2002, which took place in El Salvador and Nicaragua. Nuevos Horizontes, or New Horizons, is a program initiated by the United States State Department to work with countries which have been devastated by war, natural disasters, famine or other events. It is a joint effort by the military and the local communities who work side by side to rebuild schools, wells, medical clinics, and other necessary facilities and to promote good will. The 312th band performed for the Presidential opening ceremonies in both countries and also performed public concerts in various cities and provinces.
The 312th Army Band is now under the 88th Regional Support Command (88th RSC), Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, commanded by Maj. Gen. Glenn J. Lesniak . The 88th Regional Support Command provides world class BASOPS support for the Soldiers, Families, Civilians and units in the Northwest Region of the United States. Please visit our website at http://bands.army.mil/bands/ar.
The 312th Army band will perform at the Marysville City Park Bandstand on Tuesday, July 20th at 7:00 p.m. They are in route to a performance at Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Tobias Wood, Band Instructor at Marysville Schools is a member of the band. Admission is free. Bring your lawn chairs & enjoy the music! In case of rain, the concert will be moved to Simmons Auditorium.
For more information, contact Brenda Staggenborg at 785-562-3101 or 800-752-3965.