Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Band Together

4th MM Band? Location unknown.

The military band should be capable of playing ceremonial and marching music, including the national anthems and patriotic songs of not only their own nation but others as well, both while stationary and as a marching band. Military bands also play a part in military funeral ceremonies.

17th Field Artillery Band in France.

There are two types of historical traditions in military bands. The first is military field music. This type of music includes bugles (or other natural instruments such as natural trumpets or natural horns), bagpipes, or fifes and almost always drums, the latter two being organised into Corps of Drums.

340th Infantry band at Camp Custer, Michigan.

This type of music was used to control troops on the battlefield as well as for entertainment. Following the development of instruments such as the keyed trumpet or the saxhorn family of brass instruments, a second tradition of the all brass military band was formed.

U.S. Army Band - Hidden Mickey Alert!

LINK: These First World War military band photos and real photo postcards are from the collection of RV Bob on Flickr.

1 comment:

Keith said...

These are great photos. I love military bands. Thanks for commenting on my blog. I hope you will enjoy all my Christmas posts. Merry Christmas to you.