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113TH ARMY BAND
 FORT KNOX, KENTUCKY -

History

Summary

“Courageous and Faithful”

The 113th Army Band is proud of its long history as the second oldest active duty Army Band after the United States Military Academy Band, which is the U.S. Army’s oldest active band and the oldest unit at West Point, which traces its roots to the Revolutionary War.

The 113th Army Band’s history dates back to its formation on July 8, 1840 as the Band, First Regiment of Dragoons, earning the band’s official nickname “Dragoons”. The band has been awarded 25 campaign participation credits, ranging from the Indian Wars in 1855 to the end of World War II. Another historical moment for the band was a performance in President Lincoln’s second inaugural parade on March 4, 1865.

In 1940, the band was reorganized and designated as the Band, First Armored Regiment.
Disbanding in 1943, only to be reactivated 13 years later in 1956, the “Dragoons” were designated as the 113th Army Band. In 1970, the band consolidated with the 158th Army Band. From April 10, 1956 until May 26, 2010 the “Dragoons” served under the United States Armor Center and Fort Knox and from May 27, 2010 until January 18, 2012 served under the Accessions Command and Fort Knox.

Presently the 113th Army Band is assigned to the U.S. Army Cadet Command and attached to the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Knox and continues to serve the Fort Knox installation and the surrounding communities throughout Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio. There are 39 authorized enlisted positions in the band, directed by a warrant officer. Presently the 113th Army Band is comprised of a Ceremonial Band, Rock Band, Brass Band, Jazz Combo and Brass Quintet. All of the music performance teams of the 113th Army Band are dedicated to serving soldiers and their families as well as the surrounding Fort Knox communities and partnerships.

Contact information can be found at www.bands.army.mil
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