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The Official Bio of the 36th Infantry Division Band:
“The 36th Infantry Division Band was first formed on April 1, 1937 in New Braunfels, Texas as an element of the historic 36th Infantry Division, Texas Army National Guard. The band, along with the entire 36 Infantry Division, was federally activated for WWII, becoming the first American Division to touch European soil during the invasion of Italy. After serving in Europe for the remainder of WWII, the unit was deactivated from federal service on February 15, 1946 in Europe, later to be reorganized in 1947 in New Braunfels, Texas. The location of the band was changed on June 1, 1968, from New Braunfels to Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas, at which time both the 36th Infantry Division Band and the 49th Armored Division Band were combined to become the 236th Army Band, Texas Army National Guard. In 1973 the 49th Armored Division Band was reactivated, continuing the unit’s visibility with tours of Italy, Australia, Bosnia, and the Czech Republic. In the summer of 2004, the 49th Armored Division was deactivated, and the unit returned to its original designation as the 36th Infantry Division Band, Texas Army National Guard. The 36th ID Band’s most recent honors include the awarding of the prestigious COL Howard Award for Military Concert Bands, both in 2008 and 2012. Since returning from Basra, Iraq in 2011, the “Lone Star Band” and its citizen soldiers continue to be the most visible public element of the Texas Military Forces, representing The Texas Army National Guard in both military and civilian events across the great state of Texas.
Our official mission is:
Army Bands provide music throughout the spectrum of military operations to instill in our forces the will to fight and win, foster the support of our citizens, and promote our national interests at home and abroad.
Our current numbers are: 52 total members ( male, female) and the first female joined in the mid 1970s.
The total number has fluctuated from about 30 members in the 1990s to over 70 in 2011.
Many occupations are represented including retail, public works, and full-time musicians, but the highest we have are educators (teachers and administrators) and college students.
We have played at 36th Division WWII reunions, but the 36th association has since stopped due to a decline in original members. Unsure of the current oldest living member, but the First Sergeant of the band during WWII passed away last year.
We are stationed at Camp Mabry in Austin and all of our members are part of the Texas Army National Guard. Not everyone is from Texas, but we did get here as fast as we could.”