The United States Army Band, also known as "Pershing's Own", is the premier musical organization of the United States Army, founded in 1922. Before 2002, the United States Army Band was the only Washington-based military band to have participated in a theater of foreign combat operations. There are currently eight official performing ensembles in the unit: The United States Army Concert Band, The United States Army Ceremonial Band, The Army Chorus, The Army Blues, The Army Band Downrange, The Army Herald Trumpets, The Army Strings, and The Army Brass Quintet.
Under the leadership of Colonel L. Bryan Shelburne, leader and commander (1990–2000), the band continued its tradition of excellence with performances at the 1990 Economic Summit in Houston, the Desert Storm Victory Parade in New York City, and Reba McEntire's Christmas Special in Nashville. Col. Shelburne also led the band in performances in Sweden, the Netherlands, Turkey, Nova Scotia, Scotland, and a concert of International Goodwill with the Soviet Union's Navy Band in Stockholm.
In December 2002, a ten-piece pop group from the band, dubbed "Downrange", accompanied country musician Darryl Worley, comedian Kathy Griffin, actress Karri Turner, pro wrestler Bradshaw, and two cheerleaders from the Jacksonville Jaguars to Uzbekistan, Kuwait, and Afghanistan as part of a pre-Christmas USO tour in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. This was the first time since 1945 that members of the band performed in a theater of foreign operations. Since the commencement of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, the tour has been repeated annually under the title "Hope and Freedom", with a larger ensemble and additional stops at military positions in Iraq. Other celebrities that have accompanied recent tours include country singer Mark Wills, comedian Al Franken, and cheerleaders from the Washington Redskins.
Colonel Lamb retired in June 2005 and was succeeded by Colonel Thomas Rotondi, Jr., whose previous assignment was Commander/Conductor of the United States Military Academy Band in West Point, New York.
The United States Army Band is headquartered at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia, and annually hosts the The United States Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Conference in January and Eastern Trombone Workshop in March.
Organized January 22, 1922 at Fort Hunt, Virginia, as The Army Band
Discontinued January 31, 1948 at Fort Myer, Virginia
Re-constituted August 17, 1949 in the Regular Army; concurrently consolidated with the United States Army Band (active) (constituted January 8, 1948 in the Regular Army; activated January 31,1948 at Fort Myer, Virginia) and consolidated unit designated as The United States Army Band.