'FORT SAM'S OWN' 323D ARMY BAND

Fort Sam's Own

 

MISSION STATEMENT

"Army Bands promote the Army and our national interests, enable commanders to shape the environment to accomplish their mission, and set the conditions that lead to trust and confidence in America’s Army and its readiness to conduct operations in peacetime, conflict, and war."

HISTORY

The 323d Army Band "Fort Sam's Own" was initially constituted on Jan. 15, 1944 as the 323rd Army Band in Carlisle Barracks, Pa., to serve as the Army Medical Corps’ school band. In June 1946, Fort Sam Houston was established as the home of Army medicine, relocating both the Army Medical Corps and the 323d to Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

The 323d Army Band "Fort Sam's Own" was initially constituted on Jan. 15, 1944 as the 323rd Army Band in Carlisle Barracks, Pa., to serve as the Army Medical Corps’ school band. In June 1946, Fort Sam Houston was established as the home of Army medicine, relocating both the Army Medical Corps and the 323d to Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

323d was re-designated multiple times throughout the years and also allotted to the Regular on Army Oct. 25, 1951, serving almost 25 years until its deactivation on June 25, 1975. 323d was reactivated at Fort Sam Houston on Sep. 16, 1995, replacing the deactivated 5th Army Band, to support U.S. Army North, U.S. Army South, the Army Medical School and the Brooke Army Medical Center.

The 323d Army Band "Fort Sam's Own" was officially realigned under ARNORTH on Oct. 19, 2011.

ENSEMBLES

 

  • Concert Band

    Provides musical support across a wide spectrum of local, national, and international events in support of Soldiers and their families to instill in our forces the will to fight and win. We also welcomes playing opportunities for recruiting initiatives, music education programs, and community and international relations engagements in order to foster support of our citizens and to promote our national interests at home and abroad.

  • Marching Band

    Maintains one of the oldest traditions in military history by providing morale and esprit de corps to all within earshot. We play an integral part in fostering stewardship between the military and our civilian communities.

  • 35 to Nowhere, Rock Band

    As a premier popular music ensemble, 35 to Nowhere amazes crowds using instruments and vocals to perform country, pop, classic, rock and patriotic genres of music.

  • Biohazard Brass Band

    Biohazard is an energetic, high-intensity ensemble that blends the traditional sounds of New Orleans’ jazz with current popular music styles. Influenced by American brass bands such as 'Youngblood,' 'Rebirth,' 'New Birth' and 'Trombone Shorty,' this ensemble is part of a popular, emerging genre of music.

  • Mission Brass, Brass Quintet

    Whether performing during traditional ceremonial or toe-tapping entertainment sets, Mission Brass requires little logistical support and space to perform a variety of musical genres for small and large crowds alike.

  • Intrepid Winds, Woodwind Quintet

    Specializing in light-classical and ceremonial music, this talented group is versatile and adept at performing a variety of challenging music arrangements.

  • After 5, Jazz Combo

    Provides many types of instrumental music in the multi-style musical entertainment described as Jazz, including swing, funk, Latin grooves, New Orleans’ second line, and smooth Jazz styles.

  • Bugler and Drummer

    Fort Sam's Own buglers and drummers perform Taps and Honors for military funerals and memorials, the posting of colors, military balls, and other special patriotic events.

  • Pianist

    Performs patriotic music and jazz selections for pre-ceremony events and receptions by request.

  • Vocalist

    A professional vocalist may be requested to sing the National Anthem, God Bless America and many other patriotic selections at professional sporting events and military ceremonies and functions.

 

REQUESTS

Requests for the band must be submitted no later than 90 days prior to the event. Requesters must fill out and submit a DD Form 2536 to be processed for approval. Please download the form and email the completed copy to usarmy.jbsa.arnorth.mbx.pao@army.mil.