The 43rd Army Band of the Nebraska National Guard will be performing at the Town Square in Broken Bow, Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 2 p.m. The 43rd Army Band’s concert will include patriotic selections, marches and popular music performed by the 55 member Concert Band.
This concert also includes performances by the jazz band and the rock combo. This concert is free and open to the public – no admission ticket is required. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the Broken Bow High School gym.
Broken Bow resident and Nebraska National Guard Recruiter, SGT Tim McCaslin is an alumni of the 43rd Army Band.
The 43rd Army Band is under the command of Chief Warrant Officer Brian Anderson. The 43rd Army Band is comprised of citizen soldiers who bring a wide variety of skills, talents and longevity to the unit. The average years of service of the senior non-commissioned officer staff is in excess of 32 years. In addition, the members’ various civilian jobs and experiences contribute a great deal to the overall success of the 43rd Army Band. This group meets one weekend a month and 15 days during the summer to rehearse and to fulfill military training requirements.
Officially, the band traces its history back to 1924, when it was created in Crete, as the “Band Section, Service Company 110th Medical Regiment.” Throughout its history, the band has had several reorganizations and March 3, 1948, the band was federally recognized as the 43rd Army Band.
The mission of the band is to provide musical entertainment for the morale of soldiers and to support local communities when possible. As musical ambassadors of the Nebraska National Guard, the 43rd Army Band represents the National Guard at a variety of civilian and official military functions throughout Nebraska performing at parades, concerts, and political inaugurations.
For annual training, the 43rd Army Band either trains on an active duty base or supports local communities and recruiters by performing concert tours throughout Nebraska. The 43rd Army Band has had the privilege of performing at the West Point Military Academy, New York; Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Fort Monroe, Virginia; Tompkin Barracks, Germany and Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Since 2006, the 43rd Army Band has performed in Ainsworth, Albion, Alliance, Arapahoe, Auburn, Blair, Broken Bow, Burwell, Chadron, Columbus, Craw-ford, Crofton, Crete, Dodge, Fort Robinson, Fremont, Genoa, Gering, Gordon, Grand Island, Hastings, Henderson, Holdrege, Howells, Kearney, Lexington, Manley, McCook, Milligan, Minden, Omaha, Nebraska City, Norfolk, North Platte, Ogallala, Oxford, Pender, Pierce, Ponca, Rushville, Seward, Stromsburg, Tecum-seh, Tekamah, Unadilla, Wayne, Mount Rushmore, S.D., and Cheyenne, Wyo. This summer, the 43rd Army Band will be touring southwestern Nebraska performing in Wahoo, Benkelman, Imperial, Broken Bow, Paxton, Minden and Milligan.
The Colonel George S. Howard Citation of Musical Excellence, which is awarded by the John Philip Sousa Foundation, is an annual international competition for active duty and reserve component bands. The 43rd Army Band has received this prestigious award in 1991, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2010.
Other awards presented to the 43rd Army Band include: the Chief of Staff, Army Supply Excellence Award in 1998, 1999, 2005, and 2006; the Colonel Don Hatten Award for Supply Excellence in 1997, 98, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2008; the Army National Guard Bureau Superior Unit Award in 1964, 66, 67, 70, 71, 86-89, 92, 93, 2000, 01 and 02; the Eisenhower Trophy Most Outstanding Company in 1964, 66, 67, 70, 71, 86, 89, 92, 93, and 2001; and the National Guard Bureau John J. Pershing Trophy in 1949 and 1988.