We are fired up to hear the 44th Army Band at their FREE concert at our AlienFest. They will be playing at 4 p.m. on July 2nd at the Chaves County Courthouse.
The 44th Army Band is “New Mexico’s Own” Army National Guard Band and the state’s musical military ambassador. The 44th Army Band represents the 93rd Troop Command, the New Mexico Adjutant General and the Governor of New Mexico, and its roots can be traced back to 1590. The band served during significant periods of the nation’s history, most notably during World War II as the 200th Coast Artillery Band. On April 9, 1942, the band was surrendered to the Japanese and forced to march in Corregidor and on the Bataan Peninsula, thus earning their nickname “The Battling Bastards of Bataan.” The band was deactivated in the 1960s and remained inactive until the late 1970s when it was re-activated as the 44th Army Band. In 2011, the band deployed a team to Kosovo, where they performed over 60 missions in five months.
Today, the 44th Army Band performs in support of military, civic, and diplomatic events across the state of New Mexico. The band currently consists of the “44th Army Band Jazz Orchestra” 1940s-style big band; “Breaking Brass” brass band; “Mariachi Adelante” traditional mariachi ensemble; “Green Chile” rock band; “44th Jazz Collective” small jazz combo; “44th Saxes” saxophone quintet; “Zia Winds” wind quintet; and any other formation required to accomplish any musical mission.
Major Silas N. Huff, Commander
First Sergeant Fidel Archuleta, Enlisted Bandleader