About the Band
Headquartered in Indianapolis, the 38th Division Band, premier military musical ensemble for the state of Indiana, performs ceremonies, concerts, and parades in both military and civic capacities throughout the state.
Since its formation in 1917, the band has maintained a long and proud history with the 38th Division. The band saw action in the European theater during World War I and the Philippines during World War II. At that time the 38th Division became known as “The Avengers of Bataan.”
The 38th Division Band is comprised of several performing components: The Concert Band, The Ceremonial Band, The Jazz Band, The Brass Quintet, and the rock band, Rapid Fire. These music performance teams are in high demand. The newest addition, Rapid Fire, performed during the Indianapolis 500 festivities this year.
The band is a versatile organization which performs a wide variety of music including marches, traditional, and patriotic selections, as well as jazz and popular musical styles. Notable performances for the band include appearances with country artists Winona Judd and Josh Turner, and for political dignitaries at the state and national level.
To request an appearance by the band or any of its components, visit the Military Support Requests page for information and submission instructions.
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Commander and Bandmaster
or 317-546-0820 ext. 1
Band Readiness NCO
or 317-546-0820 ext. 1
Introduction to Band membership
Thank you for your interest in the 38th Division Band of the Indiana Army National Guard! This introduction will answer some of the questions you have, help you understand exactly what being in the 38th Division Band entails, and list the advantages we offer to the aspiring musician.
The Army Band Program is changing dramatically. We set a high standard of excellence, and only proficient musicians will be able to pass the Army Band audition. These Web pages will explain the process and procedure for recruiting musicians into the 38th Division Band.
The 38th Division Band is the only military band in the state of Indiana, and is headquartered in northeast Indianapolis. Contact information is included on the last page. A full-time staff is always available to answer any questions.
Instruments in an Army Band
All of the standard wind band instruments are included in an Army Band, as well as the instrumentation for the modern rhythm section. Musicians who are capable of doubling on a secondary instrument or perform as a vocalist are also in demand. The Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) Code for Army Band is 42R, and the Additional Skill Identifier (ASI) Code identifies the primary instrument.
MOS ASI INSTRUMENT
42R 9B TRUMPET
42R 9C EUPHONIUM
42R 9D FRENCH HORN
42R 9E TROMBONE
42R 9F TUBA
42R 9G FLUTE
42R 9H OBOE
42R 9J CLARINET
42R 9K BASSOON
42R 9L SAXOPHONE
42R 9M PERCUSSION
42R 9N KEYBOARD
42R 9T ELECTRIC GUITAR
42R 9U ELECTRIC BASS
Advantages of Membership in the 38th Division Band
The 38th Division Band Staff will have current information on which of the instrumental positions has current or anticipated vacancies.
Consider these points when thinking about the 38th Division Band Program:
Acceptance into the 38th Division Band is based upon your Civilian Acquired Skill, with a beginning pay grade of E4. Most Army enlisted jobs begin at a pay grade of E1.
It is a steady, secure, part-time job playing music beyond high school or college – something which is difficult to find in civilian life.
You enjoy camaraderie with others who share your interests.
You are given a professional-level instrument to play while in the Band.
You get paid for doing what you love to do.
Last updated Thursday, September 02, 2010