A while back I was rummaging in an old file cabinet and came across an old copy of the USAREUR POST-HERALD from December 19, 1969. In the center spread of the paper was an article about my old army unit, the 33d Army Band. Originally I recreated the article using MS Publisher, but it was odd sized and didn't fit the general web layout. Besides it was too big to do justice to in a web browser. I scanned it (in sections), but the paper was old and yellowed, so generally, I settled for cleaning up the photos and duplicating the article below. If you really want to see the pictures of the page, click one of these links. 640x480.jpg 800x600.jpg 3150x2143.jpg
- Greg Browne, 1st French Horn 1968-1970
(A newspaper for USAREUR and Seventh Army Troops)
33rd Army Band Known Throughout EuropeStory by SP5 Clifford Gates - Photos by SP5 Humberto Salas (Humbert is a misspelling by the paper)
A hushed silence falls over the concert hall. The conductor mounts the podium and raps
his baton for attention. He sets the tempo and the 33rd Army Band begins another concert.
The band was formed on June 25, 1949, in Mannheim, but moved to Heidelberg in December, 1952 to provide music for USAREUR headquarters, and has become known as America's finest military band overseas.
This reputation does not depend entirely on its ceremonies or parades, but is enhanced by its many concert performances in the Heidelberg area and throughout Western Europe. The resplendent appearance of the bandsmen in dress blue uniforms, and the glitter of highly-polished instruments coupled with the universal appeal of well-blended music make this unit a favorite with all audiences.
The band has performed at many noteworthy occasions including the late President John F. Kennedy's visit to Europe in 1963. The band also played for the annual NATO Taptoe in Arnhem, Holland; the 20th anniversary of the Allied landing in Normandy, France; and during the visit of Secretary of the Army, Stanley R. Resor, the 33rd, frequently referred to as the USAREUR Band, was chosen as the honor guard band. The band has also performed in most principal cities of Western Europe.
When not participating in international events, the band is frequently working on community relations projects. Its latest community relations concert was Dec. 5 in Phillipsburg, the home of the Bundeswehr's 210th Field Artillery. The band also participated in the annual USAREUR Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Headquarters, USAREUR Dec. 12.
Not content simply to maintain the status quo of superior concert hall and parade field performances established over the years, the hand has spawned a number of smaller groups. Two of these are a stage band, known as the USAREUR Dance Band, and a woodwind quintet. The stage band, led by the Enlisted Bandleader, MSG James A. Taylor, is frequently in demand in NCO and Officers clubs in the Heidelberg area. The woodwind quintet, organized and directed by SP5 Charles L. Clemens, is chiefly devoted to serious music.
At every performance, the band is greeted with hearty applause whether the audience is
German, American, Swiss or international. In this respect, the 33rd Army Band is exemplary
in substantiating the old adage that music is truly the international language.