Military bands have a long tradition of supporting and entertaining service members and civilians with music. In Wisconsin, the National Guard's 132nd Army Band keeps the tradition alive and thriving with approximately 60 citizen-Soldier-musicians who travel the state, the country and even the world with a variety of music that everybody enjoys.A descendant of the Army Guard's famed 32nd "Red Arrow" Division bands of World War I and World War II, today's 132nd Army Band is an exceptional band of outstanding musicians. The band inaugurates Wisconsin governors, has played honors for the President of the United States, helped commission the battleship USS Wisconsin, has played with the Milwaukee and Beloit/Janesville Symphony Orchestras, commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of the Wisconsin Guard's World War II service in Australia, welcomed home each of the Wisconsin Guard's Desert Storm units, and played for military ceremonies and public performances in Germany.
Many band members are civilian musicians, music students or band directors, and others represent a number of other civilian professions in their hometowns throughout Wisconsin and other nearby states. But when they come together as the 132nd Army Band, they're all musicians in one of the finest military bands in the Nation.
Audiences may be surprised at the versatility of this Army band, which plays a wide range of music that goes far beyond traditional concert and marching band material. Within the unit are various performing ensembles including the "Patriot Jazz" big band, the "EZ Jazz" jazz combo, the "Claymore Project" Rock Band, the "Soldiers of Sax" saxophone ensemble, the "Guardian Winds" woodwind quintet, and brass quintets.
And of course there is the concert band. With as many as 60 musicians, the 132nd concert band has delighted audiences from Wisconsin to Australia to Germany.
The 132nd Army Band has a group appropriate for almost any event, from parades to concerts, and everything in between.
Provide music throughout the full spectrum of military operations and instill in our soldiers the will to fight and win, foster the support of our citizens, and promote our national interests at home and abroad.
Concert Band: This ensemble consists of all 60+ members of the band and performs intricate symphonic works, Broadway favorites, and motion picture themes.
Ceremonial Band: This ensemble consists of 25-60 members and supports military ceremonies as well as public parades and performances.
Forward Brass quintet: This ensemble has the capability of supporting a wide variety of missions. They have supported everything from official military ceremonies, to public performances of all types. Their play list includes military marches, Broadway and movie favorites along with Dixieland and arrangements of symphonic works.
Patriot Jazz Band: This versatile 20-member band plays a variety of music including traditional Big-Band jazz favorites, Top 40 hits, Motown and Blues.
'EZ Jazz' Combo: This is a smaller jazz ensemble and plays traditional jazz favorites and is an easy-listening alternative to the larger Patriot Jazz Band, but can still support a wide variety of venues.
Soldiers of Sax: This group of 4-6 saxophonists stands ready to entertain both Soldiers and civilians. They enjoy performing music from several genres, to include swing, rag-time pop, and classical.
A.A.R.: This is our Rock Band that plays a wide variety of genres, ranging from classic rock to the Top 40 hits of today. This ensemble is equally capable of performing as a headline group for large audiences or playing small venue acoustic sets.
Badger Brass Collective: This versatile brass ensemble performs in a variety of combinations. They play anything from New Orleans style brass band, to classical, to popular music.
Country Enough: A popular music ensemble performing a wide range of music from classic country artists like Patsy Cline to today's chart topping artists such as Jason Aldean. The ensemble performs music for those audience members that are not huge country fans with styles ranging from folk to gypsy punk.
The 132d Army Band was constituted in the Wisconsin Army National Guard in 1946 as the 32d Infantry Division Band. Organized and Federally recognized on May 10, 1948 in Madison, Wisconsin.On October 15, 1961 the Band was inducted into federal service at Madison and was assigned to Fort Lewis, Washington. On August 10th, 1963 the Band returned from Fort Lewis, WA and was released from Federal Service.
The Band underwent reorganization and re-designation on April 1, 1963 as a portion of Headquarters and Headquarters and Band 32d Infantry Division Support Command.
The Band underwent another reorganization on February 14, 1964 as a portion of Headquarters and Headquarters Company and Band 32d Infantry Division Support Command.
The Band was again reorganized and re-designated on December 30, 1967 as the 132d Army Band and relieved from assignment to the 32d Infantry Division.