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NJ Army National Guard 63rd Army Band

History
History

The 63rd Army Band was organized in Atlantic City and federally recognized on October 28, 1947. It was called into federal service during the Korean Conflict and served stateside at Fort Polk.

Permission was given the New Jersey National Guard to form a Ground Forces Band while the principal unit was still on federal duty. The 63rd Army Band, New Jersey Army National Guard, was then organized and federally recognized on July 2, 1953, in Camden, New Jersey. The band was assigned to the National Guard Training Center at Sea Girt, New Jersey in 1969 and has remained there ever since.

During its history, the 63rd has performed in civilian and military concerts, and participated in parades and ceremonies, which include:

  • The United States Embassy in LaPaz, Bolivia.
  • The Women for Military Service in America Memorial Dedication in Washington, D.C.
  • The U.S. Mission to the United Nations
  • The New Jersey State Vietnam Memorial Dedication
  • The Nation's Parade in New York City, which marked the 50th Anniversary of the end of World War II
  • The Statue of Liberty's 100th Birthday Celebration
  • The Vietnam Memorial Dedication in Washington, D.C.


On July 6, 1995, the Band was designated as a Commemorative Community by the Department of Defense World War II Commemorative Committee for its support of the many ceremonies during the 50th Anniversary of the end of World War II.

The Band's awards include the Eisenhower Trophy, the Governor's Unit Award, and the National Guard Bureau's Superior Unit Award.

The 63rd Army Band is proud of its many awards and designations, including its C-1 rating, the highest rating a reserve component can attain.

The 63rd Army Band is the largest military band in the State of New Jersey and is under the command of Warrant Officer Durinda Garrison.

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