* FM 12-50

Field Manual
No. 12-50
Headquarters
Department of the Army
Washington, D.C., 15 October 1999

U.S. ARMY BANDS

FM 12-50

 

Contents

PREFACE

Chapter 1 — BACKGROUND

Mission
Overview
Levels of Military Operations
Chapter 2 — BAND STRUCTURE, CAPABILITY, AND SUPPORT

Section I - TOE 12113 - Division and Army Band (Direct Support)

Structure
Organization
Employment
Support
Capabilities

Section II - TOE 12733 - Army Band (General Support)

Structure
Organization
Employment
Support
Capabilities

Section III - TOE 12723 - The U.S. Military Academy Band

Structure
Organization
Employment
Support
Capabilities

Section IV - TOE 12713 - The U.S. Army Field Band

Structure
Organization
Employment
Support
Capabilities

Section V - TOE 12703 - The U.S. Army Band (Pershing's Own)

Structure
Organization
Employment
Support
Capabilities
Chapter 3 — RESPONSIBILITIES

Section I - TOE 12113 - Division and Army Band (Direct Support)

Band Commander
Band Sergeant Major/First Sergeant
Group Leader
Section Leader
Senior Instrumentalist
Instrumentalist

Section II - TOE 12733 - Army Band (General Support)

Band Commander
Associate Bandmaster
Band Sergeant Major
Group Leader
Section Leader
Senior Instrumentalist
Instrumentalist

Section III - TOE 12723 - The U.S. Military Academy Band

Band Commander
Executive Officer/Associate Bandmaster
Associate Bandmaster
Band Sergeant Major
Drum Major
Group Leader
Section Leader
Senior Support NCO
Section Leader
Senior Instrumentalist
Support NCO
Vocalist
Instrumentalist

Section IV - TOE 12713 - The U.S. Army Field Band

Commander
Deputy Commander/Associate Bandmaster
Associate Bandmaster
Bandmaster
Band Sergeant Major
Group/Section Leader
Master Support NCO
Master Instrumentalist
Master Vocalist
Section Leader
Senior Support NCO
Senior Vocalist
Senior Instrumentalist
Support NCO
Vocalist
Instrumentalist

Section V - TOE 12703 - The U.S. Army Band (Pershing's Own)

Band Commander
Executive Officer
Operations Officer/Associate Bandmaster
Associate Bandmaster
Bandmaster
Band Sergeant Major
Drum Major
Group Leader
Senior Soloist
Master Support NCO
Master Vocalist
Section Leader
Master Instrumentalist
Section Leader
Senior Support NCO
Senior Vocalist
Senior Instrumentalist
Support NCO
Vocalist
Instrumentalist
Chapter 4 — BAND OPERATIONS
Command and Control
Missions
Mission Types
Executing Operations
Chapter 5 — BAND TRAINING
Resources
Rehearsal
Institutional Training
Unit Collective Training
Unit Level Individual Training
Training Management and Evaluation
Chapter 6 — BAND SUPPLY
Responsibilities
Maintenance
Supply Automation
Chapter 7 — BAND ADMINISTRATION
Personnel Actions
Finance Actions
SIDPERS-3
Award Recommendations
Non-Commissioned Officer Evaluation Report (NCOER)
Officer Evaluation Report (OER)
Publications
Files Maintenance
Mail Clerk
General Correspondence
Chapter 8 — SUSTAINMENT
Manning
Arming/Equipping
Prescribed Load List (PLL)
Fueling
Fixing
Transporting
Protecting
Feeding
Combat Health Support
Appendix A — OFFICIAL AND CEREMONIAL MUSIC

Section I - Ceremonial Music

To The Color
National Anthem
Ruffles and Flourishes
Funeral Dirge
Hail to the Chief
Hail Columbia
General's March
Flag Officer's March
The Army Goes Rolling Along
Sound Off

Section II - Bugle Calls

Warning Calls
Formation Calls
Alarm Calls
Service Calls
Ceremonial Bugle Calls
Appendix B — THE MARCHING BAND

Section I - Formations and Alignments

Formations
Instrumental Placement
Guide Files
Alignment

Section II - Marching Movements

Change Posts - Drum Major at the Front of the Band
Change Posts - Band Commander at the Front of the Band
Left Turn
Right Turn
Left Turn - Alternate
Right Turn - Alternate
Reversible Countermarch
Nonreversible Countermarch
Guide Around and Half Turns
Changing Music
Obstacles

Section III - Band Commander Movements

Stationary Movements
Instruments Up
Conducting Region
Cut Off Cadence
Cut Off (Fermata)
Instruments Down

Section IV - Military Ceremonies

Reviews
Review with Retreat
Review with Decorations, Awards, or Individual Retirement
Review with Change of Command, Activation, or Inactivation
Mounted Review
Special Review
Parades
Honor Cordon
Honor Guard
Formal Guard Mount
Funerals
Appendix C — PLAN OPERATIONS
Band Operations Checklist
Checklist Enclosures
Unit Risk Assessment
Band Input to an Operations Order
Appendix D — PLAN TRAINING
Mission Essential Task List (METL) Development
Plan Training
Execute Training
Assess Training
Appendix E — FACILITIES
Location of the Band Facility
Training Facilities
Administrative Facilities
GLOSSARY
BIBLIOGRAPHY
AUTHENTICATION
 

Distribution Restriction: Approved for public release: distribution is unlimited.


*This publication supercedes FM 12-50, 6 September 1991

 

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