34th Army Band History
The band was originally constituted in the Iowa National Guard in 1918. It was organized and federally recognized on 1 April 1921 in the Iowa National Guard as the Band Section, Service Company, 134th Infantry, an element of the 34th Division, at Fairfield, Iowa. It was redesignated on 11 July 1921 as the Bans Section, Service Company, 113rd Infantry, 34th Division.
It was reorganized and redesignated on 1 May 1940 as the Band, 113rd Infantry. The band was inducted into federal service on 10 February 1941 at Fairfield, Iowa. (The 34th Division was redesignated as the 34th Infantry (Red Bull) Division on 1 May 1942). The band was consolidated on 1 August 1943 with the Band, 135th Infantry Division, Minnesota National Guard, to form the 34th Infantry Division Band. It was inactivated on 3 November 1945 at Camp Patrick Henry, Virginia. When the band members returned home from the war, they were all wearing Combat Infantryman's Badges. They had all seen combat.
Iowa elements of the band reorganized and were federally recognized on 15 April 1947 as the 34th Infantry Division Band, at Fairfield, Iowa. It was reorganized on 1 March 1963 and redesignated as the 34th Army Band, Iowa Army National Guard, and relieved from assignment to the 34th Infantry Division.
Today the band is a integral part of the Iowa National Guard public affairs program. The members of the band travel all over the State of Iowa as our ambassadors of good will as they perform and entertain. They are traditional Guardsmen and women who live in all parts of the state, and some in adjoining states. They come from virtually every walk of life.
They are great ambassadors, great musicians, and unquestionably one of the finest army bands in the land. We hope you will come to their concerts and performances when they are near you.