On behalf of the Commanding General and the Bandmaster of the United States Army Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning, Georgia, we would like to welcome you to our website.
For over 50 years, the Maneuver Center of Excellence Band (283d Army Band) has taken great pride in entertaining the Soldiers, military families, and civilians of the Fort Benning, Columbus, and Phenix City communities. The Band's performances create esprit de corps among Soldiers and veterans, as well as provide patriotic spirit within the civilian community.
The members of the Maneuver Center of Excellence Band hope that you will enjoy these pages, and we appreciate this opportunity to acquaint you with the Band's various ensembles and responsibilities. Militarily and musically, the Band lives by the MCoE motto, "One Force, One Fight!"
Are you a professional musician with college level musical training or professional performing experience?
Are you interested in a steady paycheck, a chance to perform and great benefits for you and your family, including quality housing and health and dental insurance?
Do you want to further your education, such as completing your bachelors degree, or earning a masters degree, for free?
Do you have college loans that you would like to have repaid, up to $65,000?
Do you want to have all this, as well as the pride and respect that comes with serving your country?
If all of these benefits, plus the opportunity to perform for a living interest you, call the Maneuver Center of Excellence Band today to schedule an audition, or visit Army Bands Online Auditions and fill out the Audition Sign-up Form. The audition is scheduled at your convenience, and in no way obligates you to join the Army.
Following the audition, you will receive feedback on your performance, an overview of the Army Band Program, and information about current openings.
Qualified musicians have their choice of assignment (based upon audition results and available openings). The U.S. Army currently employs over 5,000 musicians throughout the United States, as well as numerous overseas locations, including Germany, Belgium, Japan, and Korea.
For more information about the Army Band Program, including a list of frequently asked questions, go to the Army Bands Online Careers Page.
To Request the MCoE Band, please call (706) 545-5313.
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The 283rd Army Center Band’s history dates back to 1916 when the band was first organized in El Paso, Texas, as the 34th Infantry Band, of the 34th Infantry Regiment. During its time with the 34th Infantry Regiment the band earned campaign participation credit in World War I at Lorraine, France. The band served for many years at Fort Benning, Georgia, until it was inactivated in June of 1940 at Fort Benning.
In October of 1942 the band was reactivated at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and this time aligned with the 136th Infantry Regiment. The band was once again called on to support overseas efforts during wartime. It was stationed on various Hawaiian Islands and then at Luzon, Manila in the Philippine Islands, before being deactivated once again in December of 1946.
After several re-organizations and re-designations in the 1940’s the band was finally activated once again on Fort Benning, Georgia in 1955, as the 283rd Army Band. In 2009 during Ft. Benning's transformation with Ft. Campbell, the band was officially designated as the Maneuver Center of Excellence Band.
Currently the MCoE Band, with its eight performing groups accomplishes over 500 military missions a year in support of the military and civilian communities in and around Fort Benning.
The Big Nasty Brass Band is a versatile and high energy Music Performance Team of the Maneuver Center of Excellence Band. BNBB, formed in May 2011, finds its roots in New Orleans music of all types. This lively group provides music ranging from Dixieland and brass band second line tradition to modern funky brass, zydeco rock, blues and swing.
Musical influences include the Rebirth and Youngblood Brass Bands, Trombone Shorty, Dixie Power Trio and traditional New Orleans musicians, from Louis Armstrong to Wynton Marsalis. The group consists of eight versatile musicians, including several vocalists, brass, woodwinds and a rhythm section. BNBB strives to incorporate a wide variety of American music genres, including country, rock, rhythm and blues, funk and hip hop into a cohesive and entertaining blend.
Additionally, the band is capable of performing military ceremonial music, polka music and chamber music by converting to a brass quintet with a percussion section. This group is portable and mobile, capable of quick set-up in a wide variety of indoor and outdoor venues.
Benning Brass is one of two brass quintets in the Maneuver Center of Excellence Band. Formed in April 2012, Benning Brass performs extensively at ceremonies and events throughout the Fort Benning and Columbus, GA area. Benning Brass is a versatile ensemble capable of performing a variety of genres and styles of music to include classical, jazz, Dixieland and marches.
Ear Assault! brass quintet performs in various musical styles including classical, jazz, pop and ceremonial music for military balls, schools, special events and holiday programs. Ear Assault! strives to put on a program that’s both entertaining and memorable to our audience members, with selections such as “Cartoon Symphony” and “Disney’s The Incredibles” to more cultured selections from Duke Ellington’s “In a Sentimental Mood” and Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.”
The Ceremonial Band is a highly visible and versatile performing group. With more than 200 performances a year, this ensemble supports a variety of military ceremonies and special events at Fort Benning and its surrounding communities. Whether it is a parade, a Basic Training Graduation, an Officer Candidate School Graduation, or a Change of Command Ceremony, the Ceremonial Band always adds a special flair and dignity to every occasion.
Throughout the years, the United States Army Maneuver Center of Excellence Band has established itself as one of the Army's finest musical ensembles. It's annual Holiday Concert performance at The RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, a "standing room only" event featuring a wide variety of virtuosic and entertaining musical selections, has become a favorite tradition in the Fort Benning and Columbus communities.
The MCOE Concert band was selected to be the featured
performer for the 2012 International Trumpet Guild Conference Opening night
Concert. During the concert the band collaborated with renowned jazz
trumpeter Marvin Stamm and pianist Bill Mays as well as Michael Martin of
the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The band also performed the World Premier of
"Concertino del Sur", written by Christopher Tucker for Dr. Robert and
The hot Jazz sounds of Jazz Fire have earned this band a reputation as the Fort Benning and local community’s premiere Jazz band. Their spicy blend of music and musicians perform at Army unit events, outreach missions, community festivals, VA hospitals and Sea World’s Viva La Musica Festival. But the band is at home wherever a dance floor can be cleared. Fueled by a fiery rhythm section and high-octane horns, Jazz Fire plays a wide variety of Jazz style, from Plena to Reggaeton to Salsa and Merengue.
The MCoE Band’s rock combo was formed in October of 2011. This four-man group is an energenic team of talented musicians playing "everything that rocks" from the classic rock of the ‘60s and ‘70s to the hits of the ‘80s and ‘90s and all things modern. Past events have included football tailgates, farewells, and annual Octoberfest and Independence Day events at Fort Benning.
The MCoE band also supports functions with smaller jazz combos and solo piano.