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Maneuver Center of Excellence Band


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.


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.


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Request the Band

The MCoE Band represents the MCoE at both official and community events. Please fill out our request form and send it via e-mail to and someone from our operations team will contact you to coordinate further details. We ask at least 90 days' notice for all requests.

Woodwind Quintet

MCoE Brass Band


Brass Quintet

MCoE Brass Quintet Band Photo 1

Ceremonial Band

MCoE Brass Quintet Band Photo 1

Concert Band

MCoE Concert Band Photo 1

Jazz Combo

MCoE Jazz Band Photo 1

Rock Band

MCoE Rock Band Photo 1

Stage Band

MCoE Rock Band Photo 1