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Army School of Music

The U. S. Army School of Music (USASOM) is currently conducting AIT Class 14-220. The class is being trained on individual and team skills that span the range of musical and tactical operations. Throughout the cycle, the Soldiers are assessed on individual music proficiency, performance in small music performance teams (MPTS) and performance as a large ceremonial unit. The training culminates with the field training exercise when Soldiers must demonstrate proficiency at Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills while executing musical missions as small MPTs in operational environment.

The graduation ceremony for Class 14-220 is conducted on 21 May 2014 at 1900 at the base theater on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Lieutenant Colonel Andrew J. Esch

Lieutenant Colonel Andrew J. Esch, a native of Fairfax, Virginia, holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Michigan State University and a Master of Arts degree in conducting from George Mason University. He was originally commissioned through ROTC in 1986, a Distinguished Military Graduate.

Related Link: LTC Esch's Complete Bio

Command Sergeant Major Frank T. Suri

CSM Frank T. Suri was raised in Riverview, Florida and joined the Army in October 1989. He holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Excelsior College and a master's degree in Management and Leadership from Webster University.

Related Link: CSM Suri's Complete Bio

USASOM Monthly Roundtable

USASOM will host the first USASOM Monthly Roundtable on July 11, 2013 from 1030 to 1130 EST.

All Army Musicians are welcome to log into the url on DCO without a CAC and participate with questions/comments or simply listen in:

https://connect.dco.dod.mil/usasommonthlyroundtable

Commandant, USASOM, will be conducting monthly roundtables addressing various topics driven by your input as well as information of interest to USASOM that is pertinent to the field at large.

Sustainment Commander's Guide to Army Bands Operations

Sustainment Commander's Guide to Army Bands Operations provides an overview of Army bands and their key operating considerations for battalion and higher command teams, Command Sergeants Major, Warrant Officers, and Officers at all levels of command and staff.

This guide descrives the mission of Army bands, their structure, mission control, employment of Army bands in unified land operations, best employment practices, performance indicators, basic logistics, mobility data, legal restrictions and mission support. It describes new authorization documents which will become effective incrementally in FY15 through FY17 and lists Rules of Allocation for bands in the Operating Force.

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Supporting the Army Through Music - A New "Brand"

As our bands have superbly served the needs of the Army and the Nation during the last twelve years of conflict, we have also greatly expanded the types of ensembles and the styles of music that we provide to meet the demands of our audience. Today's Army Band is much more than just a marching band or a concert band. It is a music performance unit featuring diverse NCO-led Music Performance Teams supervised by Officers who are not only conductors but also production experts in addition to their command and staff responsibilities.

To many, the word "band" conjures up a very specific and somewhat limited image. Perhaps it's defined in their mind by the number of sousaphones or the formality of a concert hall. While this may have been adequate to summarize what we did in the past, what we are doing today goes far beyond most people's concept of "band music." Accordingly, we will update our "brand" from "Army Bands" to "Army Music."

Our Enlisted MOS titles (42R = Musician, 42S = Special Musician) went through this change last year and it's time for our entire program to follow suit. Let me be clear - this will not change the name of any unit! The XXth Division Band will remain the XXth Division Band.

What we will do is change "Army Bands Online" to "Army Music Online" and in cooperation with USAREC and human resource management officials change the "Army Band Career Program" to the "Army Music Career Program." These changes will help to make clear the full range of what you do to prospective Soldier-Musicians, our supporters, and the many thousands of audience members who we serve so well.

COL Todd Garlick
Chief, Army Music

SUBJECT: ALARACT PERFORMANCE OF "THE ARMY SONG"//
1. (U) EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, WHENEVER THE OFFICIAL SONG OF THE U.S. ARMY, "THE ARMY GOES ROLLING ALONG," IS PERFORMED, IT WILL BEGIN WITH A SHORT INTRODUCTION, THEN THE VERSE, FOLLOWED BY THE CHORUS, AND THEN THE REFRAIN.
2. (U) LYRICS, SOUND FILES, AND SHEET MUSIC OF THIS FORMAT ARE POSTED AT HTTP://BANDS.ARMY.MIL/ARMYSONG
3. (U) COMMANDERS WILL ENSURE THAT ALL SOLDIERS LEARN THE LYRICS AND STAND AND SING WHEN OUR SONG IS PERFORMED.
4. (U) WHEN "THE ARMY GOES ROLLING ALONG" IS PERFORMED AS PART OF A MEDLEY OF THE OFFICIAL SONGS OF THE ARMED FORCES, IT WILL BE PERFORMED IN THE TRADITIONAL CHORUS-REFRAIN FORMAT AND IAW AR 220-90, PARA 2-5G.
5. (U) POC THIS MESSAGE IS SGM PAUL MURTHA, MDW, AT COMM: 703-696-3648,
EMAIL: PAUL.A.MURTHA@US.ARMY.MIL.
6. (U) EXPIRATION OF THIS MESSAGE IS WHEN SUPERSEDED BY OTHER DA GUIDANCE OR REGULATION. EXPIRATION DATE CANNOT BE DETERMINED.

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SSI LRC

The SSI Learning Resource Center is designed to provide access to the latest Adjutant General, Financial Management, and Recruiting and Retention training material.  Resources are available for individual, collective, distributed learning to CAC (common access card) and AKO users.

Click here to explore the LRC.

New users: You must have a CAC Reader to login to the LRC. Next, Select AKO login from the dropdown menu and proceed to the LRC.

Instructions for Accessing Course Materials in SSI's SharePoint

SSI Mandatory Training Classes and SharePoint Tracking System

REMEMBER: When using your CAC Card select your EMAIL Certificate when accessing SharePoint. RRS Users, External Users, ARNG, and USAR will still use their AKO Credentials.

All registrations for mandatory training are now on SharePoint for ease of use and tracking by units.

You MUST complete the Registration Form after the training in order to recieve course credit. Printing of certificates for tracking is not required nor accepted. All completions will populate Army Enterprise Systems.

NOTE: You MUST turn off the pop up blocker in Internet Explorer(under tools)to complete dL training within the Army Enterprise.

Click Here to Log Into the Mandatory Training Site.
RRS Personnel Click Here to Log Into the Mandatory Training Site.

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