132nd Army Band of the Wisconsin National Guard
Military bands have a long tradition of supporting and entertaining service members and civilians with music. In Wisconsin, the National Guard’s 132nd Army Band keeps the tradition alive and thriving with approximately 50 citizen-Soldier-musicians who travel the state, the country and even the world with a variety of music that everybody enjoys.
A descendant of the Army Guard’s famed 32nd “Red Arrow” Division bands of World War I and World War II, today’s 132nd Army Band is an exceptional band of outstanding musicians. The band inaugurates Wisconsin governors, has played honors for the President of the United States, helped commission the battleship USS Wisconsin, has played with the Milwaukee and Beloit/Janesville Symphony Orchestras, commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of the Wisconsin Guard’s World War II service in Australia, welcomed home each of the Wisconsin Guard’s Desert Storm units, and played for military ceremonies and public performances in Germany and Hawaii.
Many band members are civilian musicians, music students or band directors, and others represent a number of other civilian professions in their hometowns throughout Wisconsin and other nearby states. But when they come together as the 132nd Army Band, they’re all musicians in one of the finest military bands in the Nation.
Audiences may be surprised at the versatility of this Army band, which plays a wide range of music that goes far beyond traditional concert and marching band material. Within the unit are various performing ensembles including the “Patriot Jazz” big band, the “EZ Jazz” jazz combo, the “Country Enough” Country/Classic Rock Band, the “A.A.R.” Rock Band, the “Soldiers of Sax” saxophone ensemble, the “Guardian Winds” flute choir, the “Badger Brass” brass ensemble, and brass quintets.
And of course there is the concert band. With as many as 50 musicians, the 132nd concert band has delighted audiences from Wisconsin to Australia to Germany.
The 132nd Army Band has a group appropriate for almost any event, from parades to concerts, and everything in between.