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This picture was taken in my hometown Venlo (The Netherlands) around march 1945. Venlo was liberated on march 1st 1945 by Task Force Byrne (320th IR; 35th ID along with the 784th tank battalion). Unfortunately as of yet I have no idea to what unit this band belonged.

 

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I obtained the chevrons pictured below several years ago at a Militaria show. I have not been able to
positively identify them. The chevrons are 4 ¼ inches wide and 6 ½ inches tall. Construction is of white
wool machine sewn on a dark blue or black wool. The star is hand embroidered in silk and the lyre is
machine embroidered. I had assumed these chevrons were for a high school or college marching band.
I found the photo online but unfortunately, did not take down the source. It appears that the
chevrons in the picture are very similar to the three illustrated below. The photo of the bandsman with
the trombone appears to be an 8 by 10, therefore the chevrons in the picture look to be about 4 ¼
inches wide.

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This WWI bass drum from the 37th Aero Squadron has been on display at the National Museum of the Air Force for many, many years and is always an exhibit that I stop to see.

 

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Salvage Sailor

That is a fabulous bass drum

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That is a fabulous bass drum

 

Thanks Salvage Sailor! As I mentioned, it is a "must see" for me each time I go to the museum.

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Speaking of Army bass drums emblazoned with the Kaiser's countenance, here's an old eBay offering ff a drum and the Army artists who painted it that sold for way more than I bid on it. In retrospect, I guess I should have bid more. If my memory is correct, both the man and the drum hailed also from an aero squadron.

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Speaking of Army bass drums emblazoned with the Kaiser's countenance, here's an old eBay offering ff a drum and the Army artists who painted it that sold for way more than I bid on it. In retrospect, I guess I should have bid more. If my memory is correct, both the man and the drum hailed also from an aero squadron.

 

Wow! What a great image!

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173rd Aero Squadron Drum. I think this might be another iteration of the same drum shown above, or perhaps the reverse side of it.

Image via Chuck Thomas

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Buglers and drummers from an unidentified Army, National Guard or 'other' military organization, circa 1917.

 

I say 'other' because at least three of the buglers, in addition to the bugler chevrons, are wearing a tab or insignia with initials on it (see the next photo). I'm hoping someone might have seen that particular insignia before, and ID it for me.

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Close up of the mystery tab. this example is on the left sleeve of the lower right-hand bugler in the bottom row, right at the elbow bend.

 

Any guesses?

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"Gold Brick", 3rd Army bugler, circa 1919. Both he and the partying bugler in the previous post are carrying the longer garrison bugle.

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I think the collar brass is Quartermaster, so this (I think) is a quartermaster band, circa 1908.

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Unidentified Army trombonist, circa 1918. Note the 1904 Musicians Pouch slung from his right shoulder. The 1904 pouch came in two sizes large and small. This one is the large size, the small size was shorter. The pouch was used to carry sheet music and whatever accessories, if any, the musicians instrument required.

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I believe this to be the 16th Infantry, 1st Division band in, or near, the port of St. Nazarie, France, shortly after the vanguard of that division landed there in the summer of 1917. The onlooker is a German POW taken by the French previous to the arrival of the Yanks.

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