U.S. Army Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Army Band & World Music Day – Interview

U.S. Army Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Army Band & World Music Day – Interview

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World Music Day is June 21

In the U.S. Army, Musicians Find the Thriving Careers They’re Looking For.

World Music Day celebrates music in all forms, the impact it has on culture today, and the musicians behind it all. Those looking for a career in music can find it in a rather unexpected place: as a Soldier in the U.S. Army.

As the largest employer of musicians in the world, the Army provides meaningful career opportunities for artists with longevity, stability, and many career benefits.

Across the Army’s 80+ bands, Soldiers perform as vocalists, musicians, bandleaders, and conductors in every genre imaginable from rock, pop, R & B, country, jazz, and even hip hop. Careers in music are just some of the over 200 jobs available in the Army, offering world-class training and opportunities for Soldiers to pursue their passions.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Army Band (also known as Pershing’s Own) – the premier musical organization of the Army that provides musical support for the leadership of the United States and connects the Army to the American people. Across its ensembles, Soldiers perform in special ceremonies, and concerts for the public, and even share their talents with other Soldiers to support morale overseas.

Join me in a recent interview with Staff Sgt. Javier Nero who is a trombonist in the U.S. Army Blues, an 18-piece jazz ensemble.  He will discuss living out his passion for music while serving the country and his communities.  He will also discuss the many musical opportunities the Army has to offer.

Listen the entire interview here: U.S. Army World Music Day – Michigan Mama News – YouTube

For more information, go to http://www.goarmy.com.


STAFF SERGEANT(SSG) Nero Bio: SSG Javier Nero is an international award-winning jazz trombonist, composer, arranger and educator. Nero has won first place in four international jazz solo competitions, including the International Trombone Association’s J.J. Johnson and Carl Fontana competitions, the Texas State Jazz Trombone competition, and the Eastern Trombone Workshop jazz solo competition. Javier’s compositions have also earned him entry into the prestigious Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program, the Banff Centre’s Jazz and Creative Music Workshop, awards from Ithaca College, and Downbeat magazine. Nero released an album in 2020 entitled “Freedom” which features ten original compositions written for his septet, featuring Grammy award- winning trumpeter Brain Lynch and pianist Shelly Berg. Dr. Nero recently won the position of lead trombone in the prestigious the U.S. Army Blues, an element of The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in Washington DC.

*Interview and photos courtesy: U.S. Army

Cynthia Tait

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