27 Jun '16, 5pm

Don't discount military bands' strategic value, supporters warn Congress

Don't discount military bands' strategic value, supporters warn Congress

Soldiers of the U.S. Army Europe Band play national anthems during the honors to the nations at the Regional Health Command Europe change of command ceremony in on June 24 in Sembach, Germany. (Photo: Capt. Jeku Arce/Army) 8 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE Supporters of military bands are pushing back against legislative attacks on the musicians’ work, arguing the benefits the groups provide outweigh the costs cited by critics. Earlier this month, House lawmakers approved new restrictions on military ensemble performances at social functions outside official duties. The move would not directly cut any performance funds, but would stop service musicians’ appearances at military social events, if approved by the Senate later this year. The House has already included a full review of band costs and manning in its draft of the annual defense authorization bill, argui...

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