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                                               BANDOLOGY
                                        2010 Reunion Concert
                                    Women's Army Corps Band CD
                     
                                   Written & Arranged by Eric Osterling
                          
                               Performed by the 14th  Women's Army Band
                               
                                 Recording Green Quest Video Productions
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Celebration
Washing post- bring in the colors
National Athem
Washing post- Retire the color guard
Tympani Roll
America the beautiful
Bandology
Folk festival
There's mothing like a dame
 WAC Medley:
    COL Bogey ( Duty)
    WAC is a soldier too
    Pallas Athena
Boogie Woogie Bugle boy
This is my country
Duty, Honor, Country
Army song
Army goes rolling along
Washing post- Color guard in
Washington post- Retire the colors
Encore: Stars and Stripes

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                                      IN MEMORY OF
                          
                                      

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                                                  LTC Joyce E. Eslick
                                                       1929- 2010
                                       Wac Band Company Commander

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                                       SP4  Kathryn Macallister Blount
                                                      1951-2010

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                                                   SGT  Karthryn Tapp
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                                                            "Tapper"   
                                                                  
                                                                                                                

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                                                 SP4  Kay E. Whithers
                                                         1949-2009

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For over four decades, women from all over the country came together to serve in the Women's Army Corps (WAC) Band. The 14th Army Band (WAC) was deactivated in 1976, in preparation for the integration, the following year, of the Women's Army Corps into the regular Army.
 
The 2010 reunion marked the 4th time this decade the former WACs have gathered at their previous "home" of Ft. McClellan, Alabama for several days of rehearsal and fun, followed by one of the most moving concerts a person could be privileged to be a part of. As one of the "babies," I stand in awe of these women: their talent, their service, and their friendship!
                                Linda Shelton  Magaughey
                                     Percussion section 
         
                                                                                                   
                            

                              SFC KAREN SYVERSON REUNION HISTORY
 
Oct  2004, falling silent for over 30 years, the WAC band responded to the command of FALL IN and here we came to FT McClellan continuing in our mission to entertain the troops.
 
The 2004 theme for this reunion was THE WAY WE WERE.   50 Wac band members came home and 37 of us played the music that annouced our return to the concert stage. We were astonished and gratified by the response of the WAC band members and the WAC community.
 
Oct 2006, The WAC band took a SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY home, remembering our  Ft Lee roots and the decades of women who so proudly served in the WAC band.   40 Wac band members  came home and 36 played on  the concert stage.  During that reunion, we had the honor of playing a piece remembering Dec  7 1941, narrated by Robert Delano, the last official member of the WAC band.
 
Oct 2008: The WAC band reunion members followed the theme WE'LL PLAY FOR YOU and even sang for you.  53 came home and 45 played the concert stage . 1SG Helen Kolop became the 1SG of the band in 1951 and proudly led her unit into the chapel.
 
Women of the  50's decade reported to 1SG Kolop and after reporting to her, 1SG Jane Kilgore stood fast and recieved the women of the 60's and after reporting to her 1SG Dixie Jensen stood fast and received the women of the 70's.
 
It is a wonderful living example of the continuity of the WAC band and now it is Oct 2010, continuity once again has driven home for the celebartion by a lady here tonight, representing 401st  ASF band, Sylvia Greenstien , member  one of the  5 Wac bands  from WW2.   57 Wac band members came home and 44 played on the concert stage.
 
 

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WAC band members hold biennial reunion

Anniston Star newspaper

 

Chief Warrant Officer 5 Jeanne Pace is a 38-year veteran of the U.S. Army. She is also a clarinetist spending part of her two-week R&R from Iraq in Anniston in the company of friends, recalling old times when Fort McClellan was covered in khaki, not kudzu.

Pace is one of 57 former members of the 14th Army Band (WAC) who’ve enjoyed a homecoming in Anniston this week. Their biennial reunion has taken place since October 2004, its highlight always a concert.

At Friday night’s performance 44 members picked up instruments, their music — some of it inspirational, some of it fun — joyously shaking the rafters in the WAC chapel.

Prior to the show, while her fellow band members warmed up, Pace spoke movingly of the significance the reunions have for her.

“There (is) quite a sisterhood among us, even though we didn’t serve together,” Pace said, explaining how each generation “created a foundation” for her and other servicewomen/musicians coming along later.

California resident Gail Belmont is no longer in the Army. The trumpet player now operates Quilts of Honor, a nonprofit dedicated to making quilts for returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. As a member of the WAC band, she was posted to Fort McClellan from 1969 to 1972.

She said former band members arrived in town early this week and have been rehearsing ever since. There was no practice on Friday, however, she said, because members wished to “save our lips for tonight.”

“We feel very honored to do this,” Belmont said.
Of McClellan, Belmont said, “Everything looks the same. The mess hall ain’t changed in 40 years.”
She said Anniston hasn’t changed that much, either.
Dixie Jensen, a former WAC band member who lives in Saks, has been instrumental in planning the reunion.

“The camaraderie never goes away,” she said. Indeed, the theme of this year’s reunion was “Celebration.”
Jensen was stationed at McClellan for most of 20 years starting in 1960. She plays trombone.
Speaking by phone earlier Friday, Jensen mentioned a list of celebrated figures returning this year.

Master Sgt. Bernice Goldstein (ret.) is the conductor.
“Goldie,” as she’s called — “Everybody gets a nickname,” said Jensen — was bandleader of the 14th Army Band (WAC) from 1973 to 1975. She signed up with Uncle Sam in 1952, and now plays the keyboard at events around Washington, D.C.
Another band member is Carol Eggert, who just returned from Iraq and will soon make brigadier general. She plays the French horn.“We are very, very proud of these people,” Jensen said.

              THE BANQUET DIXIE JENSEN'S PLACE

Photo's shared by Linda Shelton  McGauhey-Deb Scharf - Carol Bazan Spencer- Linda Whitman  WAC band reunion Oct 2010

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SFC KAREN SYVERSON-BG CAROL EGGERT-1SG DIXIE JENSEN

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Maureen Hayes and Carol Bazan Spencer Oct 2010

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Starrann Wide and Cheryl Wasson Oct 2010

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ANN LOGAN CROSSLAND "LOGIE"

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SSG JUDITH (TOTH) BINGHAN 1968-1974

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MSG BERNICE "GOLDIE" GOLDSTEIN

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1SG JANE KILGORE

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                                               CSM Helen Johnston Ret
                                                                1SG Dixie Jensen Ret

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1SG  Molly Edwards Ret

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                               BAND RESHEARSAL
                                   Hampton Inn
                                    Anniston AL

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ANN " FOXIE" FOX

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CAROL JENSEN

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SFC HELEN GILLESPIE- 1971-1974

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CONNIE NELSON

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KAREN NICHOL

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                                              Connie Nelson-
                                                              Dixie Jensen-
                                                                Susie Hom

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Jan Larson and Linda McGauhey Oct 2010

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LENORE BLANTON WAC BAND TRUMPET 1973-1975

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JENNIE BETH MURDOCK

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GENNIE ALLEDGE

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DEB KIWI DAVIS

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PAT WADLINGTON

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1SG DIXIE JENSEN

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CANDICE GUY

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SFC SUSIE HOM

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SFC KAREN SYVERSON

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JAN RICHARDS LARSON

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                             Deb Davis- Maureen Hayes-Melinda Whitman-
                                            Helen Gillsepie- DebScharf-Susie Hom

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    Connie Nelson- Dixie Jensen- Susie Hom- Karen Nichols-
                Deb Blanton- Judy Toth- Melinda Whitman-
                    Karen Syverson- Jan Larson.

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                               BAND REHERSAL
                                   Wac Chapel

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LTC KAREN ECKBERG

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BOB DELANO WAC BAND SAAPHONE 1976-1977

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                                      BAND SECTIONS

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                               1950's  and 1960's WAC BAND MEMBERS
 
Gly Holland- Ruth Glaspey-Lori Lawreence- Judith Toth-Gail Belmont-Karen Eckberg-Susie Hom-Carol Jensen- Barbara Lush-Christine Marcellelle-Paula Copestick- Janic Krauge Pleadger- Karen Nichol- Sue Horn- Bernice Goldstein-Jane Kilgre- Jay Beard- Dixie Jensen

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                                  2010 WAC BAND REUNION
 
Connie Nelson- Carol Eckberg- NancyEllen Morris- Bob Delano- Karen Nichol- Helen Gillespie- Cheryl Wason-  Kathryn Nelson-  Deb Scharf- Ann Fox -Linda Shelton Mcgauhey- Jeanne Pace- Susie Hom-  Ann Logan Crossland- Melinda Whitman- Lori Lawrence- Carol Bazan Spencer-Maureen Hayes- Gail Belmont-  AnnSteinkeliner- Pat Langton-  Candice Jones Guy-  Starann Wise- Lenore Blanton- Gennie Arledge -Pat Waldlington-  Deb Davis- Linda Crain Buckner-  Judith Toth-  Karen Syverson- Marye Campbell Boggs- Bernice Goldstein-  Lisa Sterns- Lynn Valerio- Jay Beard- Dixie Jensen

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                                   2010 WAC BAND REUNION
Carol Eggert- Connie Nelson- NancyEllen Morris- Gly Holland- Bob Delano- Karen Nichol- Hellen Gillespie- Cheryl Wason- Kathryn Nelson- Karen Syverson- Deb Scharf- Ann Fox- Linda Shelton McGauahey- Teddie Hamlett- Jeane Pace- Susie Hom- Ann Logan Crossland- Melinda Whitman- Lori Lawrence- Carol Bazan Spencer- Maureen Hayes- Gail Belmont- Ann Steinlener- Karen Eckberg- Pat Langton- Candice jones Guy- Starann Wise- Lenore Blanton- Gennie Arledge- Pat Wadlington- Deb Davis- Christine Marcellelle- Carol Jensen- Therese Kirbey- Ruth Glaspey- Linda Crain Buckner- Judith Toth- Sid Maurer- Marye Campbell Boggs- Bernice Goldstein- Lynn Valerio- Paula Copestick- Dixie Jensen- Sylvia Greenstein- Jan Richards Larson- Barbara Lush- Marilyn Ferrerris- Jo Meyers- Joy Bodner- Jennie Beth Murdock- Sue Horne- Janice Krause Pledger

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                                                    SAXOPHONES                                           
                                         Cheryl Wason- Gyl Holland- Karen Eckberg
                                                 Karen Nichol- Jennie Beth Murdock- Bob Delano  
                             

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                                            PERCUSSION
                    Barbara Lush- Ann Fox- Teddie Hamlett- Linda Magauhey- Karen Syverson
                     Lisa Sterns- Ann Steinkeliner-Jane Kilgore-Judy Toth- Candace Jones Guy

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                                                   FLUTES
                                                Marilyn Ferreris- Therese Kirbey
                               Marye Campbell Boggs- Jay Beard- Pat Wadlington- Jan Larsen

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                                               TRUMPETS
                       Melinda Whitman- Maureen Hayes- Deb Davis- Gail Belmont
                                   Lenore Blanton-Starrann Wise- Janice Krauge Pledger

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                                 FRENCH HORNS
                            Carol Wolfe Eggert- Christine Marceille
                               Ann Logan  Crossland- Sid Maurer- Deb Scharf

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                                            TROMBONES
                                       Connie Nelson- Susie Hom- Pat Langton
                                            Paula Copestick- Jo Meyers- Dixie Jensen

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                                          CLARINETS
                            Jeane Pace-Kathy Nelson-NancyEllen Morris
                                      Jennie Arledge- Joy Bodner-Carol Bazan Spencer

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                                                           BARITONES
                                                          Lori Lawrence- Helen Gillespie
                                             Lynn Valerio- Sylvia Greenstein- Carol Jensen

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                                             LTC Linda Crain Buckner
                                                               LTC Ruth Glaspey
                                                     Wac Band Company Commanders

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                                                   THE CONCERT
                                                      Wac Chapel
                                                          Oct  2010

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                         MSGT Bernice Goldstein and CW5 Jeanne Pace
                                                        Conductors

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MARILYN (HARRIS) FERRERIS

                               The 14th Women's Army Corp Band 2010

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                                    Wac Band Company Commanders
                                                          LTC Ruth  Glaspey  
                                                      LTC Linda Crain Buckner
                                                           US Army Ret

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                                     PERCUSSION SECTION
                                        1SG Jane Kilgore
                                                       Section Leader
                                    
Ann Fox- Teddy Hamlett- Barbara Lush- Judith Toth Bigham- Candice Jones Guy- Lisa Werner Sterns- Sure Fraiser- Ann Steinkelner- Linda Shelton McGauhey- Karen Syverson

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JANICE KRAUGE PLEDGER (Trumpet)

                                          
                                         TRUMPET SECTION
 
Starrann Wise- Melinda Whitman-Maureen Rene Hayes- Lendora Blanton-Deborah Keiwa Davis- Gail Belmont- Janice Krauge Pledger

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                                                      TUBA
                                                   Helen Gillespie

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                                                BASSOON
                                           Genni B. Grover Arledge

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                                       BARITONE SECTION
 
Slyvia Greenstein- CarolJensen- Lori Lawrence- Lynn Valerio-Tina Schafrik

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                                      FRENCH HORN SECTION
 
Debera Scharf- Christine Marceille- Sid Maurer- BG Carol Wolfe Eggert-Ann Crossland
 

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                                       TROMBONE SECTION
                                        1SG   Dixie Jenson
                                                        Section Leader
 
Susie Hom- Pat Langton- Joan Jo Meyers- Connie Nelson- Paula Copestick

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                                      SAXOPHONE SECTION
 
Karen Nichols- Karen Ekberg- 1SG Cheryl Wasson-Jenny Murdock- Sue J. Horne- Gly C. Holland- Robert Bob Delano

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                                           CLAIRINET SECTION
 
CW5 Jeanne Pace-NancyEllen Morris- Kathryn Nelson- Carol Bazan Spencer- Joy Boyd Bodner

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                                                FLUTES
 
Marilyn Ferreris- Jeanette Jay Beard-Therese Kirbey- Pat Waldlington- Marye Campbell Boggs- Jan Richards Larson

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CHERYL WASSON- BOB DELANO- KAREN NICHOL

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Ann Fox- Jane Kilgore-Candice Jones Guy - Linda Shelton Mcgauhey

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                WAC VETERANS  ASSOCIATION  HONOR  GUARD

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                                          INTERVIEWS

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Sylvia Greenstein Member of the 401 ASF WWII Band

                                                    SYLVIA GREENSTEIN
                                                             WWII   ASF
                                                         401st WAC BAND 

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Sylvia Greenstein of Hackekensack NJ  served in the Wac band from 28 Sept  1943 to 6 Feb 1946.  She was among those performing at New York ports when soldiers departed and returned and she was there to welcome home the soldiers, who were prisoner's in German  POW camps. She says she had fun in the band. Not all of it was a hardship, but alot of it was.
 
Playing on the pier when the soldiers came off the ship on stretchers and wheels chairs. Fun at the pier was meeting somebody you knew going off to war and coming home.
 
Her fondest  memory was playing on the ship that brought back the POW's from Germany. The band usually stood on the pier, but this time, they were invited on the ship by the Captain. She recalls one man who never came up on the ship all during the voyage home.
 
Apparently he was badly disfigured from being burned when his plane went down, so they assumed. When he heard that the WAC band was playing on the ship, He came up. Sylvia didn't sleep for two weeks after that.
 
Sylvia  was born in Bayonne, NJ and brought up in a small town of NJ -- Carteret.  Carteret was a small industrial town between Perth Amboy and Rahway located in the center of the state of NJ.  and that is where she  attended school.
 
Sylvia  graduated from Carteret High School where she was a member of the high school band.  In her senior year, she  played in the state solo contest and was given second rating.  One of the judges was Arthur Pryor, the composer of "The Whistler and his Dog".
 
She graduated in the year 1940.  Hadn't touched the baritone again until she  was in the WAC band .  Sylvia said  the WAAC was formed in 1942, but she  was too young to join.  The age at that time was 21 and she was only was 20.  At that time, a neighbor brought over a newspaper article saying the army needed musicians.  All they  had to do was play.  
 
So she said she would join.  (she was too young).  Never having been away from home, she was scared to death to go.  She  prayed the war would be over before she reached her  21st birthday.  In the meantime, Sylvia kept telling everyone she was going to join the Army!  The age limit was lowered to 20 the month before her  21st birthday.  Her neighbor came over to tell her she  could now join.  Sylvia  said she waited all this while, and will wait til she was 21  -- still praying the war would be over   (Life was so different in her  youth than it is today) 
 
The war was not over and since she told everyone she was going to join, she did .  There was a big ceremony when she went in.  They saved a great number of  them up and they were sworn in at Rockefeller  Center.     
 
 Sylvia was standing in front of the fountain and getting all wet during the swearing in.  she knew she was being sworn into the Army but I did not know she  had to be baptized at the same time!!
 
From there she  was put on a train and sent to the 2nd WAC training center in   Daytona Beach, FL.  and was assigned to a basic training company and after she  finished basic, she  was assigned to Band #1 and she play baritone horn.  There were two bands at that training center.

The 401 band was formed.  The band director of band #l was M/Sgt. Celia I. Merrill who was authorized to compose a band from the 2 bands and then they  were sent to Ft. Hamilton, Bklyn, NY as the 401st. And while she was with the band, It was always the 401st.

Sylvia said being  in the Army during WW2 was awesome.  she was extremely proud to walk down the street in the uniform of the US Army. And,  being a veteran of WW2 is awesome, too..  Sylvia's   license plate on her car is WW2 WAC... She says she is just Just flaunting her pride
 
 
       YOU GO RIGHT A HEAD SYLVIA AND FLAUNT ALL YOU WANT
                 THANK YOU FOR YOUR VALUABLE SERVICE
 

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These are the  piers Sylvia played at were off 12th Ave. Where the big ships came in at piers 88 and 90 in Manhattan.  They  also did some playing in Staten Isand and the Bklyn Navy base.
 
Some of the additional jobs were for recruiting drives, entertaining the wounded soldiers at hospitals, and incidentals such at marching down 6th Ave. When the name of the street was changed to The Avenue of the Americas.  One day when they  had off, they were recalled back to play a concert in the general's back yard because his wife was entertaining some ladies.  The general was very apologetic and to make up for that, he invited the band to take a cruise on his yacht!!!  Unfortunately Sylvia promised to give a pint of blood and she was call to do it the day the band went on the trip.

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                                          CSM HELEN JOHNSTON
 
She enlisted in the Womens Army Corps in Jan 1952, retiring in Jun 1980. She spoke of her brother who served in WW2. His aircraft a B17 bomber  was shot down over France. He escaped through the French underground into Spain and returned to England. When he came home, she knew what she wanted to be, IN THE ARMY.
 
CSM Johnston first met the WAC band when she was assigned to Ft McClellan AL to be a 1SG in one of the WAC basic training units. Although her cadre did a wonderful job teaching her women to march. It was the first time they went out onto the parade field and heard the WAC band playing. That was when these women could really march.
 
She has all the respect in the world for the WAC band and when she retired in 1980 and gave her retirement speech, she not only complimented her own unit where she served as CSM with the 548th, but the Womens Army Corps band also and how much they had done for her while she served.
 
There was no way not to listen to the WAC band and be inspired for life.
 
 
 
 

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                                                    Lynn Valerio
                                                          Tuba
                                                       1970-1972
 
When she joined the WAC band, alot of young people did not play large instruments or brass. So seeing the wac band interacting with them after a concert, saying were breaking the glass ceiling for you, Come on in and play, do what you want, be what you wanna be, play what you wanna play, and that's what we do.

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                                               Gly Holland
                                              Saxophone
                                               1964-1965
 
She remembers  when they played to  the very first ship of soldiers in Savannah GA that were  going  to Viet nam.  and remembers looking up at that ship as the band played for them, she thought, only half of these soldiers will come back and she started to cry as the ship pulled away from the dock. She would never know who came home.
 
Many years later, Gly became a military wife and while in Germany, she had looked at this guy in her husbands unit , thinking she knew him and he looked at her thinking the same thing. After a while they got to talking and he says, he thought he knew her.
 
Having felt the same way, they began comparing places they been too. He asked if she had ever been in Savannah GA and she said yes. He says, there was a band that played us off and they were really good. She said she was a member of that band and was so happy to know that somebody from that ship came home.

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                                                              Robert "Bob" Delano
                                                                   Saxophone
                                                                     1975-1976
                                                            Last official member of the
                                                              womens army corps band
 
Coming back here to this group of people is so special and they became over the years even more important than he could imagine. When he signed into the unit in 1976, he had no idea 30 years later, they would be this important a part of his life.
 

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BG Eggert and CW5 Jeannie Pace Oct 2010

The  two highest ranking former WAC Band members. The woman on the left (Carol Eggert) was just selected for Brigadier General. The woman on the right is a Chief Warrant Officer 5 (CW5) Jeanne Pace. Jeannie attended the concert while on leave from her current assignment in Iraq; ironically the two women met for the first time a few months ago when they were simultaneously serving in Iraq.

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                                                     CPT  Joy  Boyd Bodner
                                                                Clarinet
                                                                                                                  
She says the band was held at a very high standard and for the first time in their lives, had to deal with real accountability, not just for themselves but also for each other.
 
The band motto is Service together, friends forever and this is what entices them to continue to return every two years for the reunion concert. They had two ladies who had never been to a reunion and Joy never met them, but  in   2009 and 2010  they passed away.
 
Being in the WAC band was an 8 hours aday job, not  1 hour in a   high school band.  This was their vocation and they had directors who held them to that, because  they were the commanders band.

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                                              Marye Campbell Boggs
                                                     Flute/Picolo  
                                                       1973-1976
 
The WAC band is a  part of history, like a important part that went away and nobody seems to care, but the people are still here. They still  share somethig very unique.
 
At the time  she joined the army, the WAC band was the only band you could get into. Then about 6 months later, they opened all the other bands to women. But it was a unique opportunity for women to get together and play a very high level of professionalism that nobody really appreciated and never heard them play. What a wonderful group it was.
 
When everybody got together back in the 1990's and the Womens memorial was dedicated, they realized they needed each other, these are precious times and why the WAC band returns every other year. A time to reminisce.

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                                Chief Warrant Officer 5 Jeanne Pace

from Tacoma, Wash,  planned to enlist in the Air Force, following in the path of her parents and her sister. When she found that the Air Force band sought college-educated musicians.  she turned to the Army. Enlisting in the WAC in July 1972 she began her career with the 14th Army Band (WAC), then the only band assignment open to women.  She has since served in many Army bands .

She is the former commander of the 1st Cavalry Division Band, FortHood, Tex,  79th Army Band ,Panama, 399th Army Band, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo, and, she served as the commander of The OldGuard Fife and Drum Corps, Fort Myer, Va. 

She is the last member of the WAC band serving on active duty. Chief Pace will have 37 years of active service in July 2009.

 

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ISG CHERYL WASON SAXOPHONE WAC BAND 1975-1976

                                                   1SG   Cheryl Wasson
                                                         Saxophone
                                                          1975-1976
 
It's almost like you never left.  In  a away Because it's like the soul of the music is right there in the spirit of the women and it feels good like your coming home to a piece of when you were 18 years old and all of a sudden your back in that area, Centering in on the music.
 
That feeling you have being able to entertain the people and be at the same wave length as all the other people putitng music together and pouring out your heart to a audience.
 

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SSG THERSE KIRBEY- (1SG)

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MSG CHRISTINA SCHARFRINK

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GRETCHEN SCHAGER- BOB DELANO- DEBRA SCHARF