|The New York Guard Band performs at Cortlandt’s Veterans Day ceremony, 11-Nov-2014 (Photo by: Sam Barron)|
Military Bands have been a part of armed services for hundreds of years. American armed forces have had a long tradition of military bands spanning from the American Revolution to the present. Military bands are an integral part of ceremonies and events honoring active and retired military personnel, representing military units in both concerts and parades as well as bringing general awareness to the public of our men and women in uniform.
The 89th Band, New York Guard is based at Camp Smith Training Site (CSTS) located near Cortlandt Manor, New York. Our mission is to support the New York State Guard, a voluntary organization under the Division of Military and Naval Affairs (DMNA) of the State of New York and the 42nd Infantry Division Band, New York Army National Guard.
Our members are volunteer musicians from the local community and retired military band veterans who rehearse and perform together to serve the State of New York. Our activities are typical of those described above for military bands. We are uniformed and adhere to military customs and courtesies. The 89th Band has performed at Hudson Valley Honor Flight Ceremonies at Stewart and Westchester County Airports, Town of Cortlandt Veterans Day Ceremony and Sleepy Hollow NYG Ceremony.
The 89th Band drills monthly with the 42 Infantry Division Band at CSTS and has performed with the 42nd ID Band on their annual training concert tour (two weeks) of New York State, including concerts in Long Island, Upstate and at the United Nations in New York City. The 89th Band marches with the 42 ID Band in St. Patrick’s Day Parades in Bayport, LI and New York City where the 42 ID Band is the first band in the line of march.
If you are interested in serving the great State of New York in a meaningful musical capacity with the 89th Band, New York Guard, I invite you to visit our Facebook page (89th Band, New York Guard) where instrument vacancies will be posted from time to time. Admission to our band is by audition and at the discretion of the Commander. Prior military experience is preferable, however, non-military musicians are welcome and will be provided with opportunities to obtain good military training. Applications are available online at: https://dmna.ny.gov/nyg/?id=enlist.
Captain Roy C. Coates
SFC (SGT MAJ Acting) Paul Myruski