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Bands of sisters : U.S. women's military bands during World War II

Author: Jill M Sullivan
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, ©2011.
Series: American wind band series, no. 3.
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On Saturday, November 14, 1944, radio listeners heard a broadcast announcer describe something they had never heard before: Women singing the "Marines' Hymn" instead of the all-male United States Marine Band. The singers were members of its sister organization, The Marine Corps Women's Reserve Band of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Today few remember these all-female military bands because only a small number of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jill M Sullivan
ISBN: 9780810881624 0810881624
OCLC Number: 720635040
Description: xv, 149 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
The WAC Bands --
WAVES Instumental Ensembles --
The Coast Guard SPAR Band --
MCWR Band --
Music for the injured soldier --
Conclusions --
Appendix: List of women interviewed --
bands and instruments.
Series Title: American wind band series, no. 3.
Responsibility: Jill M. Sullivan.

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On Saturday, November 14, 1944, radio listeners heard a broadcast announcer describe something they had never heard before: Women singing the "Marines' Hymn" instead of the all-male United States Marine Band. The singers were members of its sister organization, The Marine Corps Women's Reserve Band of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Today few remember these all-female military bands because only a small number of their performances were broadcast or recorded. Jill Sullivan argues in this book that these bands, initially employed by the U.S. military to support bond drives, drew enough spectators for the bands to be placed on tour, raising money for the war and boosting morale. The women, once discharged at the war's end, refused to fade into post-war domesticity. Instead, the strong bond fostered by youthful enthusiasm and the rare opportunity to serve in the military while making professional caliber music would come to last some 60 years. Based on interviews with over 70 surviving band members, Bands of Sisters tells the tale of this period in the history of American women. Sullivan covers the history of these ensembles, tracing accounts such as the female music teachers who would leave their positions to become professional musicians. She traces how some band members would later be among the first post-war music therapists based on their experience working with medical personnel in hospitals to treat injured soldiers. Opportunities presented by military service promoted new perspectives on what women could accomplish outside of the home, resulting in a lifetime of lasting relationships.

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Appearing in the "American Wind Band Series," ed. by Raoul Camus, this book considers all eight of the known women's bands and several drum and bugle corps in four branches of the military during WW Read more...

 
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