THE 77th ARMY BAND
Fort Sill Blvd.
The 77th Army Band Brass Choir performed the National Anthem at the Texas Motor Speedway Nov. 3, 2012. The performance of these Soldiers was part of their official duties and was broadcast by ESPN, and ESPN retains all rights to this broadcast.
The Band was constituted Mar. 1, 1907 in the Regular Army as the 13th Band, Coast Artillery and activated at Fort Du Pont, Dela. After World War I, it was reorganized and re-designated as the Band Section, Headquarters Battery, 16th Coast Artillery at Fort Armstrong, Territory of Hawaii. Next it was withdrawn from Headquarters Battery and re-designated as the Band, 16th Coast Artillery in July 1927.
After earning the Central Pacific and Western Pacific Campaign Streamers in World War II, the Band, 16th Coast Artillery was reorganized and re-designated on May 23, 1944 as the 77th Army Ground Forces Band. The 77th Army Ground Forces Band was inactivated Nov. 29, 1946 on Saipan, but became the 77th Army Band on Apr. 15, 1947 and was reactivated May 1, 1947 in the Philippines as the 77th Army Band (Philippine Scouts). It was inactivated June 1, 1949, then activated Nov. 1, 1951 at Fort Huachuca, Ariz. as the 77th Army Band. It was inactivated May 8, 1953.
The Band was finally activated Feb. 24, 1955 at Fort Sill, Okla., where it has remained. It has served under many different headquarters at Fort Sill and is currently aligned with the Fires Center of Excellence, but it has always been "The Pride of Fort Sill!".
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World War II - Central Pacific, Western Pacific
In 1996, Lt. Gen. John “Jack” Costello established the Air Defense Artillery Pipes and Drums at Fort Bliss, Texas, through a partnership with the United Kingdom’s Pipes and Drums of the 105th Royal Artillery Regiment (Volunteers). In the summer of 2009, the Air Defense Artillery School relocated from Fort Bliss to Fort Sill as part of the Fires Center of Excellence and brought the tradition of artillery pipes and drums. In January 2011, to honor the passing and memory of Costello, a new band of bagpipers was forged at the Fires Center of Excellence with both the Air Defense and Field Artillery branches represented as one Fires community family and given the name by proclamation: Costello’s Own. This band of Soldiers carries on a centuries old tradition; playing the true instrument of the warrior, the highland bagpipes.
The tartan they wear belongs to the warrior family "FIRES," of which we are all members. The red comes from the red earth of Oklahoma; the foundation of everything we have built on. Red is also the branch color of both Field Artillery and Air Defense Artillery; representing Fires as the dominant color of the tartan. The gold can be found in the color of the plains, and in the dream that lead so many early settlers to drive westward in search of their dream. That dream and these plains are the reason Fort Sill was first established, and remains as a sentinel of freedom and the American way of life. Gold is also the second color of both FA and ADA. The black comes from the fire and cold steel Fort Sill willingly provides to enemies of freedom. Black on the tartan also represents the hard line of excellence and values; distinguishing Fires from other organizations who lack in these necessities. The white and blue are borrowed from the flag of our nation to remind us of who we serve.
The members of Costello’s Own are all Soldiers, handpicked by their commanders and senior enlisted leaders from within the Fires units' rank and file, who have spent the past several months sharpening and honing their skills ... as only a true warrior knows to do.
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Matthew M. David
Warrant Officer 1 Matthew M. David is the commander and primary conductor of the band.
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Matthew M. David grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. He enlisted in the US Army in 2005, attended Basic Combat Training at Ft. Jackson, SC, and graduated from Advanced Individual Training at the US Army School of Music with a Charlie 1 identifier. Mr. David was then assigned to the 25th Infantry Division Band where he served in three deployments: Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) 2006-2007, OIF 2008-2009 and Operation New Dawn 2010-2011. In May 2012, Mr. David was appointed as a Warrant Officer after completing Warrant Officer Candidate School.
Mr. David's education includes a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Florida and a Master of Music in Music Performance from Florida State University. His military education includes the Warrior Leader Course, the Advanced Leader Course, Warrant Officer Candidate School, the Bandmaster Warrant Officer Basic Course, the Combat Lifesaver Course, and the Combatives Level 1 Certification Course. Mr. David was on the Commandant's List in WLC, the Honor Graduate in ALC, and awarded the Leadership Award in ALC.
His military awards include the Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal second award, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCOPD Ribbon with 2 device, and the Overseas Ribbon with 4 device.
Mr. David is a member of the Sooner Plains Warrant Officer Association and the Filipino American Association of Lawton. He also helps the Lawton community by serving in the music ministry at Blessed Sacrament Parish and Catholic services on post.
1st Sgt. Kristin A. Barrett
1st Sgt. Kristin A. Barrett is the non-commissioned officer responsible for the 77th Army Band.
Kristin A. Barrett is a native of Lee's Summit, Mo. and entered the Army on Oct. 25, 1995 as an oboe player. She attended Basic Training at Fort Jackson, S.C. and was named to the commandant's list and received the physical fitness award. She attended Advanced Individual Training at the Armed Forces School of Music, located in Norfolk, Va. where she completed the 36-week course in six weeks.
Her assignments include the U.S. Army Europe Band, Heidelberg, Germany, oboe instructor at the Armed Forces School of Music; the Army Materiel Command Band, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.; the 1st Cavalry Division Band, Fort Hood, Texas and Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, and now as first sergeant of the 77th Army Band.
Her military education includes the Warrior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, First Sergeants Course, Combat Lifesavers Course, Combatives Level 1 Course and Instructor Qualification Course.
Her military awards include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with one OLC), Joint Services Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (third award), Navy Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (with four OLC), National Defense Service Medal ( with campaign star), Afghanistan Campaign Medal ( with campaign star), Global War on Terrorism Medal, NCOPD Ribbon with 3 device, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon(second award), NATO ISAF Ribbon, Army Superior Unit Award, German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge, Gold and the German Schutzenschnur Badge, Bronze.
She is married to Staff Sgt. (Army, retired) Mark Barrett of Mount Pleasant, Iowa and has 3 children, Annika, Rachel and Hayley.
77th Army Band operations: 580-442-2010
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