THE 77th ARMY BAND

Building 1721
Fort Sill Blvd.

Phone: 580-442-2010

THE BAND'S HISTORY and HONORS

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 Next it was withdrawn from Headquarters Battery and re-designated as the Band, 16th Coast Artillery in July 1927.
Band performs in France in World War II 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!".

--Campaign Participation Credit--

World War II - Central Pacific, Western Pacific

COSTELLO'S OWN

 Lt. Gen. John “Jack” Costello 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 Band Tartanplains 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.

"Volunteer for Costello's Own"
Completed applications should be returned to the FCoE G3 SGM



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- Commander

WO1 Bridgette Brenmark

Bridgette Brenmark was born in Klamath Falls, Ore. She received her bachelor’s degree in music composition from the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho. She worked in Portland, Ore. as a studio instructor, pianist and saxophonist for six years. She has conducted and performed in various professional organizations. She specialized in collaborative projects that involved music, dance and theater.

Since joining the Army in 2006, Brenmark has served at Fort Bragg, N.C., Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, and Joint Base Lewis-McCord, Wash. She served two tours in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the 82nd Airborne Division Band. She was a member of the 2013 music performance team of the year. Brenmark led a music performance team that traveled to Japan in support of Pacific outreach operations.

Her military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (with two oak leaf clusters (OLC)), Army Achievement Medal (with three OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (third award), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (second award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal and Parachutist Badge.

She is married and the proud mother of a 13 year old daughter.

- First Sergeant

1SGT Alexis Sprakties

Alexis Sprakties has performed and taught French horn all over the world both as a civilian musician and as an active duty Army musician.

She received a Bachelor of music in horn performance from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in 2000 and a Master of music from Mannes College of Music in New York City in 2002 where she was the recipient of the New York Brass Conference Scholarship. While in New York City, she performed with many shows, orchestras, chamber groups and as a soloist for several soundtracks for the American Broadcasting Company (ABC). She also played in several overseas orchestras before moving to Colorado to pursue a doctoral degree and assumed the position of assistant instructor of horn at the University of Colorado. She has also played with many professional orchestras such as the Virginia Symphony and served as guest clinician at colleges and high schools all over the world.

Since joining the Army in 2005, Sprakties has served with the 113th Army Band, Fort Knox, Ky.; TRADOC Band, Fort Eustis, VA; 8th Army Band, Korea; and most recently served as senior instructor at the Army School of Music, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek/Fort Story. Sprakties was the 2015-2016 AG Corps NCO of the Year.

She is married to Army retiree Master Sgt. Robert Sprakties and a proud mother.

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