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Educational Resources

The United States Army Field Band produces educational resources in support of music education in America. The following resources are available free on request to schools and libraries in the United States. We regret that we are not able to provide these resources to individuals.

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Schools, libraries and educational institutions may call or fax requests to:

U.S. Army Field Band Operations
Phone: (301) 677-6586
Fax: (301) 677-6533

Written correspondence should be on institutional letterhead and addressed to:


Instructional Video Series

The United States Army Field Band has produced a series of instructional videos for distribution to music educators nationwide. These videos cover a wide range of topics, including a brief history of each instrument and methods for improving tone, technique, intonation, and ensemble. Production plans include one additional video bi-annually, with the following completed projects currently available:
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  • Understanding the Oboe (part of compilation set DVD)
  • Improving your Clarinet Section (part of compilation set DVD)
  • Bassoon Basics (part of compilation set DVD)
  • Horn Playing: Past and Present (part of compilation set DVD)
  • Flute Fundamentals (DVD - RECENT RELEASE)
  • Trombone: A Player's Guide (DVD)
  • The Trumpeter's Resource (DVD)
  • Tuba Euphonium (part of compilation set DVD)
  • The Complete Percussionist (DVD)

  • The Joy of Singing (part of compilation set DVD)

  • Inside the Big Band (part of compilation set DVD)
  • Jazz Band Rhythm Section (temporarily unavailable)

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Instrument Repair Video Series

As musicians, we are often faced with broken or stubborn instruments that always tend to fail right before the gig. The show must always go on, and Master Sergeant Dale Barton has some tips to help you through.
TIP: To see more videos in the playlist, click the word "Playlist" or the   Playlist icon  button.

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  • Clarinet
  • Trumpet
  • Saxophone

Reference Recordings

The United States Army Field Band has produced a series of educational reference recordings on compact disc. These recordings were painstakingly researched to authenticate standard performance practices and reflect the original intent of the composers. The enclosed booklets include historical background on the composers, detailed program notes on each selection, and vintage photographs. CDs currently distributed through Army Field Band Operations to educational institutions and requesting music educators include:

Concert Band

  • The Legacy of Robert Russell Bennett
  • The Legacy of Aaron Copland
  • The Legacy of Edwin Franko Goldman
  • The Legacy of John P. Paynter
  • Legacy
Jazz Ambassadors
Soldiers' Chorus
  • The Legacy of Nadia Boulanger
  • The Legacy of Aaron Copland
  • The Legacy of Randall Thompson
Chamber Ensembles
  • Music for Chamber Winds

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Online Educational Resources

The United States Army Field Band has produced a series of online resources to accompany several of our reference recordings and educational videos. These resources combine the latest pedagogical findings with the painstaking research of our recordings and videos. In addition, all lesson plans in this series incorporate the National Standards for Arts Education to better enhance curricula at all age levels. Our online resources are available in a variety of formats (e.g. HTML, PDF, MP4 audio files, etc.) to meet the diverse needs of educators.

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  • The Legacy of Aaron Copland
    A recording by The Soldiers' Chorus

  • Inside the Big Band -Porch Swingin
    Educational video by The Jazz Ambassadors'

  • Perspectives: Resources for Jazz Education
    Royalty free scores, parts, and audio

  • The Legacy of Mary Lou Williams
    Includes printable charts

  • The Joy of Singing
    Educational video by The Soldiers' Chorus

  • In My Dream
    A Celebration of African-American Music

  • Mi Alma Latina
    A Celebration of Hispanic Music

  • Seven Hills (CD offered online only)
    Includes printable charts and transcribed solos

Copland online reference materials

Porch Swingin Reference music

Downloadable audio and printable charts

Downloadable audio and printable charts

Joy of Singing online reference materials

In My Dream online lesson plans

Mi Alma Latina online lesson plans

Downloadable audio and printable charts