WHAT THE BAND DOES

Band members of the First Company Governor's Foot Guard are a busy group of men and women.   In addition to their day jobs and regular duties as members of the Foot Guard, members of the Band must perform duties and participate in activities unique to their positions as members of the Band.  Many also go beyond this to participate in other activities, both musically and as part of squads and committees within the Foot Guard along with their fellow Foot Guard members from the Infantry unit.

Staff Sergeant Michael Chiaro


REGULAR DUTIES

Band members are first and foremost members of the First Company Governor's Foot Guard.   This means that they are expected and required to participate the same required drills, parades, escort duties, meetings and training activities as their fellow Foot Guard members from the Infantry units.   On most Monday nights, Band members attend music rehearsals while members of the Infantry unit go about their weekly training activities.


OUTREACH DUTIES
In addition to their regular duties and training regimen, Band members spend several Monday evenings a year away from their armory band room participating in outreach activities and joint concerts with local college and public school bands.  The Band has visited numerous schools and have conducted mini clinics and performed joint concerts with the students.   Persons interested in more information on this are encouraged to contact the Bandmaster or the Band Manager on the "
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ADDITIONAL DUTIES
Band members are also responsible for care and maintenance of their instruments.  Depending on the instrument, this can be time consuming and  costly affair.   Certain Band members take this part of their duties so seriously that several older state-owned percussion and brass instruments recently received extensive cosmetic overhauls at no cost to the State or the Foot Guard.

ELECTIVE DUTIES
Because Band members are members of the Foot Guard before all else, many choose to participate in Foot Guard activities outside of their ensembles.   Members of the Band are active in the Foot Guard Rifle Team, promoting the Annual Dog Show and serve on many of the committees necessary for the smooth operation of the Command.   

Members of the Band are also active in their support of the Color Guard.   Depending on the event, certain Color Guard details can require up to three percussionists, two trumpet players and a vocalist.   In addition to providing musical support for the Color Guard, members of the Band are occasionally invited to participate in the actual Color Guard or Honor Guard detail, carrying a flag or rifle.

One of the most important activities that the First Company's Band provides is the rendering of honors by the playing of "taps" at military funerals.   Most of the trumpet players in the band are registered with the State Military Department to perform this function, and are usually kept extremely busy with requests for service.

REGULAR ENSEMBLES
The Band is composed of two basic ensembles, a concert band and a marching band (referred to in State Statutes as "Band" and "Field Music").   All members of the Band serving under the Bandmaster are enlisted personnel, ranging in rank from Private First Class (E-3) to Master Sergeant (E-8).   Just as in other military bands, both ensembles draw from the same pool of musicians, although these musicians do not necessarily play the same instrument in both ensembles.

The ensemble referred to in State Statutes as the "Band" is a concert band composed of roughly 40 musicians.  The instrumentation of this ensemble is similar to that found in other military and wind bands and includes clarinets, flutes, trumpets, bassoons, French horns, trombones, baritones and tubas as well as a full concert percussion section.  This is  occasionally supplemented by a vocalist and an electric bass.   

The marching ensemble, referred to in State Statutes as "Field Music", is composed of roughly 35 musicians.  Its instrumentation differs slightly from the concert band primarily because certain instruments found in the concert band, such as the bassoon, the electric bass and the French horn, are not well suited to being played while marching.   The instrumentation of the marching ensemble is similar to military and corps style marching bands and includes clarinets, flutes, piccolos, trumpets, marching mellophones, baritones and sousaphones.   The marching percussion unit includes cymbals, side drums, a tenor drum and bass drums, with the occasional addition of orchestra bells.   Master Sergeant Max Covell is the Drum Major and is responsible for leading the band when it marches.

ADDITIONAL ENSEMBLES
The two basic ensembles that compose the Foot Guard Band are occasionally supplemented by a brass ensemble and a low brass ensemble.   The brass ensemble is composed of two trumpets, a French horn, two trombones and a tuba.  This group meets weekly for at least one hour before rehearsals.    They perform a variety of literature ranging from Canadian Brass selections to the occasional German polka.   The low brass ensemble is composed of two euphoniums and two tubas and performs literature similar to that of the full brass ensemble.   The low brass ensemble does not meet regularly and forms and rehearses as necessary.

The Band's performance schedule changes from year to year, but it's schedule almost always includes appearances at the Riverfest celebration, the Festival of Trees at the Wadsworth Athanaeum, the State Veterans Home and Hospital and at many seasonal celebrations in the Foot Guard's Armory.

 

Sergeant Mark Boudreau

Sergeant Malcom Holland

Master Sergeant Covell leads the band in Boston.

Master Sergeant Max Covell and a friend.

Sergeant First Class Mark Torres

Brass Ensemble at the Old State House

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