The 10th Mountain Division (LI) Band was originally constituted in the United States Army as the 505th Coast Artillery Band on April 13, 1942. The band was activated on June 20, 1942, at Camp Edwards, Massachusetts. It was later reorganized and redesignated as the Army Ground Forces Band on June 27, 1944, relocating to Italy, only to be inactivated the following year on Sept. 25, 1945.
The band would be redesignated twice thereafter – first, as the 232nd Army Band on May 17, 1947, and then again as the 10th Infantry Division Band on June 18, 1948. This unit was allotted to the Regular Army on June 25, 1948, and activated on July 1 that year at Fort Riley, Kansas. The band would be relocated yet again, this time to Fort Benning, Georgia, where it was later inactivated on June 14, 1958.
Another redesignation took place on Nov. 3, 1987, when the band received its current name as the 10th Mountain Division (LI) Band. At this time, the band was relocated to Fort Drum, New York, where it continues to serve today.
The 10th Mountain Division (LI) Band earned World War II campaign credit for service in Italy, deployed to Florida for Hurricane Andrew Relief (1993) and to Haiti for Operation Uphold Democracy (1994-1995), and supported Ice Crisis in 1998, performing for ice storm victims and relief volunteers throughout northern New York.
In the winter of 1999-2000, the band deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in support of Operation Joint Forge, performing holiday music for U.S. troops as well as the Bosnian people.
In February 2002, the band deployed to Kosovo in support of Operation KFOR, performing for troops and civilians in the towns of Cernica and Ponces. A portion of the band deployed to Afghanistan in 2003 to support Operation Enduring Freedom.
The 10th Mountain Division (LI) Band also deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom VII in January 2006, and again in October 2010. During both deployments, the band provided musical support not only for U.S. forces but also for the International Security and Assistance Forces (ISAF) throughout the Afghanistan Theater. During their support of OEF VII, 20 members of the 10th Mountain Division (LI) Band were deployed to Muzzaffarabad, Kashmir (Pakistan). Those Soldiers performed as a force protection team for humanitarian workers supporting relief efforts in response to the earthquake that rocked the area on Oct. 8, 2005.
The 10th Mountain Division (LI) Band deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom VI in May 2008. While deployed, the band supported ceremonies and was instrumental in maintaining Soldier readiness by improving troop morale through music.