Army bands provide music throughout unified land operations to instill in our forces the will to fight and win, to foster the support of our citizens, and to promote our national interests at home and abroad. The 392nd Army Band accomplishes this mission by providing world class music support to the Soldiers and Families of Fort Lee and by serving as a vital link connecting the Army to the American public throughout the region.

To Request the Band:

For civilian organizations, requests must be submitted to the Fort Lee Garrison Public Affairs Office (PAO) at least 60 calendar days prior to the day of the event using the Community Request for Support form on the PAO web page.

For military organizations, requests must be submitted at least 45 calendar days prior to the day of the event. Upon completion of request form, please save the request as a PDF and email as an attachment to usarmy.lee.tradoc.mbx.leee-bandops@mail.mil

Military requests submitted less than 45 days before the event must be accompanied by a letter of lateness explaining reason for lateness of the request. The letter of lateness must be signed by the first O-6 (COL) in the requesting organization and addressed to the Fort Lee Garrison Commander. Email the letter of lateness to usarmy.lee.tradoc.mbx.leee-bandops@mail.mil

Download the request form

Download the 392D Army Band AR 220-90 Local Supplement



Fort Lee’s 392nd Army Band carries on a proud musical heritage dating back to the volunteer musicians of 1773 and Ethan Allen's Green Mountain Boys fife and drum corps of 1775. The history of bands on Fort Lee began with the formation of the first Quartermaster School Band in July 1942. The band was redesignated as the 392nd Army Service Forces Band on March 15, 1944 and was assigned to Camp Lee, Virginia on May 3, 1946. Chief Warrant Officer Henry H. Gruver was the Commander and Master Sergeant Robert J. Longley was the Enlisted Bandleader. The band only had six of its original soldiers when it reported to Camp Lee, but eventually achieved its full strength of 28 players which broadened its scope and function.


The 392nd had a weekly radio spot for the Troop Info Program on WSSV, Petersburg. Within the unit they had compiled an 18-piece dance band, a nine-piece combo, a seven-piece combo and a five-piece combo to cover entertainment at the different clubs and dances on post and throughout the local communities.

On June 11, 1946, the 392nd Army Service Forces Band was redesignated as the 392nd Band. On January 15, 1947 the Army appointed Camp Lee as the Headquarters of a Band Replacement Detachment with CPT Charles Brewton commanding, 1LT Howard W. Willett Executive Officer, and 1SG Raymond Collins the Enlisted Bandleader. The detachment was responsible for training and assigning all Army Bandsmen. At this time the unit size averaged about one thousand men.


On May 15, 1947, the 392nd band was once again redesignated as the 392nd Army Band. It was allotted to the regular Army on December 20, 1951. With more than 70 years of continuous service to Fort Lee, today the 392nd Army Band stands ready to provide musical support to military and civic organizations on Fort Lee and throughout Central Virginia.




Ceremonial Reference Recordings

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