The 440th North Carolina Army National Guard Band will perform a free concert on July 2 at 2:00 p.m. at the Alexander Central Auditorium, located at 223 School Drive in Taylorsville.
THE 440TH ARMY BAND
The 440th Army Band has served as the State’s National Guard Band under several designations since the early 1900’s. The Band was activated in World War II as the 30th Infantry Division Band along with the rest of the North Carolina National Guard as the “Old Hickory Division.” The Band served with distinction landing on the beach at Normandy and fighting in the Battle of the Bulge for which the band carries honors awarded by France and Belgium.
The Band was re-designated the 440th Army Band in 1973. The Band performs for troops and their families and for the citizens of North Carolina at ceremonies, public concerts, and parades. As the 440th Army Band, the Band has performed two concert tours in the Virgin Islands, and toured Guatemala, Morocco, Costa Rica, and Italy. Since September 11, 2001 the Band has performed over 500 ceremonies for deploying and returning North Carolina National Guardsmen and their families.
The 440th Army Band is comprised of citizen soldiers who in civilian life are college students, educators, business men and women, and professional people. The Band has earned numerous awards including Outstanding North Carolina National Guard unit and has earned the Eisenhower trophy three times as an outstanding Army unit.
In 2008 Chief Warrant Officer/CW2 Brent M. Harvey became the commander of the 440th Army Band. In civilian life, Mr. Harvey is a Professor of Music at Winston-Salem State University and also teaches at Pfeiffer University in Charlotte, NC.
In 2013, CW2 Harvey’s journey with the band had come to a close. After the departure of CW2 Harvey, the 440th band received its 5th commander. The 440th currently has 34 members and is now commanded by Chief Warrant Officer/CW2 Linda R. Horton. CW2 Horton is the first Female and African-American commander of the 440th Army Band. In her civilian life, she is supervisor for the North Carolina National Guard’s Human Resource Office.
The Mission of Army Bands has changed over the past decade. The need for smaller units with flexibility and variety in use developed a modular structure within Army Bands. Although our Concert Band still performs, the majority of our missions are supported with Music Performance Teams.