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AMC band to be dissolved at Redstone

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The Army Materiel Band on Redstone Arsenal is being disbanded.

WAFF 48 News spoke to a member of the organization about what's going on.

Col. Richard Spiegel is the director of public and congressional affairs for AMC. He said the Army approved a restructuring of the bands. Part of that will eliminate the AMC band on Redstone.

Spiegel said this process is going to be gradual.

The band will be completely dissolved at AMC by fiscal year 2019.

This was signed into action by the vice chief of staff of the Army.

The Department of the Army's media relations officer, Wayne Hall, said this is all a part of the reduction and restructuring process called Total Army Analysis (TAA).

In the email sent to WAFF, Hall wrote, “TAA 19-23 identified a target of 179 spaces in the active component, which the Army will achieve through the reduction of four bands and the restructuring of several of the remaining bands in FY19.”

Hall explained that the Army constantly goes through this process to have the right amount of people in the right places to accomplish that goal and make adjustments where necessary.

Hall said this year they found 179 positions, specifically in the Army band, that will eventually be reduced or restructured.

Officials say this restructuring will not fully eliminate the Army band as a whole, only specific groups like AMC.

A total of four bands and two detachments will become inactive in the next two years.

This is the list that was given to WAFF by Hall:

  • 389th Army Band "AMC's Own" (Redstone Arsenal, Alabama)
  • U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Band (Fort Eustis, Virginia)
  • 62nd Army Band (Fort Huachuca, Arizona)
  • 323rd Army Band "Fort Sam's Own" (Fort Sam Houston, Texas)
  • Detachment 1, 282nd Army Band (Detachment at Fort Gordon, Georgia
  • Parent Unit at Fort Jackson, South Carolina)
  • Detachment 1, 283rd Army Band (Detachment at Fort Rucker, Alabama; parent unit at Fort Benning, Georgia)

This restructuring will not fully eliminate the Army band as a whole, only these specific groups.

Spiegel said they're currently working with the members of their band to make sure they have a followup assignment in another Army band.

Since there are still other bands throughout the Army, Spiegel says they will be brought in for special events.

"The community will still be able to work with us, at Army Materiel Command, to request support from bands that are providing regional coverage. We really understand what the band meant to this community. I really have to emphasis that we will still be able to have support from Army bands here for varies events," he said.

If you're still interested in the Army band program, you'll still have that option, just not here at Redstone Arsenal at AMC.

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