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TC 12-44 Army Band Section Leader Handbook

This book is addressed to the Army band section leader and to the senior instrumentalist training to become a section leader. Its purpose is to provide information useful in your job. Developed by the U.S. Army Element, School of Music, chapter one contains information specifically for your instrument. For instrumental maintenance procedures, see the STP, Skills Level 1 and 2, for your instrument. The other chapters discuss information considered important by many successful band NCOs. Of course, this training circular is not an end; it is a beginning. In all cases, it was designed to help you get a start in the right direction. In the reference section, many commercial texts and methods for each instrumental section are listed for you to use in the study of your instrument and in the leadership of your section. Obtain and use them. The other sections of the circular often refer to official and unofficial publications that you should find very helpful in your professional growth. We want this book to be of service to you and to future section leaders. If you have ideas on improvements in content or form, please let us know. Your comments will be invaluable when further editions are published. Please address your remarks to: Commandant, U.S. Army Element, School of Music, ATTN: ATSG-SM-TD, Naval Amphibious Base (Little Creek), Norfolk, VA 23521. Major Duties. The brass, woodwind or percussion player supervises an instrumental section and plays a brass, woodwind, or percussion instrument as a musician in a military band. . . . Perform all applicable types of music on an instrument. Types of music include, but not limited to, the following: marching band, ceremonial band, concert band, jazz, ethnic, and popular music compositions. Perform on a musical instrument in a variety of ensembles, ranging from solo performance to full concert band. Provide technical guidance to lower ranking personnel. Organize, instruct, and train a section or consolidated section of related instrumentalists. Instruct section members in marching band movement. Supervise section operator maintenance. Counsel and evaluate section/squad members. Perform as Drum Major. Repair instruments. Serve as audio/recording operator or librarian. Extracted from DA PAM 611-21

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