202nd Army Band Archive

  • By Sgt. Cody Cooper, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment SEMBACH, Germany — Soldiers of the 202nd Army Band provided support for the Unites States Army Europe Band in Sembach, Germany July 2018. The purpose of the 202nd’s annual training was to carry-out band mission requests while the Sembach-based Europe Band was assigned abroad. “We have had a large variety of missions that we have performed, in which we have had a cultural outreach with our host country of Germany,” said Chief Warrant Officer Gregory Stepp, the 202nd Army Band director. The 202nd performed nine events during their time in Germany; […]

    202nd Army Band takes gig in Germany

    By Sgt. Cody Cooper, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment SEMBACH, Germany — Soldiers of the 202nd Army Band provided support for the Unites States Army Europe Band in Sembach, Germany July 2018. The purpose of the 202nd’s annual training was to carry-out band mission requests while the Sembach-based Europe Band was assigned abroad. “We have had a large variety of missions that we have performed, in which we have had a cultural outreach with our host country of Germany,” said Chief Warrant Officer Gregory Stepp, the 202nd Army Band director. The 202nd performed nine events during their time in Germany; […]

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  • By Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — Strike up the band for Chief Warrant Officer Greg Stepp, Commander of the 202nd Army Band as he has been named the new Army National Guard Bandmaster. Stepp has been a warrant officer and the 202nd bandmaster for nearly 20 years, but his leadership and influence has not been limited to the geographic boundaries of Kentucky. He will now take on the responsibility to assist the National Guard Band program in meeting the mission for state requirements and overall Army requirements of National Guard Bands. “This new role provides […]

    Kentucky warrant officer named Army National Guard bandmaster

    By Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — Strike up the band for Chief Warrant Officer Greg Stepp, Commander of the 202nd Army Band as he has been named the new Army National Guard Bandmaster. Stepp has been a warrant officer and the 202nd bandmaster for nearly 20 years, but his leadership and influence has not been limited to the geographic boundaries of Kentucky. He will now take on the responsibility to assist the National Guard Band program in meeting the mission for state requirements and overall Army requirements of National Guard Bands. “This new role provides […]

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  • Video by Capt. Gus LaFontaine, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. — Grab your protective masks and follow this video into “the gas chamber” with the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 202nd Army Band and the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade! http://youtu.be/ZGPj-T9ugig&w=570&h=380

    Wipe away those tears — it’s just the gas chamber

    Video by Capt. Gus LaFontaine, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. — Grab your protective masks and follow this video into “the gas chamber” with the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 202nd Army Band and the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade! http://youtu.be/ZGPj-T9ugig&w=570&h=380

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  • Story by Sgt. 1st Class Steve Baker, 202nd Army Band Unit Public Affairs Historian Representative NEWPORT, Ky. — The 202nd Army Band of the Kentucky National Guard, “The Army Band of the Bluegrass” toured Northern Kentucky for their annual training, June 28 – July 12. The unit’s “home station” for the period was Northern Kentucky University which provided a wonderful auditorium for concert band rehearsals along with separate areas for Musical Performance Team (MPT) rehearsals. Along with polishing the musical proficiency of the MPTs, the band performed for an estimated 35,000 people on 17 missions at locations from the banks of […]

    The Army Band of the Bluegrass thrills fans in Lexington, Northern Kentucky

    Story by Sgt. 1st Class Steve Baker, 202nd Army Band Unit Public Affairs Historian Representative NEWPORT, Ky. — The 202nd Army Band of the Kentucky National Guard, “The Army Band of the Bluegrass” toured Northern Kentucky for their annual training, June 28 – July 12. The unit’s “home station” for the period was Northern Kentucky University which provided a wonderful auditorium for concert band rehearsals along with separate areas for Musical Performance Team (MPT) rehearsals. Along with polishing the musical proficiency of the MPTs, the band performed for an estimated 35,000 people on 17 missions at locations from the banks of […]

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  • NOTE: As often as we can kentuckyguard.com publishes stories by or about Kentucky National Guard unit public affairs historian representatives, also known as UPAHRs. This is an additional duty taken on by a Soldier or Airmen with the intent of telling their unit’s story. This is one such story …. Story by Sgt. 1st Class Steven Baker, 202nd Unit Public Affairs Historian Representative SOMERSET, Ky. — The 202nd Army Band of the Kentucky National Guard has completed their Annual Training which was held from June 29 – July 13. The band was based out of Somerset, KY. and consisted of several performances […]

    Annual training sets tempo for new Army band members

    NOTE: As often as we can kentuckyguard.com publishes stories by or about Kentucky National Guard unit public affairs historian representatives, also known as UPAHRs. This is an additional duty taken on by a Soldier or Airmen with the intent of telling their unit’s story. This is one such story …. Story by Sgt. 1st Class Steven Baker, 202nd Unit Public Affairs Historian Representative SOMERSET, Ky. — The 202nd Army Band of the Kentucky National Guard has completed their Annual Training which was held from June 29 – July 13. The band was based out of Somerset, KY. and consisted of several performances […]

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  • Story by Spc. Brandy Mort, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment July has been declared Kentucky National Guard Warrant Officer Month in a proclamation by Gov. Steve Beshear.  This is one of a series of articles we are publishing in celebration of the warrant officer corps.  Click here to read more about 95th birthday of the Army’s warrant officer corps. STANFORD, Ky. —  Following WWII and reorganization of the National Guard, one of the first units established was the 202nd Army Band, whose commander would be, and continues to be, a warrant officer. Chief Warrant Officer Greg Stepp, Commander and Band Master […]

    Warrant officer an expert in his musical field

    Story by Spc. Brandy Mort, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment July has been declared Kentucky National Guard Warrant Officer Month in a proclamation by Gov. Steve Beshear.  This is one of a series of articles we are publishing in celebration of the warrant officer corps.  Click here to read more about 95th birthday of the Army’s warrant officer corps. STANFORD, Ky. —  Following WWII and reorganization of the National Guard, one of the first units established was the 202nd Army Band, whose commander would be, and continues to be, a warrant officer. Chief Warrant Officer Greg Stepp, Commander and Band Master […]

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  • Staff report, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office FRANKFORT, Ky. — Love music?  Interested in the military?  Looking for a way to turn your passion into progress?  Then do we have a story for you! The Kentucky National Guard’s 202nd Army Band is currently looking for musicians to join up and be part of a great professional organization with plenty of opportunity and a way to channel your musical passion.  Positions include trombone, euphonium, French horn and keyboard. “The experience of being a member of the 202nd Army Band is unique,” said Chief Warrant Officer Greg Stepp.  “This is one of the most professional and interesting […]

    Are you noteworthy? Kentucky National Guard looking for musicians

    Staff report, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office FRANKFORT, Ky. — Love music?  Interested in the military?  Looking for a way to turn your passion into progress?  Then do we have a story for you! The Kentucky National Guard’s 202nd Army Band is currently looking for musicians to join up and be part of a great professional organization with plenty of opportunity and a way to channel your musical passion.  Positions include trombone, euphonium, French horn and keyboard. “The experience of being a member of the 202nd Army Band is unique,” said Chief Warrant Officer Greg Stepp.  “This is one of the most professional and interesting […]

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  • Story and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Steven Baker, 202nd Band Unit Public Affairs Historian Representative NOTE: Each week kentuckyguard.com publishes stories by or about Kentucky National Guard unit public affairs historian representatives, also known as UPAHRs. This is an additional duty taken on by a Soldier or Airmen with the intent of telling their unit’s story. This is one such story …. FORT EUSTIS, Va. — Army band mission statement – The mission of Army bands is to provide music throughout the spectrum of military operations to instill in our forces the will to fight and win, foster the […]

    202nd Band trains in Virginia

    Story and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Steven Baker, 202nd Band Unit Public Affairs Historian Representative NOTE: Each week kentuckyguard.com publishes stories by or about Kentucky National Guard unit public affairs historian representatives, also known as UPAHRs. This is an additional duty taken on by a Soldier or Airmen with the intent of telling their unit’s story. This is one such story …. FORT EUSTIS, Va. — Army band mission statement – The mission of Army bands is to provide music throughout the spectrum of military operations to instill in our forces the will to fight and win, foster the […]

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  • Story by Sgt. 1st Class Steve Baker, 202nd Army Band Unit Public Affairs and Historian Representative NOTE:  Each week kentuckyguard.com publishes stories by or about Kentucky National Guard unit public affairs historian representatives, also known as UPAHRs.  This is an additional duty taken on by a Soldier or Airmen with the intent of telling their unit’s story.  This is one such story …. DANVILLE, Ky. — The 202nd Army Band once again performed for the 15th year at the Great American Brass Band Festival, June 9, in Danville, Ky. This perennial event features many world class performers from around the country. Performers included […]

    202nd Band participates in Great American Brass Band Festival

    Story by Sgt. 1st Class Steve Baker, 202nd Army Band Unit Public Affairs and Historian Representative NOTE:  Each week kentuckyguard.com publishes stories by or about Kentucky National Guard unit public affairs historian representatives, also known as UPAHRs.  This is an additional duty taken on by a Soldier or Airmen with the intent of telling their unit’s story.  This is one such story …. DANVILLE, Ky. — The 202nd Army Band once again performed for the 15th year at the Great American Brass Band Festival, June 9, in Danville, Ky. This perennial event features many world class performers from around the country. Performers included […]

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  • Story by Sgt. 1st. Class Steve Baker, 202nd Army Band Unit Public Affairs Representative Click here for more photos. NOTE:  Each week kentuckyguard.com publishes stories by or about Kentucky National Guard unit public affairs historian representatives, also known as UPAHRs.  This is an additional duty taken on by a Soldier or Airmen with the intent of telling their unit’s story.  This is one such story … FRANKFORT, Ky. — The 202nd Army Band of the Kentucky National Guard with support from the Frankfort Arts Foundation performed an Armed Forces Day tribute concert on Sunday, May 20th. The “No Finer Calling: A Salute […]

    202nd Army Band presents “No Finer Calling: A Salute to America’s Soldiers”

    Story by Sgt. 1st. Class Steve Baker, 202nd Army Band Unit Public Affairs Representative Click here for more photos. NOTE:  Each week kentuckyguard.com publishes stories by or about Kentucky National Guard unit public affairs historian representatives, also known as UPAHRs.  This is an additional duty taken on by a Soldier or Airmen with the intent of telling their unit’s story.  This is one such story … FRANKFORT, Ky. — The 202nd Army Band of the Kentucky National Guard with support from the Frankfort Arts Foundation performed an Armed Forces Day tribute concert on Sunday, May 20th. The “No Finer Calling: A Salute […]

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