257th Army Band "The Band of the Nation's Capital"

The 257th Army Band, “The Band of the Nation’s Capital,” is the official musical ambassador for the D.C. Army National Guard. The band boasts a proud lineage going back to the organizational lineage and association with the legendary Corcoran Cadets, the D.C. militia that inspired John Philip Sousa to compose his march of the same name. Noteworthy performances include musical support for the Inauguration of President Obama, performances in Greece, Jamaica, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Panama, consecutive appearances at the Great American Brass Band Festival and concert tours throughout New England, Texas and the Mid-Atlantic. Although centrally located among the finest military bands in the world, The 257th Army Band is officially recognized as “The Band of the Nation’s Capital”. 

Within the 257th Army Band, there are several musical groups which play a variety of music including classical, jazz, rock and many others. In addition to our concert band, we have multiple music performance teams, including: jazz combo, rock band, pop ensemble, brass quintet and duet teams. This allows us to perform many different types of concerts and ceremonies.

To request the D.C. National Guard 257th Army Band, event organizers should submit a completed General Support Request Form DD2536.  

Thank you for your interest in military support for your event. We take pride in supporting our local communities and hope to be able to promote the positive attributes of military service at your event. 



Commander: Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Wood

First Sergeant: First Sergeant Brian Jones

Brigadier Brass Team Leader: Sergeant First Class John Marcellus

Readiness NCO: Staff Sergeant Eric Kuper

Capital Sound Team Leader: Staff Sergeant Ronald Vazquez

Capital Messengers Team Leader: Staff Sergeant Alisha Coleman

Training NCO: Sergeant Michael Smith

Supply Sergeant: Sergeant Brandon Lebe

Drum Major: Sergeant Andy Waiters

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