The United States Army Europe Band & Chorus, under the command of LTC Dwayne Milburn, is stationed in Sembach, Germany. The United States Army Europe (USAREUR) Band was originally activated in 1940. With its partner group, the USAREUR Soldiers' Chorus, it is currently the Army's third largest musical organization, and the Army's premier musical ambassadors in Europe.
The USAREUR Band is a versatile ensemble in great demand. Components include 65-piece concert and marching bands, a 35-piece ceremonial group, “USAREUR Standard” jazz combo, “Rhine River Ramblers” dixieland band, and classical chamber ensembles. Members earn their positions by special audition and most have performed or taught professionally prior to their military service. Many musicians hold degrees in music from highly regarded universities and conservatories.
The USAREUR Soldiers’ Chorus is under the direction of CPT Taylor Criswell. The Chorus was organized in 1963 to enhance troop morale through musical performances and quickly proved successful in advancing relations between the American community in Europe and its host nations.
Unlike their band colleagues, the singers do not enter the military as musicians. They are selected through competitive auditions from other specialties in the Army, and receive intensive training in vocal, dance, and theatrical skills. The ensemble is one of four full-time choral groups in the Army.
The USAREUR Band & Chorus performs more than 200 missions each year, and has appeared in over 20 European, Middle Eastern, and North African in the last decade. The Soldier musicians of the USAREUR Band and Chorus continue to represent the best of the United States Army.