About Us

The United States Army Europe and Africa Band & Chorus, under the command of LTC Scott McKenzie, is stationed in Sembach, Germany. The United States Army Europe and Africa (USAREUR-AF) Band was originally activated in 1940. With its partner group, the USAREUR-AF Soldiers' Chorus, it is the United States Army's premier musical ambassador in Europe.

 The USAREUR-AF Band is a versatile ensemble in great demand. Components include concert and marching bands, a ceremonial group, “Free Groove” rock/pop band, “Rhine River Ramblers” New Orléans style jazz, and classical chamber ensembles. Members earn their positions by special audition, and most have performed or taught professionally before their military service. Many musicians hold degrees in music from highly regarded universities and conservatories.

 The USAREUR-AF Soldiers’ Chorus is under the direction of CPT Jac’kel Smalls. 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 only four full-time choral groups in the Army.

 The USAREUR-AF Band & Chorus performs more than 200 missions annually, and has appeared in over 32 European, Middle Eastern, and African countries in the last decade. The Soldier musicians of the USAREUR-AF Band and Chorus continue to represent the best of the United States Army.