Mission of U.S. Army Bands

“Army Bands provide music throughout the spectrum of military operations to instill in our soldiers the will to fight and win, foster the support of our citizens, and promote our national interests at home and abroad."

Our Lasting Memories

The 26th Infantry Division Band was deactivated 1 Sep 93 along with the 26th Infantry Division. A colorful ceremony was held 28 Aug 93 at the Massachusetts State house , followed by the retiring of the colors on the Boston Common. Along with the Colors of the 26th Division, the Band's own colors were retired and its music thus faded into the annals of America's military history. Herein, we hope to recall fond memories of the members and friends of the 26th Division Band, the "Spirit of the YD".

The 26th

Yankee Division

Drum & Bugle


In 1976, former members of local civilian drum and bugle corps were enlisted into the 26 ID band, joining band members of similar experience. The 26th Yankee Infantry Division Drum and Bugle Corps was an augmentation of the 26th Infantry Division Band. In 1976, members of civilian drum and bugle corps were enlisted into the band, joining band members who had similar experience. The corps had 26 members when it made its first performance, a number that set the tone of the “Spirit” of the unit. The “26th” Division Drum and Bugle Corps. The corps traveled along with the Division and performed throughout Massachusetts New York and Canada. Some years later, with enlistments down, the need to strengthen the band forced the demise of the unit and most of its members were assimilated into the band.

The “Active” 26th Yankee Division Band was formed under the auspices of the Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard for the specific purpose of providing musical support for the many diverse needs of all of the needs of the various, ceremonies and celebrations for all the branches of our veterans’ organizations within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  All requests for these performances must be submitted through the Office of the Adjutant General, 44 Salisbury Street Worcester, MA 01609-3126

Telephone; 508-797-0334


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Historic Note: The remaining members of the 26YD Band were reassigned to the 215th Army Band located in Fall River, MA.  >>

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