United States Armed Forces School of Music

United States Armed Forces School Of Music

United States Armed Forces School of Music

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The Navy School of Music (formerly and still widely known as the U.S. Armed Forces School of Music) is a United States Navy school located on board Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Ft Story in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The school's mission is to provide specialized musical training to musicians of the Navy, Army, and Marine Corps military bands. The school does not provide training for musicians of the Air Force or Coast Guard.

Establishment of the Navy School of Music

The U.S. Navy School of Music was founded at the Washington Navy Yard by order of the Chief of the Bureau of Navigation on 26 June 1935. The school was originally run by the U.S. Navy Band, with members of the Navy Band teaching classes and private lessons in addition to their regular performance duties with the band. After the commencement of World War II, these duties were deemed too onerous for the Navy Band personnel and the school was separated from the band and relocated to the Anacostia Naval Receiving Station in Washington, D.C. on 24 April 1942.

Inclusion of Other Services in Training

The Marine Corps was given an allocation for 15 students in 1946 and the first Marine Corps students enrolled in 1947. The school was renamed "U.S. Naval School of Music" to reflect the fact that the school now trained not only Navy personnel but all personnel of the naval service.

In 1950 the Army reached an agreement with the Navy to begin training Army musicians at the Naval School of Music. The...
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