January 30, 2020

78th Army Band Shows Philly Students an Unexpected Side of Military Life

Army Week is a community outreach effort where representatives involved in the U.S. Army meet people in a community and introduce them to aspects of the service and career paths that people don’t usually hear about or associate with Army life. 

Music is a great example. The Coalition’s operations director, Luis Santiago, is in the Army Reserves and is also the 78th Army Band commander. He and the band recently participated in the first-ever Philadelphia Army Week in December, with a small ensemble that performed for and talked with roughly 300 School District of Philadelphia K-high school students about being musicians in the Army. 

The band members answered questions about being a musician, career possibilities, and what it means to be a soldier-musician. The band was busy that December week, visiting Philadelphia’s Abraham Lincoln HS, George Washington HS, Kensington CAPA, Philadelphia High School for Girls, Strawberry Mansion HS, Roman Catholica HS and Wissahickon Boys & Girls Club.

It was a great experience for all, and the teachers say they are looking forward to having the band visit again in the near future.

Visit the 78th Army Band on Facebook.