Bands of Sisters: U.S. Women's Military Bands during World by Jill M. Sullivan

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By Jill M. Sullivan

On Saturday, November 14, 1944, radio listeners heard an enthusiastic broadcast announcer describe anything they'd by no means heard prior to: girls making a song the "Marines' Hymn" rather than the normal all-male usa Marine Band. The singers have been truly contributors of its sister association, The Marine Corps Women's Reserve Band of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. at the present time, few have in mind those all-female army bands simply because just a small variety of their performances have been broadcast or pressed to vinyl. yet, as Jill Sullivan argues in Bands of Sisters: U.S. Women's army Bands in the course of international conflict II, those gaps within the historic list can infrequently be handled because the degree in their success.

The novelty of those bands—initially hired by way of the U.S. army to aid bond drives—drew sufficient spectators for the bands to be put on travel, elevating cash for the warfare and boosting morale. the ladies, as soon as discharged on the war's finish, refused to vanish into post-war domesticity. in its place, the powerful bond fostered by way of younger enthusiasm and the infrequent chance to serve within the army whereas making expert quality tune may come to final a few 60 years. in line with interviews with over 70 surviving band individuals, Bands of Sisters tells the story of this impressive interval within the background of yankee women.

Sullivan covers the background of those ensembles, tracing bills equivalent to the feminine song lecturers who would depart their positions to turn into expert musicians—no effortless topic for woman instrumentalists of the pre-war period. Sullivan additional strains how a few band contributors may later be one of the first post-war tune therapists in line with their adventure operating with scientific team of workers in hospitals to regard injured squaddies. The possibilities awarded via army carrier necessarily promoted new views on what ladies may accomplish outdoors of the house, leading to a life of lasting relationships that might motivate destiny generations of musicians.

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