US Army Band Pershing's Own, US Army
US ARMY BAND PERSHING'S OWN, US ARMY
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height overall consisting of two gold sprigs of laurel entwined as a lyre shaped wreath, its cross bar a Blue wavy cross bar, overall a White star and pendant on a gold cord a Blue bugle garnished gold suspended from the base of the top arm of the star. The cord tassels entwining the bottom two arms of the star.
Shield: The eight red and white bars represent the eight notes in octave music. The blue border is taken from the Great Seal of the United States and surrounds the entire shield, which symbolizes the Army as a whole and the Army Band's position as the chief musical organization of the Army. The sword, symbolizing the Army, and the baton, symbolizing the band further depicts the band's relationship to the Army. The inescutheon from the Rhineland coat of arm's represents the campaign credit for the Band's participation in the Rhineland campaign of World War II. Crest: Above a wreath Argent and Gules a large silver star is taken from the Branch insignia of the General Staff and recalls the position by General Pershing when he founded the band in 1922. A laurel wreath, the symbol of honor and prominence, surrounds the star and is appropriately shaped like a music lyre. The bugle is one of the earliest musical instruments used by military bands and is historically a symbol of military bands. Motto: PERSHING'S OWN.
Distinctive Unit Insignia: The white star is derived from the branch insignia of the General Staff symbolizing its association with the Chief of Staff of the Army. The bugle symbolizes martial music and traditionally has been the symbol for infantry. The laurel alludes to honor and prominence, formed into a lyre shape, represents both honor and music. The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 26 Apr 1974.
Literature:Images and Information form The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.