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

By Jill M. Sullivan

On Saturday, November 14, 1944, radio listeners heard an enthusiastic broadcast announcer describe whatever they'd by no means heard prior to: girls making a song the "Marines' Hymn" rather than the conventional 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 bear 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 global struggle II, those gaps within the old list can hardly ever be taken care of because the degree in their success.

The novelty of those bands—initially hired via the U.S. army to help 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. as an alternative, the robust bond fostered through younger enthusiasm and the infrequent chance to serve within the army whereas making expert quality song may come to final a few 60 years. in keeping with interviews with over 70 surviving band individuals, Bands of Sisters tells the story of this amazing interval within the heritage of yankee women.

Sullivan covers the background of those ensembles, tracing bills reminiscent of the feminine track academics who would go away their positions to develop into expert musicians—no effortless subject for girl instrumentalists of the pre-war period. Sullivan extra lines how a few band participants may later be one of the first post-war song therapists in keeping with their adventure operating with clinical team of workers in hospitals to regard injured squaddies. The possibilities offered by means of army provider necessarily promoted new views on what girls may perhaps accomplish outdoor of the house, leading to a life of lasting relationships that will encourage destiny generations of musicians.

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