1. FEBRUARY 1941

    The Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet Band (Unit 56) forms when the Pacific Fleet headquarters is established at Pearl Harbor.

  2. SEPTEMBER 13, 1941

    The Battle of Music band competition begins in Pearl Harbor Naval Station’s Bloch Arena.

    Held every two weeks, the Battle of Music features Navy bands from capitol ships homeported in Pearl Harbor, and bands attached to shore installations in Hawaii. Four bands compete in each round for the chance to compete in the final round of the competition. Each band competes with a swing number, a ballad and a specialty tune, and performs for a jitterbug contest.

    The USS Arizona (BB 39) band, Navy Band Unit 22, wins the first round of the competition.

  3. NOVEMBER 22, 1941

    Navy Band Unit 22 competes in the first semifinal round of the Battle of Music. They place second behind the Marine Barracks Band.

    Members of the Arizona dance band pause during the Battle of Music semifinal. (U.S. Navy/Tai Sing Loo)
  4. DECEMBER 6, 1941

    Bands from USS Pennsylvania (BB 38), USS Tennessee (BB 43) and USS Argonne (AG 31) compete in the Battle of Music. The band from USS Detroit (CL 8) was scheduled to compete, but their ship deployed a few days earlier.

    Several members of the Arizona band attend the contest to see their upcoming competition, and to visit with Navy School of Music shipmates assigned to the Tennessee band.

    The Pennsylvania band is the winner that evening.

  5. DECEMBER 7, 1941

    While the band from USS Nevada (BB 36) plays Morning Colors, the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor commences. The entire Arizona band, while at battle stations passing ammunition under gun turret number one, is killed during the attack.

  6. DECEMBER 20, 1941

    The final round of the Battle of Music competition is cancelled.

    In the weeks following December 7, the participants vote to posthumously award the tournament trophy to Navy Band Unit 22, renaming it the Arizona Trophy.

  7. 1956–1959

    CWO3 George L. Briley

    Bandmaster

  8. 1959–1965

    CWO3 John H. Norris

    Bandmaster

  9. 1959

    The U.S. Pacific Fleet Band operates from a building at Supply Base Pearl Harbor, just inside the Halawa Gate.

  10. 1959–1969

    The band travels extensively, representing Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet throughout the Pacific. Engagements include South Korea, Guam, the Philippines and Okinawa.

  11. 1960 & 1963

    The band travels with the Barbers Point Naval Air Station Band to the South Pacific to commemorate the battle of the Coral Sea. The bands made the trip every three years, rotating with the Hickam Air Force Base Band and the Schofield Barracks Army Band.

    Ports of call for performances on these trips included the Australian cities of Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, as well as performances in New Zealand, New Caledonia, and American Samoa.

  12. 1964

    The band moves across the street just inside the CINCPACFLT gate, sharing a building with Fleet Imaging.

  13. 1966–1967

    CWO4 Richard E. Larson

    Bandmaster

  14. 1966

    Band Unit 3 closes. Pacific Fleet Band moves to the Pearl Harbor Naval Station Band building at Bishop Point near Hickam Harbor.

  15. 1967

    The band moves to its current facility, Building 277, located at the historic Pearl Harbor Naval Station Marine Barracks compound.

    In addition to being used for band workspaces, the building also served as barracks for band personnel during the early years of occupancy.

  16. 1968–1969

    CWO4 John H. Norris

    Bandmaster

  17. 1968

    The band deploys to South Vietnam for three to four weeks. During the tour, they perform concerts in Da Nang, Ben Hoa, Cam Ranh Bay and Saigon.

    The band travels to their performance sites on whatever military aircraft are available at the time. This creates some delays in travel.

    In one instance, the band is marooned in Cam Ranh Bay for nearly a week while waiting for any available plane to take them to their next destination.

    During another close call, the band arrives at an airfield within an hour of it being shelled by the enemy.

  18. 1970–1973

    CWO Philip H. Field

    Bandmaster

  19. 1974–1976

    CWO4 John E. Ingram, Jr.

    Bandmaster

  20. MID 1970s–EARLY 1980s

    The U.S. Pacific Fleet Band performs a number of Hawaii concerts with local musicians, including Jimmy Borges, Cheryl Barash, Melveen Leed and Ira Nepus.

  21. 1977–1978

    LT William G. Brittain

    Bandmaster

  22. AUGUST 1977–1980

    The Pacific Fleet Chorale is established. Formed to compliment concert performances by the Pacific Fleet Band, the ensemble is an all-volunteer chorus comprised of active duty members and dependents of all branches of the armed forces stationed on Oahu. The Chorale was active until 1980.

    An announcement for Pacific Fleet Chorale auditions. The announcement appeared in the July 22, 1977 edition of Hawaii Marine.
  23. 1979–1981

    LT Leo H. Leary, III

    Bandmaster

  24. MARCH 1980

    The International Sea Services Combined Wind Ensemble performs a concert in Hawaii at Kapiolani Park.

    Held during the Rim of the Pacific exercise, the performance features various military musicians from the participating countries’ naval forces, including U.S. Pacific Fleet Band.

  25. 1982–1985

    LCDR Harold R. Hessler

    Bandmaster

  26. 1986–1988

    LCDR Thomas E. Metcalf

    Bandmaster

  27. NOVEMBER 6, 1986

    The Pacific Fleet Band arrives in Qingdao, China aboard the USS Reeves (CG 24).

    The trip was part of a historic 15-day port call, the first visit by U.S. Navy ships to the country in 37 years.

  28. 1988–1990

    LT J. Michael Alverson

    Bandmaster

  29. 1988

    The band travels to India for ceremonies commemorating the 150th anniversary of the American Consul in Bombay.

  30. 1989

    The band travels to Australia, playing for audiences in Melbourne, Cairns and Canberra. The tour culminates with a performance at the Sydney Opera House.

  31. 1990–1993

    LT John H. Farquhar

    Bandmaster

  32. 1994–1998

    LT Gary R. Seitz

    Bandmaster

  33. JUNE 1994

    The band’s facility, Building 277, is documented by the Historic American Buildings Survey. The building was a Marine barracks prior to and during World War II.

    Building 277 as it appeared in June 1994. (Historical American Buildings Survey/David Franzen)
  34. AUGUST 1995

    The band travels to Midway Island to participate in the dedication of a monument commemorating the Battle of Midway.

    The trip’s highlight was the premier performance of The Battle of Midway Island March, written and conducted by Ambassador J. William Middendorf II. Middendorf was a veteran of World War II and a former secretary of the Navy.

    The march was written in recognition of the men who fought and died to change the course of the war in the Pacific.

  35. AUGUST 1995

    U.S. Pacific Fleet and the Russian Pacific Fleet conduct Cooperation from the Sea ’95, a combined maritime disaster relief exercise. The exercise was the first major exercise conducted by the two fleets in the United States.

    The U.S. Pacific Fleet Band hosted a visiting Russian navy band during the exercise.

  36. SEPTEMBER 1995

    The band performs at a variety of Hawaii events commemorating the end of World War II and the 50th anniversary of V-J Day.

    Highlights of the band’s participation include a presidential wreath-laying ceremony on USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in Pearl Harbor; an international parade of ships and aircraft off the coast of Honolulu; a presidential parade and review through downtown Honolulu and Waikiki; and an old-fashioned hangar dance on board Carl Vinson Sept. 2, honoring all WWII veterans.

    The band conducts over 40 engagements over a nine-day period.

  37. SEPTEMBER 1995

    The band participates in the opening ceremonies for the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies.

  38. 1998–2001

    LT R. G. Barrett

    Bandmaster

  39. 1999

    The band participtes in opening the Battleship Missouri Memorial.

  40. MAY 1999

    The band performs for the opening of The Moving Wall, a traveling half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, at the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center.

  41. 1999

    The band participates in the closing of Naval Air Station Barbers Point.

  42. 2001

    The band travels to Guam to perform at the 40th anniversary of the commissioning of USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63).

  43. MAY 21, 2001

    The band performs for the premiere of the movie Pearl Harbor aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).

  44. 2001–2004

    LT Dale E. Yager

    Bandmaster

  45. 2004–2007

    LT Kenneth C. Collins

    Bandmaster

  46. 2007–2010

    LT Bruce A. McDonald

    Bandmaster

  47. 2010–2011

    LCDR David W. Hodge

    Bandmaster

  48. 2011–2014

    LCDR Robert J. Wrenn

    Bandmaster

  49. 2014–2016

    LT Patrick K. Sweeten

    Bandmaster

  50. 2016–

    LT Kelly Cartwright

    Bandmaster