The 234 Army Band, nicknamed “Oregon’s Own”, is the Oregon National Guard’s ambassadors to the State of Oregon. Organized in 1919, the band has seen duty in the Pacific during WWII and was awarded several citations including the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation for service from October 17, 1944 to July 4, 1945.
To describe the 234th Army Band, there are two words – versatile and professional.
Versatile in the sense of the ability to perform in a military setting on one occasion and conduct a performance to a civilian audience on another
Professional describes their approach to concerts, clinics and performances. They tailor their performance to each audience, incorporating a unique ability to select music that will educate and entertain the audience to the fullest extent.
Based in Portland, the 234th Army Band performs an average of 80 military and public musical missions each year. In 2011, the band was acknowledged by the Army as the nations “busiest band” and was the second busiest in 2012.
The 234th Army Band has grasped the Army’s concept of the “Musical Performance Team” and developed several ensembles to meet the varied musical missions that come up.
Because of their multi-talented members, they have created unique opportunties to celebrate the great State of Oregon, the National Guard, and the tireless efforts of the United States Army.
The band has had the opportunity to perform with such notable performers as the Charlie Daniels Band, Mickey Gilley, Johnny Lee, Barbara Mandrell, Doc Severinsen and Reba McEntire.
In 2009 the 234th Army Band worked in collaboration with Portland’s popular music ensemble, Pink Martini, to celebrate Oregon’s Statehood by presenting “Oregon! Oregon!: A Sesquicentennial Fable in Four Acts.”