Service

Military Bands play a unique role in the American Military.

They serve in a ceremonial capacity preserving the rich heritage and traditions associated with military service. Bands provide a protocol function playing for presidents, governors and heads of state around the world.

They perform a community relations mission, fostering patriotism and support for our troops. Bands are used to support local recruiting efforts.

Most importantly though, Military Bands perform a morale mission for the troops who are stepping up to answer the call of duty, at home and around the world.

The 234th Army Band regularly meets each of these missions as they perform at dozens of events each year. The citizen soldiers of the 234th are committed to serving the Armed Services and the citizen’s of Oregon.

The are truly “Oregon’s Own”!

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Ensembles

Ceremonial/Marching Band: The Ceremonial Band is a very versatile 40 piece ensemble and performs for a great variety of events from official military functions and sporting events to public festivals and parades.

Concert Band: The Concert Band is our formal sit down ensemble. This 40 piece ensemble also performs for official military functions, pops concerts, and public holiday events.

Brass Ops: This “Louisiana Style” brass band, is a fun, sometimes goofy ensemble, that is interested in telling the Army story through high energy music that is soulful, jazzy and funky.

General Dischord: This ensemble, although populated with wind instruments that are not generally thought of in popular music, has developed an eclectic mix of music that can fit in any setting from military ceremonial music, swing, pop, country and even classical.

Article 15: This ensemble features vocals and instruments playing a variety of music including country, swing and rock. Perfect for a fun afternoon!

Command Team

Commander: CW2 Ashley Alexander serves as the Commander and Conductor of the Oregon National Guard’s, 234th Army Band.

Mr. Alexander joined the 234th Army Band in 2002 as a bassonist and was featured as a soloist with the band, performing the Portland Premier of Concerto for Basson and Wind Ensemble by Eric Ewazen in April 2004. Mr. Alexander also served as the Unit Supply Non-commisioned Officer until commissioned as a Warrant Officer in August, 2007. Mr. Alexander deployed to New Orleans with six other members of the Band in support of Operation Katrina, temporarily being appointed as the Battalion Supply NCO for the 41st Troop Battalion. Mr. Alexander is the seventh Commander of the 234th Army Band since their activation in 1919. In August 2009, Mr. Alexander conducted “Oregon! Oregon!” in collaboration with Pink Martini, Portland’s popular music ensemble. Mr. Alexander graduated from DePaul University in 2009 with a Master of Music in Performance. In December 2008, Mr. Alexander married his wife, Erin Rose. Mr. Alexander has received three Army Achievement Medals and the Humanitarian Service Medal.

First Sergeant: 1SG Preston Baxter serves as the unit’s primary Enlisted Leader and plays french horn in the 234th Army Concert Band and the “Brass Ops” Ensemble. He is often called upon to use his skills on the piano in the concert band as well.
1SG Baxter joined the 23rd Army Band in 1990 as a French horn player. After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Civil Engineering from Utah State University in 1996, he transferred to Oregon’s 234th Army Band and served as the unit’s translator during the their Annual Training in Panama. He holds dual Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering and Wood Science from Oregon State University, is a licensed Professional Engineer in Oregon and Nevada, and is currently employed as a structural engineer with CH2MHill. 1SG Baxter’s military awards include two Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medal with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with one Silver Oak Leaf Cluster. He resides in Independence with his wife, Aurora, and their six children.

Money

The Oregon Army National Guard offers more than just your monthly paycheck. Our wide array of bonuses and incentives can put extra money in you wallet – thousands of dollars, in fact.

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