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Bands of Sisters : U.S. Women''s Military Bands during World War II

By: Sullivan, Jill M.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.The American Wind Band: Publisher: Lanham : Scarecrow Press, 2011Description: 1 online resource (280 p.).ISBN: 9780810881631.Subject(s): United States - Armed Forces - Bands | United States -- Armed Forces -- Bands | United States - Armed Forces - Women | United States -- Armed Forces -- Women | World War, 1939-1945 - Participation, Female | World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, FemaleGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Bands of Sisters : U.S. Women''s Military Bands during World War IIDDC classification: 784.84082097 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Foreword; Preface; Acronyms and Abbreviations; Chapter 1: Introduction; Chapter 2: The WAC Bands; Chapter 3: WAVES Instrumental Ensembles; Chapter 4: The Coast Guard SPAR Band; Chapter 5: MCWR Band; Chapter 6: Music for the Injured Soldier; Chapter 7: Conclusions; Appendix: List of Women Interviewed-Bands and Instruments; Bibliography
Summary: During World War II, the U.S. military employed all-female bands to support bond drives. These bands drew such attention that they were placed on tour, raising money for the war and boosting morale. Even after the war ended, the bands would last for some 60 years. Based on Jill Sullivan''s interviews with over 70 surviving band members, Bands of Sisters: U.S. Women''s Military Bands during World War II tells the tale of this remarkable period in the history of American women. The opportunities presented by military service inevitably promoted new perspectives on what women could accomplish outside of the home, resulting in a lifetime of lasting relationships that would inspire future generations of musicians.
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Foreword; Preface; Acronyms and Abbreviations; Chapter 1: Introduction; Chapter 2: The WAC Bands; Chapter 3: WAVES Instrumental Ensembles; Chapter 4: The Coast Guard SPAR Band; Chapter 5: MCWR Band; Chapter 6: Music for the Injured Soldier; Chapter 7: Conclusions; Appendix: List of Women Interviewed-Bands and Instruments; Bibliography

During World War II, the U.S. military employed all-female bands to support bond drives. These bands drew such attention that they were placed on tour, raising money for the war and boosting morale. Even after the war ended, the bands would last for some 60 years. Based on Jill Sullivan''s interviews with over 70 surviving band members, Bands of Sisters: U.S. Women''s Military Bands during World War II tells the tale of this remarkable period in the history of American women. The opportunities presented by military service inevitably promoted new perspectives on what women could accomplish outside of the home, resulting in a lifetime of lasting relationships that would inspire future generations of musicians.

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Appearing in the "American Wind Band Series," ed. by Raoul Camus, this book considers all eight of the known women's bands and several drum and bugle corps in four branches of the military during WW II. With this project Sullivan (music education, Arizona State Univ.) synthesizes and helps preserve a substantial body of primary sources, some of which might otherwise have been lost, including military documents and personal diaries. She conducted 79 interviews with former band members, gaining not only insight about their participation in the military bands, but also information about their musical backgrounds and postwar careers. Initially organized to support units of women enlistees and to free men for combat-oriented tasks, the women's bands ultimately played more important roles by promoting patriotism at home, raising millions of dollars performing at bond drives, engaging with wounded and returning soldiers, and recruiting women for the military. For many band members, the years of service to the nation marked a highpoint in their lives--boosting self-esteem and elevating professional skills. Many interviewees identified performances in hospitals as their most important accomplishment--one perhaps linked with the subsequent development of music therapy. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates; general readers. J. M. Edwards emerita, Macalester College

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