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Basic info
Name 198th Army Band (Rochester)
Formed On 1949
# of Members Many
Homepage http://bands.army.mil/organizations/pages/default.asp?unit=198AB&p=contact
Contact/Booking info
Name Kevin McGuire
Phone (585) 528-2011
E-mail kevin.m.mcguire.mil@mail.mil
Misc eric.a.olear.mil@mail.mil

Based in Rochester, the 198th Army Band provides music for a large variety of public and military events in Upstate NY, and throughout the country. A marching band, rock band, concert band, brass and woodwind quintets all rolled into one, the 198th Band does it all.
The band consists of part-time professional musicians, who during the day are school music teachers, business owners, and college students, to name just a few of the many careers held by the band members. The 198th Band is a great part-time job playing your instrument that will earn you full-time benefits. Feel free to talk to any band member to find out how you can serve your Nation by playing your instrument.



The 98th Division United States Army Reserve Band was originally activated in 1949 as the musical support unit for the 311th Division. In 1957, the unit was officially reassigned to the 98th Division (Institutional Training) Headquarters located at the James W. Wadsworth United States Army Reserve Center in Rochester, NY. The 98th Division Band has performed for three presidents (Nixon, Eisenhower and Johnson), many governors and foreign dignitaries. The band played at the New York World’s Fair in 1964.

Currently the band is under the leadership of Chief Warrant Officer Two Eric Olear and First Sergeant Kevin McGuire. The band consists of members with a wide variety of civilian occupations including music teachers, computer professionals, county employees, and college students.

The 98th Division Band, also known as “Rappl’s Own”, provides musical support for military functions, as well as civilian concerts and parades in Rochester and the surrounding area from Western New York through New England.

Currently, the Band has transitioned to the 99th RRC, becoming the 198th Army Band.
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