Guam – The 721st Army Band of the Guam Army National Guard was formally activated today [Sunday] during a ceremony at the Plaza De Espana in Hagtana.
Formal approval to “stand-up” the band was received from the National Guard Bureau on September 1, 2008.
The 721st Army Band number signifies the birth of the Guam National Guard and the liberation of Guam on July 21st.
The band currently has 22 Soldiers assigned, out of an authorization of 39 Enlisted and 1 Warrant Officer. Recruitment for the band is continuing.
The 721st Army Band has played in key events both in the military and civilian communities. These events include various Navy and Air
Force Change of Command ceremonies, Army and Air Force Balls and the Tumon Bay Music Festival in 2009 and 2010.
They have also played in Guam National Guard send-off ceremonies, such as the ones for the Embedded Training Team 4, which recently returned from Afghanistan, and for Lt Gov Mike Cruz, before he deployed to Afghanistan about a year ago.
To continue to hone their skills, the 72st Army Band has also played with visiting military bands. During the 2009 Liberation Day Parade, members of the band marched along with the 111th Army Band from the Hawaii Army National Guard. They also performed a concert together at the Micronesia Mall. These activities were part of a joint Annual Training exercise in July 2009 between the two bands.
This year, band members participated in a music clinic and practiced with the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force Band, after they marched in the 2010
Liberation Day parade.
The current band leader and band commander is WO1 Maximo Ronquillo, Jr. Ronquillo is also the Music Director for the Guam Territorial Band,
Director of Bands – George Washington High School and the Founder and Artistic Director of the Tumon Bay Music Festival.