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U.S. Army Signal Corps Band
Building 29609
Barnes Road
Fort Gordon, GA 30905
Tel: 706-791-4856
DSN: 780-4856
Fax: 706-791-5233
Hours: 0730-1600 (M-F)
 
Commander/Conductor:
706-791-3113
 
First Sergeant/Enlisted Bandleader:
706-791-2481
 
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706-791-4856

The U.S. Army Signal Corps Band

The United States Army Signal Corps Band, headquartered at Fort Gordon, Georgia, serves as a musical outreach asset for the U.S. Army Signal Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon

The 40 member ensemble performs numerous concerts and ceremonies in support of local and regional events, including festivals, inaugurations, and both city and state commemorations.  The Band's smaller ensembles frequently travel, both within the Central Savannah River Area, and throughout the United States, in support of the Commanding General's public outreach program.  The Band also serves as the primary ceremonial unit assigned to Fort Gordon, providing ceremonial and musical support for a wide variety of signal Center ceremonies, graduations, and formal military functions.

 

Leadership

Chief Warrant Officer Four W. Scott MacDonald, Commander and Conductor

CW4 W. Scott MacDonald is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA in 1988 and a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from Youngstown State University in 1990. Prior to enlisting in the Army, CW4 MacDonald was a public school teacher in the Pittsburgh area.

In 1992, CW4 MacDonald attended Basic Training at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. He then attended Advanced Individual Training at the Armed Forces School of Music at Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base, Norfolk, VA. After accelerating from that course, he was assigned as a Trumpet player with the Continental Army Band at Ft. Monroe, VA from 1993-1995. In 1995, CW4 MacDonald went on to become a member of the U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point, NY. While at West Point, CW4 MacDonald was a Bugler with the band’s field music group, the “Hellcats”, and a member of the Highlands Brass Quintet. In 1998, CW4 MacDonald was assigned to the Army Ground Forces Band at Ft. McPherson in Atlanta, GA. While there he served as the Principal Trumpet for the Concert Band and NCOIC of the Brass Quintet.

In 2001, CW4 MacDonald was selected to become a Warrant Officer Bandmaster. He attended Warrant Officer Candidate School at Ft. Rucker, AL and the Warrant Officer Basic Course at the Armed Forces School of Music in 2002.

From 2003 to 2005 he served as Commander and Conductor of the U.S. Army Signal Corps Band at Fort Gordon, Georgia. From 2005-2008 CW4 MacDonald was the commander of the 1st Infantry Division Band, first in Bamberg, Germany and in 2006 he moved the band with the rest of the 1st Infantry Division to Fort Riley, Kansas. In 2009, CW4 MacDonald assumed command of the 282nd Army Band at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. CW4 MacDonald then became the Commander and Conductor of the 101st Airborne Division Band (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY in August of 2011 and commanded the band during their deployment to Afghanistan in 2013. CW4 MacDonald has been in his present position as Commander and Conductor of the U.S. Army Signal Corps Band at Fort Gordon, GA since August 2013.

CW4 MacDonald’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal (3rd Award), the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. He was also awarded the Order of Horatio Gates Bronze Medal as well as earning the Meritorious Unit Citation for moving the 1st Infantry Division Band from Europe to the United States in 2006 while remaining the only unit in the Division to remain fully functional throughout the entire process of re-locating. CW4 MacDonald is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, Music Educators National Conference, and the Kansas Music Educators Association.


First Sergeant Robert T. Lynch, Enlisted Bandleader

First Sergeant Robert T. Lynch assumed the duties of First Sergeant and Enlisted Bandleader of the U.S. Army Signal Corps Band on June 15, 2012. He hails from Centereach, New York, where he graduated from Ward Melville High School in 1977. He enlisted in the Army in 1992, and his previous assignments include the 18th Army Band, Fort Devens, Massachusetts (1993-1994), the 296th Army Band, Camp Zama, Japan (1994-2003), the Army Ground Forces Band at Fort McPherson, Georgia (2003-2006), a return to the 296th Army Band at Camp Zama (2006-2009), the 56th Army Band at Fort Lewis, Washington (2009-2010), and the U.S. Army, Europe, Band and Chorus in Heidelberg, Germany (2010-2012).

First Sergeant Lynch's military education includes the Warrior Leader Course, the Army Band Advanced Leader Course, and the Army Band Senior Leader Course, and is qualified to serve as an instrumental instructor at the Army and Navy Schools of Music. His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Music Performance from Fredonia State College, and a Master of Brass Performance from Boston University. Prior to his military service, First Sergeant Lynch was a founding member of the Boston Brass, held the bass trombone chair with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, and performed with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Springfield (Massachusetts) Symphony Orchestra, and the Sendai (Japan) Philharmonic.

His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (3rd award), the Army Commendation Medal (2nd award), the Army Achievement Medal (5th award), the Army Good Conduct Medal (6th award), and the National Defense Service Medal. In addition, 1SG Lynch was recognized as the 1997 U.S. Army Japan Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, The 1997 U.S. Army Pacific NCO of the Year, and the 2001 Army Bands Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year.


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