Since 1944, the Ohio National Guard's 122nd Army Band has been a staple of the musical tradition of the United States military in Ohio. Members of the unit hail from every corner of Ohio (plus a few from other states) and are charged with carrying out the mission of strengthening troop morale and building a positive connection between the public and the Ohio National Guard.
As one of the finest National Guard bands in the nation, the 122nd utilizes its resources to perform dozens of missions each year across the state. Citizens, soldiers, and musicians alike all agree that the 122nd Army Band is one of the leading groups of its kind in the nation.
The 122nd's main performing groups — the Concert Band, Rock Band, Brass Quintet, and Ceremonial Band — perform for a wide variety of audiences, ranging from military ceremonies to parades and traditional summer concerts for the public. If you are interested in having the Ohio Army National Guard's 122nd Army Band perform at your event, please contact us with your request.
The 122nd Army Band is a highly flexible group, capable of performing in a variety of settings and for differing audiences. In addition to the full concert band, the 122nd fields several smaller ensembles to meet the modern musical needs of the military and the public.
The primary performing group of the 122nd, the Concert Band is composed of all the unit's personnel and performs a wide range of repertoire geared towards the public audience. The 122nd's Concert Band performs during the band's summer tour and for other events throughout the year. Concert selections include popular classic marches, film scores, patriotic tunes, and traditional and contemporary concert literature.
Sure to leave you stunned, Flashbang is the 122nd's popular rock ensemble. With full instrumentation, from guitars, keyboards, and drums, to horns and vocals, Flashbang is capable of performing a broad range of entertaining popular music, from rock to pop to country — and everything in between.
This highly versatile group performs for both the military and the public, supporting everything from troop morale events, military balls, and recruiting events to public concerts and school functions.
The 122nd is capable of breaking into smaller groups suitable for supporting military, government, and civilian ceremonies with appropriate patriotic music. These Ceremonial Bands are structured as small traditional military bands and perform at functions throughout the year.
Composed of two trumpets, a french horn, trombone, and tuba, the 122nd's Brass Quintet performs for military, government, and civilian functions throughout the year. With a catalog of popular, patriotic, and traditional pieces, the Brass Quintet is a small but versatile group that supports a wide variety of events.
WO1 Joseph Lewis, Commander
Warrant Officer 1 Joseph Lewis is from Springfield, Ohio and graduated from Northwestern High School in 2000. Upon graduation, he joined the 122nd Army Band as a Private First Class, playing the trombone. He graduated from The Ohio State University in 2006 with degrees in Music Education and Bass Trombone Performance, and completed a masters degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University. In 2014 he graduated from Warrant Officer Candidate School at Fort Rucker, attaining the rank of Warrant Officer 1 and assumed command of the 122nd Army Band in 2015. WO1 Lewis currently resides in Cardington, Ohio, with his wife Lindsay and daughter Eleora and works as a customer service advisor for J.P. Morgan Chase.
1SG Ryan Scarberry, First Sergeant
First Sergeant Ryan Scarberry joined the West Virginia National Guard in 1994, serving in the 201st Field Artillery before transferring to the 249th West Virginia Army National Guard Band in 1996 as a percussionist. In 2000 he transferred to the Ohio Army National Guard and joined the 122nd Army Band, assuming the post of First Sergeant in 2012. In addition to his duties with the 122nd Army Band, 1SG Scarberry also works at Kraft Foods as a national distribution coordinator.
SFC Ryan Pederson, Readiness NCO
Sergeant First Class Ryan Pederson enlisted in the Ohio Army National Guard in 2003, joining the 122nd Army Band as a tuba player. In 2006 he deployed with several band members to Kuwait and Iraq, returning to the band a year later. In March 2008 he was assigned to the Ohio National Guard Joint Force Headquarters in a full-time position in their personnel office. In 2010, he worked to prepare the 1-134th Field Artillery for their deployment to Afghanistan. He was then promoted and reassigned to the 122nd Army Band in 2011 as the unit supply sergeant. SFC Pederson took over as the 122nd's Readiness NCO in 2014.
As an Army Band, the 122nd provides musical support throughout the full spectrum of military operations to instill in our Soldiers the will to fight and win, to foster the support of our Citizens, and to promote our national interests at home and abroad.
As an Army unit, the 122nd Army Band and its members are held to the same standards as Soldiers in the rest of the Army National Guard and the active duty Army, in addition to maintaining their musical proficiency. Army Musicians are required to attend the same 9-week Army Basic Combat Training as all other Army Soldiers, and are required to meet Army standards in physical fitness, marksmanship, and other areas.
The 122nd Army Band falls under the 371st Special Troops Battalion, part of the Ohio National Guard's 371st Sustainment Brigade. Along with the 122nd Army Band, the 371st Special Troops Battalion also commands the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 371st Sustainment Brigade; 211th Maintenance Company; 212th Maintenance Company; 285th Area Support Medical Company; 684th Area Support Medical Company; 137th Signal Company; and the 196th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment. The 371st Sustainment Brigade also contains the 112th Transportation Battalion, with five transportation companies located across the state of Ohio. Sustainment Brigades like the 371st were created in the mid-2000's as part of a national transition from a division-based Army to brigades; with division support commands, corps support groups, and area support groups transforming and merging into sustainment brigades.
The 371st Sustainment Brigade deployed on short notice in September 2005 to conduct relief operations in Louisiana and Mississippi in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The brigade deployed overseas from June 2013 to February 2014 to Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, conducting logistical operations in eight countries in the Middle East region.
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