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Music in the Military: Presidio Band Barracks

 
 
Music in the Military: <i>Presidio Band Barracks</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 16, 2014
1. Music in the Military: Presidio Band Barracks Marker
Captions: The 2nd U.S. Artillery regimental band about 1867. (upper left); The military band tradition was carried on at the Presidio by the 91st Division Band, which played at the centennial of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. (bottom, left); 6th U.S. Army Band on the steps of the band barracks about 1970. (bottom, left); Sergeant, field musician of the 7th California infantry in his dress uniform, 1902. (sidebar, top): Trumpet specifications. (sidebar, bottom).
Inscription. The building to the right was a band barracks, Music kept the Army marchers in step, rallied troops in battle, enhanced ceremonies and solemnized burials. Each day at the Presidio began at 6 a.m. with the boom of a cannon and a bugle sounding a rousing wake-up reveille. At 5 p.m. the cannon boomed again and the bugler sounded post retreat.

Band barracks were usually smaller and more comfortable than standard barracks. Building 106 and Building 100 were both band barracks and “bookend” the five large Montgomery Street barracks. This barracks housed 37 musicians. It was built in 1909 in the Georgian Revival Style with Tuscan columns based on plans from the Office of the Quartermaster in Washington. From 1922 to 1941, this was the home of the Regimental Band of the 30th Infantry.

Over hill, over dale
As we hit the dusty trail,
And the caissons go rolling along,
In and out, hear them shout,
Counter march and right about,
And the caissons go rolling along.

“The Caissons Go Rolling Along” World War I song (caissons are ammunition wagons)

sidebar, right

Daily Bugle Calls
06:00 Reveille
06:30 Mess call
07:30 Fatigue
08:00 Sick call
09:00 Assembly or Guard detail
10:00
Music in the Military: <i>Presidio Band Barracks</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 16, 2014
2. Music in the Military: Presidio Band Barracks Marker
This marker is on the right.
Drill
12:00 Mess call
13:00 Drill
14:00 Fatigue
16:15 Recall (from Fatigue)
17:00 Retreat and Roll call
21:00 Tatoo - Roll call and Taps (extinguish lights)
 
Erected by Goldern Gate National Recreation Area.
 
Location. 37° 48.111′ N, 122° 27.478′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is on Montgomery Street near Lincoln Boulevard, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 75 Montgomery Street, San Francisco CA 94129, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Montgomery Street Barracks (here, next to this marker); The Ordo˝ez Gun (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); War in the Philippines (about 800 feet away); Presidio of San Francisco (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Women in the Army: U.S. Army Nurse Corps (approx. 0.2 miles away); San Francisco National Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); North West Corner of Original Presidio (approx. ╝ mile away); Military Intelligence Service Language School (approx. ╝ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
More about this marker. The Montgomery Barracks are located in the San Francisco Persidio, a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicForts, Castles
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 21, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 402 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 21, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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