HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The Army Materiel Command Band is playing a different tune today, as a new commander has taken over.
"Army bands really add something that can't really be duplicated in any other way," said Incoming Army Materiel Command Band Commander, Chief Warrant Officer 3, James Bettencourt. "The pomp and circumstance, a recording just can't do."
The band now has a new commander helping to strike up the band. Commander Bettencourt says he’s ready for the job. "It's actually one of the sought after assignments in the army and band field."
He says they have a lot to offer. "They are wonderful musicians and are wonderful soldiers," said Commander Bettencourt.
With every note they play, they evoke emotion, speaking to the souls of those who hear them. "We do our best to go to the wounded warrior units; it's very pleasing to them. There have been times, someone opens up more after they just hear some music, and something touches them. There's something about what music does to the soul," said Bettencourt.
Commander Bettencourt says it's bittersweet to take the position, knowing Chief Warrant Officer Four, Jesse Pascua is retiring, but he hopes he can continue to push the band forward.
"We have a lot to offer the army and it's our honor and privilege to do that," said Bettencourt.