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Serving in our nation’s capital provides opportunities so many learning opportunities for our service members and civilian staff. Joint Force Headquarters – National Capital Region and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington are honored to share some of these experiences with you through our music education programs, field trip opportunities and other virtual resources.


Field Trip Opportunities


There are many opportunities for schools to experience elements of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington and the U.S. Army while visiting the nation’s capital. While we have transitioned to virtual events during the COVID-19 pandemic, we look forward to you safely joining us in the future.

View our Event Calendar

View all of our upcoming events for more details on what concerts and programming. Many of our annual events are still available virtually.

Attend a Twilight Tattoo

Twilight Tattoo performances are conducted on select dates May-July. Twilight Tattoo was virtual for 2020.

Twilight Tattoo is an hour-long, live-action military pageant featuring Soldiers from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own." Students will experience a glimpse into American history through performances by The U.S. Army Blues, vocalists from The U.S. Army Band Downrange and U.S. Army Band Voices, The U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, and The U.S. Army Drill Team.

Make group reservations for Twilight Tattoo 2021. 

U.S. Army Caisson Stables Tour

The U.S. Army Caisson Stables are currently closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Request a tour of the U.S. Army Caisson Stables at historic Joint Base Myer – Henderson Hall and meet the horses, men, and women who have the distinct honor and responsibility of carrying service members to their final resting place in Arlington National Cemetery. Learn the history of the caissons and the traditions of military funerals and ceremonies while touring the barn, leather shop and farriery.

Please submit a request form to schedule a tour.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Briefing

Access to the Memorial Amphitheater and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Historically, briefings have been conducted Monday through Friday at 10:15am and 2:15pm in the Memorial Amphitheater. When the Amphitheater reopens and briefings resume, this information will be updated.

Please submit a request form to schedule a briefing.

The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Rehearsals

Field trips opportunities are currently suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tour Group Coordinators and Music Educators may request to bring groups of students to observe the different elements in rehearsals. They will receive a video presentation outlining the history of army bands, an introductory Q&A session, private rehearsal observation, a chance to personally interact with members of the unit specifically related to the students’ interests, and leave with Army Band memorabilia!

For more information on any of these opportunities, or to schedule an Army Band educational outreach event, please contact Army Band Operations.


National Museum of the United States Army

The National Museum of the United States Army is the first and only museum to tell the history of the Army in its entirety. Education is one of the essential elements of the Museum’s mission. Rooted firmly in the Museum’s collections, education program elements are designed with the goal of creating unique, relevant and engaging experiences for our visitors. The Museum places a special emphasis on educational themes related to Army values, history and innovation.

From traditional curriculum to self-guided activities for classroom or home, the Museum will continue to shape virtual learning assets for visitors of all ages over time. The virtual resource library is in its early stages with curated content being added each month to include free resources and activities to support a range of subjects and age groups.

Admission is free, but timed-entry tickets are required. Please visit the NMUSA website for more on their education programs.

Music Education

U.S. Army Band

The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own”

Joint Base Myer - Henderson Hall

The United States Army Band "Pershing's Own"

As the nation adapts to safe, social distancing regulations, the Soldiers of Pershing's Own are excited to share some fun tools and musical tricks-of-the-trade via the United We Stand virtual space.

The U.S. Army Band offers a wide variety of music education resources including study guides, videos, masterclasses, and an opportunity to connect via Discord. For teachers and students at all levels, as well as many parents, there is a real need for finding quality educational tools and content. The U.S. Army Band’s world-class musicians are here to support you and are always looking for ways to be of assistance to the education community.

Visit their education webpage to learn more. 

The U.S. Army Field Band

The U.S. Army Field Band

Fort George G. Meade

The U.S. Army Field Band

For many years, The United States Army Field Band has been active in the educational community. From performances and clinics to instructional videotapes and reference recordings, the four performing components of the Field Band continue to expand their focus to assist music educators and play a part in the future of America’s youth. The Field Band offers clinics, instructional videotapes and reference recordings for music educators and students.

Visit their education page to learn more.

Fife and Drum Corps

Fife and Drum Corps

Joint Base Myer - Henderson Hall

Fife and Drum Corps

The U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps offers Educational Outreach programs in order to keep the rich traditions of American Military Field Music alive through clinics, masterclasses, and classroom visits.

Visit their education page to learn more.

Specialty Units

US Soldiers join allies for Polish Armed Forces Day

911th Tech Rescue

Fort Belvoir

911th U.S. Army Technical Rescue Engineer Company

The 911th Technical Rescue Engineer Company is comprised of combat engineers, firefighters, horizontal and vertical construction engineers and various support military occupational specialties who receive training and certification as rescue technicians and mine rescuers. They are on a short response time to deploy anywhere in the National Capital Region.

The 911th TREC, stationed at Fort Belvoir, Va. is assigned to the 12th Aviation Battalion, The Army Aviation Brigade, U.S. Army Military District of Washington. The unit received its name designation in honor of its response at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

Learn more about the 911th Technical Rescue Engineer Company on Facebook

The U.S. Army Drill Team

The U.S. Army Drill Team

Joint Base Myer - Henderson Hall

The U.S. Army Drill Team

The U.S. Army Drill Team has earned international acclaim through its breathtaking routines with bayonet-tipped 1903 Springfield rifles. The team are goodwill ambassadors for the Army and participate in major military and civic functions. The team’s intricate maneuvers are the result of discipline, training and constant practice. The dangerous drills are performed without vocal cadence, command or musical cues. The team supports the U.S. Army Military District of Washington’s ceremonial commitments and Army recruiting from its home at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall at Fort Myer, Virginia. Competition is intense for a place on this elite team, and a vacancy is filled only after months of drill practice. The strength and dexterity to handle the rifle along with a trim, polished military bearing are essential.

Learn more about the U.S. Army Drill Team on Facebook and  Instagram

The U.S. Army Caisson Platoon

The U.S. Army Caisson Platoon

Joint Base Myer - Henderson Hall

The U.S. Army Caisson Platoon

Honoring the fallen is The U.S. Army Caisson Platoon’s primary mission. The U.S. Army first started using Caisson wagons to haul ammunition for artillery in the early 1800s during the Mexican War. The wagons were used as field-expedient ambulances after battle to carry the injured and fallen. This is where the tradition of using a Caisson in military funerals began. The Caisson Platoon’s caissons were built in 1918 by the American Carriage and Foundry Company. Caisson Soldiers care for and preserve these historical items, as they maintain the traditions of horsemanship, farriery and saddling used in the Army since the 1800s.

Today the Caisson Platoon Soldiers and horses serve as the mounted escort for our Nation’s fallen heroes during Military Honors Funerals with Escort in Arlington National Cemetery. They perform Special and State Funerals. The Caisson Platoon is the last official, full-time, equestrian-mounted unit in the Department of Defense. The stables at Joint Base Myer – Henderson Hall were built in 1908 on the site of a Union horse farm used during the Civil War. The Old Guard has conducted the Caisson mission since 1948.

In addition to their military funeral duties, the Caisson Platoon participates in ceremonial and outreach events within the National Capital Region to include Twilight Tattoo. The Caisson Platoon is family-friendly and often opens their doors to the public for holiday-themed events.

Learn more about The U.S. Army Caisson Platoon on Facebook and Instagram

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Joint Base Myer - Henderson Hall

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery is guarded year-round, 24 hours a day by Sentinels of The Old Guard. The guard is changed in an impressive ceremony at the tomb every half hour April 1 through Sept. 30. During the winter months, the guard is changed hourly. The Tomb Sentinel crosses the 63-foot walkway in a special measured cadence of exactly 21 steps. The Sentinel faces the tomb for 21 seconds before retracing his steps. The number 21 corresponds to the highest salute accorded to dignitaries in military and state ceremonies. As a gesture against intrusion on his post, the weapon is always carried on the shoulder farthest from the tomb. Only under exceptional circumstances may the Tomb Guard speak or alter this silent measured tour of duty. Since 1937, the Tomb Guards have never left their post. The Sentinels take pride in maintaining a constant vigil as a way to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Learn more about the Sentinels who guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on FacebookInstagram and YouTube.

The Presidential Salute Battery

The Presidential Salute Battery

Joint Base Myer - Henderson Hall

The Presidential Salute Battery

The Presidential Salute Battery renders honors to foreign dignitaries and heads of state visiting the White House, the Pentagon and other places in the area. It also fires the final salute during funerals for flag officers at Arlington National Cemetery. Not only does this platoon provide ceremonial support, but also the mortar men provide 75-mm mortar indirect-fire support during the tactical training of 3rd Infantry units. During ceremonies, the platoon fires 3-inch antitank guns mounted on a 105-mm howitzer chassis. Three-man crews, consisting of a watchman (time keeper), loader and gunner, fire at intervals from three to eight seconds, depending on the type of ceremony. Every summer the Salute Guns Platoon joins the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” in performing Tchaikovsky’s “Overture 1812.”

Learn more about The Presidential Salute Battery on Facebook and YouTube

Virtual Education Resources

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