WOMEN MUSICIANS AT FORT SAM HOUSTON

 In the period from 1974-1977 the 5th Army Band was directed by Warrant Officers Jerry Cottingham (deceased) and Louis Wells. The band played the area parades and for the Annual Texas Bandmasters meeting. A special assignment was to fly to Houston to perform at the arrival of the Concorde from France. A woodwind quintet played often at the Menger Hotel. When the WAC Band was disbanded at Fort McClelland, Alabama, Liz Sanders, a flute player was the first woman to be assigned to the 5th Army Band. Beverly Garafano, French Horn and Pauline Keehn, flute/piccolo, piano followed.