Fort Wainwright army band prepares for move to Anchorage

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Army has announced plans to move interior Alaska's 9th Army Band to Anchorage next month.

    The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the Fort Wainwright band will transfer to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richards Oct. 16. The move announced Wednesday is part of a larger "mandated restructuring" within the Army.

    Army Alaska spokesman John Pennell says the decision was largely driven by the fact that the band played more officials events at the Anchorage base than at Fort Wainwright.

    He says 42 members of the band will relocate, while five people with shorter times remaining in their deployments will form a brass quintet and stay put through early 2017.

    Pennell says the band will try to maintain a presence in Fairbanks, where it performs in schools and participates in community activities.

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