WATCH: NH's 39th Army Band Gets Funky for Summer


A nine-member ensemble from the 39th Army Band got down with Peter St. James and Pat Kelly on "Good Morning New Hampshire" on Monday.

Tunes ranged from "America the Beautiful" and "The Star-Spangled Banner" to "Funkytown" and some James Brown at the studios of 107.7 The Pulse and 107.3 WEMJ.

The band was promoting its summer concert tour.

For those who missed their performance, tune in or stream the audio on July 4 from 8:10-9:30 a.m. to hear a rebroadcast of the entire show. The ensemble was led by Chief Warrant Officer 3 Sean Pinsonneault, commander of the 39th. The members of the group included 1 Sgt. Kevin Sawler, Sgt. 1st Class Jonathan Fortin, Staff Sgt. Michael Benoit (2018 U.S. Army Music Reserve Component Senior NCO of the Year), Sgt. Ryan Picard, Sgt. Chaz Rogers, Sgt. Eric Chase, Sgt. Nicholas Jepsen and Spc. Jared Propri.

The 39th Army Band, New Hampshire Army National Guard can trace its lineage back 139 years to its inception in Manchester in 1879. When activated for the Spanish American War, it was known as the Band Section, 1st Infantry, New Hampshire National Guard.

The band's full concert schedule can be found here.

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