Tenth Cavalry Band
Fort Huachuca, Arizona
The Buffalo Soldiers of the 9th and 10th Cavalry organized excellent bands that encouraged good relations with the civilian populations. They offered concerts, played for parades and funerals, and provided dance music for church benefits.
These bands were mounted, and their horses were generally older, semi-retired cavalry horses that were gentle and easily managed. While the musicians would play, their reins were over the pommel of the saddle, and the riders guided their mounts with their legs and knees.
This photograph shows the 10th Cavalry Band at Fort Huachuca, Arizona in 1923. These Buffalo Soldiers would perform for parades, drills, conferences and receptions; often, they were aboard their horses while playing their instruments.
2013.33.1, Courtesy of Fort Huachuca Museum