'Tropic Lightning!'

Army Music Hawaii's mission is to provide musical support and morale to Soldiers and civilians in the 25th Infantry Division and the island of Oahu.

About Us
Command Team
Commander: Major Scott Mckenzie
First Sergeant: 1SG Cristino Moreno

Constituted on October 12, 1943, the 25th Infantry Division Band is the most highly decorated line band in the United States Army. On January 1, 1944 the 'Tropic Lightning' band was activated in New Zealand and in May of 1947 the band took its place at Schofield Barracks where it resides today.

Since its inception, the band has been awarded many decorations beginning in 1950. During the Korean War, the unit was awarded two Meritorious Unit Commendations for service from 1950 to 1952. During the Vietnam War, the unit was awarded two Meritorious Unit Commendations for service during 1966 and 1970. A Philippine Presidential Unit Citation was awarded for service October 17, 1944 to July 4, 1945. Two Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citations, for MASAN-CHINJU as well as MUNSAN-NI are also held by the unit. For service during the Vietnam War the Tropic Lightning band was awarded three Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm for service from 1966 to 1968, 1968 to 1970 and 1966 to 1970.

Now known as Army Music Hawaii, the band is a regular participant in both military and civilian events on the Island of Oahu. The band also travels throughout the Pacific Region as a goodwill ambassador for the United States Government. This organization has performed in Korea, Australia, Alaska, the Cook Islands, Thailand, Nepal, Bangladesh, Republic of Maldives, Russia and China. It was also the first US Army Band since World War II to perform in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma). In 2010, the band was the only US military band to perform at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, China.

Here is a list of the band’s recent deployments. In 1995, the band deployed to Haiti in support of Operation Uphold Democracy. In the summer of 2004 and again during the winter of 2004-2005, the Tropic Lightning band deployed in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, performing for more than 18,000 Soldiers and civilians from 21 different countries. In 2007 and 2010, the Tropic Lightning band earned two Meritorious Unit Commendations for service during Operation Iraqi Freedom 2006-2007 and 2008-2009. On December 2011, the band redeployed from a year long deployment as part of the last group of Soldiers leaving Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn.

Army Music Hawaii performs over 1,000 commitments a year. Highly visible commitments the band regularly supports include the King Kamehameha Day Parade, Honolulu Marathon and the Great Aloha Run. In addition, the band has performed for many dignitaries and celebrities including: former Presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush Sr., The Secretary of Defense, Secretary of the Army, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff and The President of South Korea.



Disturbing The Peace

The premiere brass band from Army Music Hawaii, performing a variety of styles, including traditional New Orleans style brass music, pop, funk, reggae and hip hop. If you love 'in your face' party music, Disturbing the Peace is the band that will keep you jumping and wanting more.

Appropriate Use: Parties Large and Small, Festivals, Street Parades
Number of Soldiers: 10-12


O.N.E. Nation

Delivers high energy entertainment across many genres and decades. O.N.E. Nation knows the power of a great song and the art of a great performance. With its diverse background in Funk, Rock, Country, R&b, Punk, New Orleans and Reggae. This musical super team unites the audience as O.N.E. Nation under a groove.

Appropriate Use: Parties Large and Small, Festivals, High School Assemblies
Number of Soldiers: 7 personnel + 2 production assistants


Lightning Jazz Project

Providing many types of instrumental music such as Swing, Funk, Latin, New Orleans, and smooth Jazz.

Appropriate use: Parties Large and Small, Festivals, Small High School Gatherings, Military Balls, Dinning Ins and Dinning Outs
Number of Soldiers: 6 personnel and depending on the size of the event 2 production assistants


Makani Collective

Looking for something to take the edge off? Enjoy the relaxing sounds of "the woodwind based group" Makani Collective. Specializing in small settings, Makani Collective has performed at Hospitals, Resorts and Schools throughout Hawaii. We are organized from the Woodwind section of a traditional Military Band but provide the Class without the Brass. We are effective from six players down to only two. Our missions have brought us to such places as the Shriner's Hospital for Children, the Ronald McDonald House, the Hawaii State Library and the Hale Koa to name a few. Our music ranges from the Classics, to Jazz and Latin always remaining true to Makani, the Hawaiian word for Wind.

Appropriate Use: Small Ceremony Support (Non Marching), Festivals, Elementary and Middle School Musical Outreach
Number of Soldiers: 5 Personnel


Paradise Brass

Whether toe-tapping entertainment, educational workshops, or performing the traditional ceremonial role, Paradise Brass performs a wide variety of musical genres for small and large crowds alike. Needing little logistical support and requiring a small area, our ensemble may be the perfect fit for your next event.

Appropriate Use: Small Ceremony Support (Non Marching), Festivals, Elementary and Middle School Musical Outreach
Number of Soldiers: 5 Personnel


Tropic Knights Big Band

One of the most popular big bands on the island for both concert and swing dance engagements. With its unique jazz sound, the Tropic Knights is considered a favorite for all generations to enjoy. The Tropic Knights was formed in 2014 and has been playing for military and community events alike

Appropriate Use: Community Concerts, Military Appreciation Events, Schools.
Number of Soldiers: 18 personnel + 1 production asset


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