94.3 The Dude’s highlighted soldier of the week: Chief Tom Bauer of the 282 Army Band

94.3 The Dude’s Soldier Salute host Don Sornson conducts a weekly interview with a local member of the Armed Forces. The current soldier of the week is Chief Tom Bauer, of the 282 Army Band. This is a preview of Sornson's interview with CW3 Bauer.

CW3 Tom Bauer. Photo provided.

This week on the Soldier Salute we get to know Chief Tom Bauer of the 282nd US Army Band. Chief Bauer is a native of Clemson, where he joined the US Army in 1996. Bauer had the intention of serving four years to earn some money for college but with his newfound love of his service and the promise of getting paid to live in Germany, he soon found himself in a lifelong career. Bauer became a Warrant Officer 10 years ago and is currently the commander of the 282nd Army Band at Ft Jackson.

The army band is a unique branch of the Army. Unlike other positions in the military where you can enter with little or no knowledge of the task you will be performing, the band requires you to try out for your job before you join.

“We enter the Army under what is called the Civilian Acquired Skills Program (CASP). You have to show that you have the skills,” Bauer said. “The military’s not going to show you how to use your individual instrument.”

Anyone that’s interested in catching a performance by the Army Band has a great opportunity to hear them in concert Sunday, November 11, at 5 p.m. when they perform at the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Columbia.

“We’re not playing any Souza. This is more to mark the signing of the Armistice. We’re going to be playing a variety of classical music,” he said. “The selections we’ll be playing are tied to World War I and World War II because it’s crucial that we mark such a pivotal event and the cause and effect that it’s had.”

During the interview Chief Bauer discusses the bands role in wartime, some of the effects he’s seen music have on soldiers in battle areas, and how music can impact a person’s mental health. Be sure to tune in to the Soldier Salute!

Categories: Columbia, Military, Richland County