Goroskop Maia 2012
People The Band Morale Boosters
“Morale-building was our main thing”

The 378th Army Service Forces Band at Fort Slocum in 1942.



We were called out for different types of duties. One of them was to go into New York to the ports and play music while these kids were going overseas. We did that a lot. We did a lot of bond selling. Morale-building was our main thing.”


-Zoltan (Zip) Zantay, clarinetist who served at Fort Slocum from 1942 to 1945

(interviewed 2008)




I guess the responsibilities of that band gradually grew to the point where all of our work was practically in New York City. And that was doing music for films for public instruction and doing films for education of different soldiers and soldier groups; making all kinds of recordings down at RCA Victor for the service.”


-Ray Crisara, trumpeter stationed at Fort Slocum from 1943 to 1945

(interviewed 2008)