WWI Commission Sponsors 369th Experience on USS Intrepid

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NEW YORK, NY: The U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, along with the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex, are proud to sponsor performances by the 369th EXPERIENCE during the Memorial Day Weekend.

The 369th Experience is a historic series of national and international programs and musical events depicting the African American and Puerto Rican experience in World War I through the eyes and ears of the 369th U.S. Infantry Regiment. Specific information on the project can be found here.

During World War I, the soldiers of the New York Army National Guard’s 369th U.S. Infantry Regiment were also known as the “Harlem Hellfighters”. They confronted racism while they trained for war, and they fought ferociously in the trenches of France, though some of the most brutal combat, in some of the most important battles, of the entire war.

The 369th famously had, as part of their unit, a regimental military band that was made up of some of the most influential & talented musicians of their day. These musicians included jazz music pioneers — and their military band became legendary for their unique sound, and their warm reception by the people of the war-torn regions. The band’s syncopation was groundbreaking, under band leader, Major James Reese Europe. These musicians literally introduced French listeners to American jazz music, and ushered in the Jazz Age.

Carrying on their legacy, the modern-day musicians of the 369th Experience are talented college students from around the country. They were recruited to create a reenactment-band consisting of African American and Puerto Rican male students, from HBCUs — Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Their goal is to perform and highlight the original band’s music at World War I centennial celebrations.

WE INVITE THE PUBLIC to join us on Memorial Day Weekend — and to enjoy the classical Jazz stylings of the 369th regimental band as a part of New York City’s annual “Fleet Week” Celebrations.


Sunday, May 27th, 2018 at 1:00 pm on the Flight Deck
Monday May 28, 2018 at 1:30pm on the Flight Deck & 3:30 pm on the pier.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex
1 Intrepid Square, 12th Avenue & 46th Street
New York, NY 10036,