My late father, Chief Warrant Officer Gregorio A. Diaz, was the bandmaster of the 6th Cavalry Band

In your excellent web page about the Visiting American Troops the following reference is made to the Third Army Band (as it was widely, if unofficially, known):
“General George S. Patton carried out an informal inspection tour of the U.S. troops in Northern Ireland at this time, and was guest-of-honour at a dance in Tandragee Castle. He commented how much he enjoyed the 6th Cavalry band playing at the event, and perhaps not surprisingly, a short time later the band was transferred and became the 61st Army Ground Forces Band.”

My late father, Chief Warrant Officer Gregorio A. Diaz, was the bandmaster of the 6th Cavalry Band, and subsequently of the 61st AGF Band. I have attached a photograph of him taken in 1945.
The attached photographs from my father’s war scrapbook may be of some interest to you. I believe that he may have taken these himself, but I can’t be sure. In any case, the inscriptions (in his handwriting) were on each photograph:

It also so happens that a march that my father wrote and dedicated in 1945 to the Third Army was resurrected by a very diligent Army researcher, Lawrence Devron. This past summer the march was played for the first known time since 1945, and recorded by the U.S. Army Ceremonial Band.


“Third Army March” was composed in 1945 by Bandmaster CWO Gregorio A. Diaz and “Respectfully dedicated to Lt. Gen. George S. Patton, Jr., and the gallant officers and Men of the Third U.S. Army”. After almost 70 years the march was finally recorded for the first time in November 2013 by The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” 

I hope these are of some interest to you.

Best regards,

Gregory T. (“Tom”) Diaz