Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee were among the list of dignitaries at this year’s 16th Annual Buffalo Soldiers National Museum Gala. Both Turner and Lee presented proclamations in recognition of the distinguished, heroic and rich history that represents the Buffalo Soldiers – “Ready and Forward.”
The gala, held at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum in Houston, Texas, drew a packed house of attendees. Presiding over the night’s festivities was FOX 26 news anchor, Jose Grinan.
This year’s focus was on “Honoring our Military Musicians.” Following an excellent “History of Military Music” by KHOU- 11 reporter, Rucks Russell, the cadence of military music continued throughout the evening. The high point of the gala was realized with the special recognition of Chief Warrant Officer 3 (CWO3) Louis C. Wells Sr.
CWO3 Wells, Sr. is a military trail blazer who in 1946 broke lots of color barriers on the way to becoming the U.S. Army’s first African-American bandmaster. Among his many firsts, “he was the first African American trombonist assigned to the all-white 2nd Armored Division Band. Invariably Wells became the first Commanding Officer and Bandmaster of the 26th Army Band.” His 32 years of military service was comprised of numerous awards, distinguished recognitions and commendations.
Following active duty service, Mr. Wells, Sr. took on duties as the Senior Army JROTC Instructor for Fair Park High School, Shreveport, La. He is founder and director of the Shreveport Regional Wind/Jazz Ensemble, member of the executive board of the local Musician Union and Director of Performing Arts at Paradise Baptist Church.
The end to a truly amazing night was brought to a crescendo by CWO3 Wells, Sr. who directed a mini orchestra in playing a medley of all of the military services theme songs.
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