Army Bands

Antonio V. Campos

By Alyssa Armentrout

When an officer interrupted training to ask, "Does anybody here play the trumpet?" Antonio Campos stepped up and raised his hand.

"I play the trumpet," he replied. Campos ended up getting assigned to one of nearly 500 Army bands that served during World War II.

He performed for the troops and played at Army dances in places like Italy and Egypt. He was the only Latino in his band.

Born on March 26, 1910, Campos was raised in Mexico as an only child. His mother kept house and his father was a farmer, enjoyed playing the violin.

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