Lawrence and Douglas County

Lawrence and Douglas county

Lawrence musician balances Army, civilian careers

April 29, 2014

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Specialist Jeff Bubb is an Army Reserve Soldier serving in the 312th Army Band in Lawrence.

Specialist Jeff Bubb is an Army Reserve Soldier serving in the 312th Army Band in Lawrence.

Specialist Jeff Bubb is an Army Reserve Soldier serving in the 312th Army Band in Lawrence. Bubb joined the Army and trained as an Army musician in 2010, serving first three years with the historic 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, Ky.

His Army career has included some memorable moments.

“I played for Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Ray Odierno at Fort Campbell for a Silver Star ceremony and for General David Petraeus for a retiring Command Sergeant Major who served with him during his time as a commander,” Bubb said.

Bubb’s concerts have included performing for deploying soldiers and their families, Air Assault School graduations, Veterans Day and Memorial Day, Christmas and welcome-home celebrations. After serving the active-duty, Bubb put on an Army Reserve shoulder patch.

Bubb joined the Reserves in Lawrence to continue performing with an Army concert band, to travel in the Reserves and to stay in good physical shape. Today, he is a 42R (Romeo) tuba and French horn player with the 312th, but when he takes of the uniform he teaches private lessons in his civilian time. He also enjoys playing during Kansas University Band Day, local parades and civic events.

Bubb enjoys music so much he is also a full-time music student studying to be a middle school band director.

“Being in the Reserves gives me the discipline to be a good student,” said Bubb, who is working on a second bachelor’s degree at the University of Missouri Kansas City using the Selective Reserve GI Bill.

The 312th Army Band has traveled to Hawaii and is planning to have a summer camp in Germany.

“The Reserve career attracts musicians, band directors and band teachers in Douglas County,” Bubb said, adding that he plans to stay in the Army Reserves while he pursues his dual-track career.

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