A virtual museum of the base doesn’t mention its band.
Joseph D. Brown, who played trombone with Fess Williams and then McKinney’s Cotton Pickers, joined the Navy in Chicago, where he was a member of Local 208 musicians union, the union for African American music He was deployed to Grosse Ile in August 1942.
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Hayes, Bob. “Here and There.” Chicago Defender 29 Aug. 1942: 23.