746th FEAF in the media
Episode 44 Jason Burt: Jason Burt is a historian and teacher from West Sacramento, California. His grandfather, Richard Burt, was the lead trumpet player of the 746th Far East Air Force Band that was stationed in the Philippines, during World War II. From Leyte to Luzon, they played music for service members, civilians, generals, and dignitaries - at times, right on the front line with fighting going on directly behind them. But one of the most unique things they did was to record the only known full-length album by a Front Line band unit during World War II and it was created in their performance tent with limited equipment. Jason worked with sound engineers at Lurssen Mastering, who have 5 GRAMMY awards between them and the original album was digitalized, cleaned up and mastered. It's a fascinating story with an inside glimpse of a time long past.
Episode 132 The 746th Far East Air Force Band:
Richard Burt was part of the the 746th Far East Air Force Band, based in the Philippines. At the end of WWII just before the band were to split up, using a single microphone they recorded a final performance to magnetic wire. Richard Burt brought these recordings home and had them transferred to 78rpm discs. Burt squirrelled away these discs and were largely forgotten until they were rediscovered after he passed away. In this episode I’m talking to Historian Jason Burt about his grandfather Richard Burt.
Frontlines of Freedom is a nationally broadcast military news & talk radio show designed to address and discuss the most pressing issues facing our armed forces, veterans and their families. It is hosted by Lt. Col. Denny Gillem, U.S. Army (Retired), a West Point graduate and highly decorated combat veteran who also served as a Mideast War Planner during his 22 years on active duty. In episode 669, historian Jason Burt is interviewed about the 746th FEAF, during the first segment of the second hour....HOOAH!
Episode 599 Band Of Brothers: During World War II, Salt Lake City native Richard Burt, who would later get his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music from Drake University, was stationed in the Philippines as a member of the 746th Far East Air Force Band. As his hitch ended, Burt asked his commanding officer for the wire recordings the ensemble had made. More than seventy-five years later, Richard’s grandson, historian Jason Burt, has worked to clean up and release the recordings. We talk with Jason about how the project came together and get to hear a couple of songs from their album made in the Pacific, “Sentimental Journey.”
Episode 26 Remembering Our Heroes: When historian Jason Burt found the recordings in his late grandfather’s attic, he thought they might belong in a World War II museum gift shop. His grandfather, Richard Burt, was a Juilliard-trained musician; before becoming a music teacher in West Sacramento, he volunteered his talents as the lead trumpet player of the 746th Air Force Band. Quite the storyteller, he often spoke of his time with the band, and his experience of being stationed in the Philippines during World War II. In this episode, Jason shares his background, education, and his journey to make his Grandpa and the 746th Air Force Band go platinum.