The U.S. Marine Corps will deactivate its Albany-based band, despite the group being named Marine Band of the Year for 2011.
Marine Corps officials said the bands stationed at bases in Albany and Twenty-nine Palms, Calif., are slated for deactivation, probably next year.
The U.S. Marine Corps Logistics Command's Albany Marine Band, formed in 1990, was named the 2011 Marine Band of the Year this week for the second time in two years. The band also was honored for best live recording of the year.
The Albany Herald reported that Lt. Kyle Thomas, spokesman for the Albany base, said the Marine Corps has had to draw down in several areas.
The band's website said it traveled more than 50,000 miles in 2008-2009 to fulfill commitments.