Woody Herman inherited the Isham Jones Orchestra in New York City in 1936. The history of the following band evolution can be structured in the following way:
1936 - 1944: "The Band That Plays the Blues"
1944 - 1946: Woody Herman & The First Herd
1947 - 1950: Woody Herman & The Second Herd
1950 - 1958: Woody Herman And His Third Herd
1960 and later: Woody Herman And The Fourth Herd, Woody Herman And The Swingin' Herd, Woody Herman And The Thundering Herd and some of their variants