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Mission

Air Force bands support the global Air Force mission in war and peace by fostering our national heritage and by providing professional musical products and services for official military, recruiting and community relations events. They provide military and patriotic music for official military and government activities such as ceremonies, formations and parades. They also provide an essential element in maintaining troop morale, retention and recruiting efforts.

Bands play a key role in cultivating positive relations with many communities interacting with Air Force units. In addition, bands enhance public relations efforts with those communities outside the local areas of our military installations. In public concerts, parades and ceremonies, Air Force bands keep alive and enrich American musical heritage while projecting the Air Force image.

Organization

Air Force bands are classified as premier bands and regional bands. There are two premier bands -- The United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C., and the United States Air Force Band of the Rockies in Colorado Springs, Colo. Ten regional bands are found at eight locations in the continental United States and operate from four locations overseas (Germany, Japan, Alaska and Hawaii). In addition, there are 11 Air National Guard bands at various locations throughout the United States.

Bands are organized so that they may be subdivided into several smaller musical units capable of performing autonomously. The number, size and musical capabilities of these groups depend on the overall size of the band and the local or regional needs. Examples of performing units that support the band mission are:

Concert Band -- Performs concert, patriotic and popular entertainment music at high school, college, university and civic concerts.

Marching or Ceremonial Band -- Performs military marching and patriotic music at civic and military ceremonies or parades.

Jazz/Show Band -- Performs traditional "big band" and contemporary music in high schools, colleges, civic concerts and festivals.

Popular Music Ensemble -- Performs a variety of popular music to include rock, Top 40, country and "oldies" for recruiting, community concerts and authorized official functions.

Chamber Ensemble -- Performs a variety of music using different instrumentation in concert settings for both military and civilian audiences.

Protocol Combo -- Performs background, dinner and dance music for official military social functions.

Individual Musicians -- Buglers for funerals, solo vocalists, pianists or other instrumentalists may perform for official functions or ceremonies.

History

Bands have grown from a very humble beginning to worldwide status. The 14 members of the first known "air force" band set foot on French soil in September 1917, carrying instruments purchased from their lieutenant's personal funds. The commander of the 36th Aeronautics Squadron, to which they were assigned, was so impressed with his musicians that he petitioned the American Red Cross in Paris to help find more instruments, and increased the band's size.

Bands have come a long way since then. Throughout World War II, the bands of the Army Air Corps contributed significantly in supporting the morale of our troops. When the Air Force became a separate service in 1947, Air Corps bands also transferred to the young Air Force. Since then, bands have continued to inspire esprit de corps in our airmen, patriotism in our citizenry, and admiration and respect from people of all nations.

With a legacy rooted in our American heritage, Air Force bands are attuned to the most current requirements and technology of the coming 21st century.

Air Force Bands and Geographic Areas

No assigned area (coordinate with SAF/PAC)
THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND
201 McChord St.
Bolling AFB DC 20332-0202

Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, CONUS (coordinate with SAF/PAC)
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF THE ROCKIES
520 Otis St.
Peterson AFB CO 80914-1620

Connecticut, Massachsetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF LIBERTY
25 Chennault St
Hanscom AFB MA 01731-1718

Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF THE WEST
1680 Barnes Ave
Lackland AFB TX 78236-5500

Delaware, Eastern Maryland, Eastern Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New Jersey, South Carolina, Virginia
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE HERITAGE OF AMERICA BAND
86 Hickory St
Langley AFB VA 23665-2192

Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE HEARTLAND OF AMERICA BAND
109 Washington Square Ste 111
Offutt AFB NE 68113-2126

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee
BAND OF THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE RESERVE
550 Allentown Rd Bldg 763
Robins AFB GA 31098-2252

Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF MID-AMERICA
900 Chapman Dr
Scott AFB IL 62225-5115

California, Oregon, Washington
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF THE GOLDEN WEST
271 Dixon Ave
Travis AFB CA 94535-2867

Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Western Maryland, Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF FLIGHT
3920 Lear St
Wright Patterson AFB OH 45433-5721

Europe, North Africa and Middle East as directed by USEUCOM and defined in the Foreign Clearance Guide
THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCES IN EUROPE BAND
Unit 3315
APO AE 09136-5000

Alaska, PACAF as appropriate
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF THE PACIFIC
4810 F St
Elmendorf AFB AK 99506-2380

Japan, PACAF as appropriate
*UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF THE PACIFIC-ASIA, DET 1
Unit 5075
APO AP 96328-5000

Hawaii, PACAF as appropriate
*UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF THE PACIFIC-HAWAII (OL-A)
340 Kuntz Ave
Hickam AFB HI 96853-5399

*Named activities of the United States Air Force Band of the Pacific at geographically separated locations. Official designations are Det 1 and OL-A.

POINT OF CONTACT FOR SCHEDULING AIR FORCE BANDS

Bands are located geographically to provide maximum area coverage. For information on scheduling and use of Air Force bands, contact: Air Force Bands and Music Programs, SAF/PAB, 1690 Air Force Pentagon, Washington DC 20330-1690, DSN 225-0019 or commercial (703) 695-0019.

Above Information Courtesy of United States Air Force

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