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ANG Band of the Northeast 
(553rd Air Force Band) 
1505 Adams St
Building 505
Fort Indiantown Gap
Annville, PA 17003
 
Phone (717) 861-1109
E-mail

Sponsoring the Band of the Northeast for an Appearance

Band of the NortheastThe Band of the Northeast regularly plays for public concert venues in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia.  If you would like to request an appearance of the Band of the Northeast or one of its ensembles, please review the information below.

 

  

 

Public & Civic Events

Air Force Bands may perform for public and civic events if the event is of general interest or benefit to a local, state or national community. However, Bands may not participate in events that are commercially sponsored; are designed to increase business traffic or raise charitable donations; or are associated with a religious or ideological movement, such as a Christmas parade, beauty pageant or political gathering. A religious facility is an authorized site for a public concert when the event is of community-wide interest, non-sectarian, and broadly promoted.  Air Force Band concerts must not be part of a religious service.  An Air Force Band performance in a religious facility does not imply federal endorsement of any particular religion or ideology.  With the exception of concert tour performances, requestors may be required to fund a Band's travel, lodging and per diem expenses for performances outside of their geographical area of responsibility.

Air Force Bands may perform for a wide variety of public and civic events. However, these performances generally fall into one of two categories.

Patriotic openers, approximately 15 to 20 minutes in length, serve to initiate the formal portion of a military, civic or governmental event. In this setting, a Band may perform a program of military and patriotic selections prior to the formal presentation of the Colors. The musical program must include the national anthem unless the ceremony includes a recital of the Pledge of Allegiance. During patriotic openers, a Band may not provide music for entertainment, such as dancing music, cocktail and dinner music or concert and show music.

Public concerts in a traditional concert hall, outdoor venue or parade must be free and open to the public. However, a Band may perform at fairs, exhibitions and similar events with admission fees if the performance is incidental to the primary event, and no additional fee is charged to hear the Band play.

Official Military Functions

Air Force Bands provide a wide range of musical support for official active duty, Guard and Reserve unit military functions. Examples include: military ceremonies, base open houses, dinings in/out, unit morale events, military recognition events, and military honors. These events promote esprit de corps, troop morale and quality of life initiatives.

For more information, contact your local band or call (703) 695-0019; DSN 225-0019.

Sponsor Information

Sponsors are invited to contact the Band of the Northeast for performance requests.  Please download and fill out the following form DD Form 2536, Request for Armed Forces Participation in Public Events (Non-Aviation). 

Send the form to the band via mail at 1505 Adams St, Building 1-505, Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA 17003 or email the form and/or any questions to MSgt Joshua Fickes.  Sponsors should submit their request to the band at least 90 days before the event, but please contact us as early as possible.  Event and concert tour planning may begin as early as a year in advance.

For more information and guidelines about band performance requests, please see the USAF Outreach Requests System.

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Performance Area

The Air National Guard Band of the Northeast's performance area covers the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states of the United States.  See the map below.
Band of the Northeast Performance Area

To see if the Band of the Northeast is going to be making an appearance near you, please visit our Appearances page.  The Appearance calendar will be updated as new information becomes available, so please visit the site regularly.