ANG Band of the Southwest

Welcome to the Band of the Gulf Coast

Welcome to the official public Web site of the Air National Guard Band of the Southwest (531st Air Force Band). We support the global Air Force, including Air National Guard missions, by fostering patriotism and providing musical services for the military community as well as the general public. We perform for audiences all over the world, although we primarily serve communities throughout Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

About ANGB

Air National Guard Bands are the active duty band's counterparts in the Air National Guard. ANG musicians are part-time guard members with full-time civilian careers. They rehearse and perform one weekend a month and perform an annual concert tour. ANG bands are a perfect opportunity for musicians who wish to serve their country on a part-time basis. There are 11 ANG bands located throughout the Continental United States. Each band is responsible for supporting ANG units in a multi-state area of responsibility. Their locations and areas of responsibilities can be found below.

Air National Guard bands support the global Air Force and Air National Guard missions by providing musical products and services to the ANG, the USAF, and the community. They produce programs to maintain the morale and esprit de corps of military members, assist in recruiting programs, and provide community relations programs in communities throughout the United States and on international tours. 

ANG bands enjoy a rich history of service to the Air Force. Most were constituted as active duty bands in the Army Air Corps during World War II. They were deactivated and re-designated as ANG bands in the early days of the Air Force. ANG bands belong to a state's National Guard. The Governor is Commander-in-Chief and the Adjutant General supervises band operations to ensure that performances are spread equitably throughout the band's area of responsibility. 

Air National Guard bands cover a multi-state geographic region. ANG bands meet two days per month and tour two weeks per year in support of community relations, troop morale and esprit de corps, ceremonies, and recruiting.

Other ANGB

ANG Band of the Central States
(571st Air Force Band)
Area: KS, MO, NE, SD

ANG Band of the Great Lakes

(555th Air Force Band)
Area: IN, MI, OH, WV

ANG Band of the Mid-Atlantic
(553rd Air Force Band)
Area: DE, MD, Western NY, NJ, PA

ANG Band of the Midwest
(566th Air Force Band)
Area: IA, IL, MN, WI

ANG Band of the Northeast
(567th Air Force Band)
Area: CT, MA, ME, NH, Eastern NY, RI, VT

ANG Band of the Northwest

(560th Air Force Band)
Area: ID, MT, ND, OR, WA

ANG Band of the Smoky Mountains
(572nd Air Force Band)
Area: AR, KY, MS, TN, VA

ANG Band of the South
(530th Air Force Band)
Area: AL, FL, GA, NC, SC

ANG Band of the Southwest

(562nd Air Force Band)
Area: AZ, Southern CA, CO

ANG Band of the West Coast

(561st Air Force Band)
Area: Northern CA, NV, UT, WY