The Band of the Northeast regularly plays for audiences in a variety of public venues throughout Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia.
Before requesting an appearance by an ensemble of the Band of the Northeast, please review the information below.
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.
Air Force Bands provide a wide range of musical support for official Active Duty, Guard and Reserve unit military functions. Examples of these performances include: military ceremonies, base open houses, dining in/out, unit morale events, military recognition events, and military honors. These events promote esprit de corps, troop morale and quality of life initiatives.
Sponsors are invited to contact the Band of the Northeast for performance requests. Please print and fill out DD Form 2536, Request for Armed Forces Participation in Public Events (Non-Aviation) and submit to band via mail at 1-505 Adams St, Building 1-505, Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA 17003 or email the form and/or any questions to MSgt Clay Sattazahn.
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. A sponsor promotion guide with helpful information can be found here.
For more information and guidelines about band performance requests, please see the USAF Outreach Requests System.
The band's performance area covers the Northeast & Mid-Atlantic states of the United States. In addition to its home state of Pennsylvania, other states covered include Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia.
ANG Band of the Northeast (553rd Air Force Band)
1-505 Adams St
Fort Indiantown Gap
Annville, PA 17003
Phone (717) 861-1109
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