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“**Due to the uncertainty regarding COVID-19, the Air National Guard Band of the West Coast is approving public performances on a limited basis. We are evaluating all requests with the health and safety of both Airmen and audience members in mind**
The Air National Guard Band of the West Coast provides a wide spectrum of musical support for events that enhance the morale, motivation, and esprit de corps of our Airmen, foster public trust and support, aid recruiting initiatives, and promote our national interests at home and abroad. We serve the following states in our area of responsibility: California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming.
The Air National Guard Band of the West Coast traces its history to October 1941, with the formation of the 62nd Army Air Force Band in Augusta, Georgia. The band is composed of citizen-airmen whose civilian occupations range from professional musicians and music educators to computer programmers, accountants, engineers, and law enforcement officers.
Under the command of Major Vu Nguyen, band members meet two days a month to rehearse and perform. They also participate in an annual two-week summer tour. During the annual tour, the band functions as an active-duty band, rehearsing, traveling, and performing. Past tours have included performances in Alaska, Australia, British Columbia, the Dominican Republic, Hawaii, New York, Florida, and throughout the state of California.
As musical ambassadors, the Air National Guard Band of the West Coast is proud to represent the State of California, the Air National Guard, and the United States Air Force.”
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.
The Air National Guard Band of the West Coast
562nd Air Force Band
107 Mulcahey Drive
Port Hueneme, CA 93041-4013
Phone: (805) 986-7880
E-mail the Band Superintendent
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