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The United States Air Force Band presents more than 2,000 performances each year providing music for official military functions and ceremonies as well as civic events and public concerts. If you represent an organization seeking support from The Air Force Band or wish to sponsor a public concert, please read the guidelines on this page.

Public Performances and Civic Events

The United States Air Force Band may perform for public and civic events (including those that are commercially sponsored) if the event is of general interest or benefit to a local, state or national community.

The Band may not participate in events that are designed to increase business traffic, raise charitable donations or are associated with a religious or ideological movement, such as a Christmas parade, worship service or political gathering.

The Band 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, the 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, the 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, the 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.

Requesting Local Support

The Military District of Washington (MDW) coordinates requests for military service band appearances at public events and non-Air Force, official military and federal government functions within the National Capital Region. For further assistance for requests within the MDW, please contact the MDW at 202-685-4990 or 202-685-0445 or via the MDW ceremonial request website at: http://www.army.mil/comrel/assetrequests/

Requests should be submitted a minimum of 60 days before an event, although a greater lead time is desirable. The review process can take four or more weeks.

Federal agencies should complete the DD Form 2536 and fax with a cover letter on organizational letterhead to:

U.S. Army Military District of Washington

ATTN: Ceremonial and Special Events Office
103 Third Ave (Bldg 42)
Fort McNair, D.C. 20319-5058
(202) 685-2509/0445
FAX: (202) 685-3379

Non-federal organizations should contact:

U.S. Army Military District of Washington
ATTN: Community Relations Branch
210 A Street, Suite 200 (Bldg 32)
Fort McNair, Washington DC 20319-5058
(202) 685-4990/1072
FAX: (202) 685-1999

Questions can be directed to our scheduling office at (202) 767-9253 or by email - usaf.jbanafw.afdw-staff.mbx.usaf-band-scheduling@mail.mil

Sponsor Request Forms

Tour Sponsorship

Please contact usaf.jbanafw.afdw-staff.mbx.usaf-band-band-tours@mail.mil if you are interested hosting the USAF Band at your suitable venue on one of our upcoming tours.

Downloadable Request Form Online
This Band request form is a copy of the DD form 2536 that provides us the information we require from all sponsors to request military Honor Guard and Band support. Please complete the letter by filling in the required information. If you need help or have any questions, please email us, or call (202) 767-9253.

You may return the completed letter by e-mail to usaf.jbanafw.afdw-staff.mbx.usaf-band-scheduling@mail.mil,
or fax it to (202) 767-2801 or DSN 297-2801.

Request Form

Fill out this DD Form 2536 and email to the Air Force Band Scheduler: usaf.jbanafw.afdw-staff.mbx.usaf-band-scheduling@mail.mil


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Authorized Venue

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.

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.