Know Your Military

Guide to U.S. Military Bands and Music

Sept. 14, 2018

Whether you like jazz music, a marching band or orchestra music, the U.S. military has you covered. Each branch of the military boasts a diverse offering of musical talent that serves for ceremonial purposes but also for entertainment and outreach. Check out these bands to stay in tune with military music. 

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Performing worldwide, Air Force musicians honor, inspire and connect with more than six million listeners at live and televised events each year.
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A band performs.
Army Japan Band
Soldiers from the U.S. Army Japan Band perform at Mahoroba Hall, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, Sept. 9, 2018. The USARJ band was on tour and plays a variety of bebop, jazz and big band classics during events. Navy Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew P. Holmes
Photo By: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew P. Holmes
VIRIN: 180908-N-ZH960-2058B
Army bands play a variety of music styles to inspire soldiers, foster the support of citizens and promote national interests at home and abroad.
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Founded by Congress in 1798, the Marine Band is America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization. Today, “The President’s Own” is celebrated for its role at the White House and its dynamic public performances, which total more than 500 annually.
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Navy Seaman Crissy Villalva sings during a free concert in Times Square as part of Fleet Week New York in New York City, May 26, 2017. Villalva is a musician assigned to the Navy Band Northeast’s Rhode Island Sound. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Charles Oki
Singing Sailor
Navy Seaman Crissy Villalva sings during a free concert in Times Square as part of Fleet Week New York in New York City, May 26, 2017. Villalva is a musician assigned to the Navy Band Northeast’s Rhode Island Sound. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Charles Oki
Photo By: Petty Officer 2nd Class Charles Oki
VIRIN: 170526-N-SF508-024A
The United States Navy Band is the premier musical organization of the Navy. Comprised of six primary performing groups as well as a host of smaller ensembles, "The World's Finest" is capable of playing any style of music in any setting.
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A row of musicians hold their instruments.
Coast Guard Band
The Coast Guard Band performs during its 12-day national tour, Greenwood, Del., June 7, 2018. The 55-member band is touring the Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic region May 30 to June 10, 2018, to promote the work of the men and women in the Coast Guard and serve as a bridge between the service and the American people. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lisa Ferdinando
Photo By: Petty Officer 2nd Class Lisa Ferdinando
VIRIN: 180607-G-BN624-060
The United States Coast Guard Band is the premier band representing the Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security. The 55-member ensemble has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the nation including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.