he United States Air Force Band is one of the most respected, versatile and accomplished musical organizations in the world. From its humble beginnings with only three enlisted musicians assigned on October 6, 1941, to today's 179-member premier musical organization, The U.S. Air Force Band continues the tradition of representing the United States Air Force and its over 400,000 dedicated Active Duty and Air National Guard members, to a global audience.
The Air Force Band started off as one of fifty-nine "Air Force Bands" activated on October 1, 1941. Between 1941 and 1945, The Band auditioned over 1,500 applicants and recruited musicians from 32 major symphony orchestras and 38 famous dance bands. The Band's unsurpassed professionalism, extreme versatility, and location at the Headquarters for the Army Air Forces quickly earned The Band the designation as "The Official Band of the Army Air Forces."