Frontiers of Flight Museum presents the Air National Guard (ANG) Band of the Southwest on Friday, June 25!
Join us on June 25 at 3:00 p.m. for a Friday afternoon of amazing music and fun as we listen to the stellar performance of the ANG Band of the Southwest (531st Air Force Band). This patriotic, invigorating and moving concert will start your weekend off with a bang. This concert is offered free with general Museum admission. Veterans, Active Duty Military and Museum members receive Free Museum Admission.
About ANG Bands:
The Air National Guard Band of the Southwest, historically known as the 531st Air Force Band, has over a forty year history of sustaining the traditions and heritage that has become the hallmark of military bands. This forty member unit maintains a high degree of musical performance flexibility in order to accommodate a wide variety of tasks in support of official military functions and community relations programs.
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 5 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.