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*Dates, Times & Activities *Parade Entries *Honored Service
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*Grand Marshal *Senior Ranking Officials *Concert Band
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Concert Band

The United States Air Force Band of the Golden West received its current name on 1 May 1997. However, the band's history dates back to 1941 and throughout the intervening decades it was known as "15th Air Force Band of the Golden West", "Air Mobility Command Band of the Golden West", "America's Band in Blue" and "504th Air Force Band of the Golden Gate".

The US Air Force Band of the Golden West has two proud parents: the 15th Air Force and the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD).

The "15th Air Force Band of the Golden West", originally called "The Air Force Band", was activated on 1 October 1941 at Scott Field, IL. In 1944, from Scott Field the band moved to Camp Shanks, NY before heading to war-torn Europe. The band was re-designated as the "523 Army Air Force Band" and stationed at Le Havre, France and Warton, England (1945). After the war, the band returned stateside to Camp Patrick Henry, VA, and was inactivated on 13 December 1945. On 26 September 1947, just 8 days after the creation of the United States Air Force as a separate branch of military service, the inactive band was re-designated the "523rd Air Force Band". On 1 December 1952, the band was placed under Strategic Air Command at March Air Force Base, CA. On 1 May 1965 it was assigned to 15th Air Force and became known as the "15th Air Force Band". In 1991 the band was officially re-designated as the "15th Air Force Band of the Golden West" and in 1994 it became known as the "Air Mobility Command Band of the Golden West", when it merged with "America's Band in Blue" at Travis AFB.

"America's Band in Blue" has its own unique history and heritage. In 1959, it comprised the Air Force component of the "NORAD Command Band". During this time, the band made numerous radio broadcasts and television appearances including the "Today Show", the "Tonight Show" and the "Dinah Shore Show". In 1979, the band was re-designated the "504th Air Force Band of the Golden Gate" and moved to Travis Air Force Base, CA. In 1991 it was re-designated as "America's Band in Blue". On 1 July 1994 the band was inactivated with all personnel and equipment reassigned to the "Air Mobility Command Band of the Golden West" at Travis Air Force Base, CA and becoming the only active duty Air Force band west of the Rockies. Changing its name to the "United States Air Force Band of the Golden West" on 1 May 1997, this 47-member organization continues to maintain its rich heritage of musical excellence and outstanding Air Force professionalism in over 250 annual performances throughout the western states of California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Nevada.