The Band of the Golden West plays for free all around the western United States. Their spokesperson said they hold live performances from the West Coast to the Rockies, and from the Canadian border to the Mexican border. They have four engagements in California scheduled during the month of October.
The performance did not just incorporate John Philip Sousa, although they did play a few of his rousing pieces. Their music selections varied from “The Girl from Ipanema” played mostly on a flugelhorn, to the Irish tune “Danny Boy,” to an operatic waltz from La Boheme. Their two operatic singers finished their part with a rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” accompanied by a ukelele.
It was great fun and again, it was free.
The USAF Band of the Golden West has a website and are also on Facebook and Twitter.
Of course there are other military bands serving other parts of the country, as well as around the world. A few of their web sites are
Note that most of these groups not only have concert bands, but also have sub-groups that hold their own events. The USAF Band of the Golden West includes a mobility band that “is an upbeat group of talented musicians bringing you rock, jazz and blues favorites, new and old.” They also have a Ceremonial Marching Band that “participates in official military ceremonies, military and civilian parades, and patriotic events for the general public.” They also have groups called the Golden West Winds, Travis Brass, the Commanders, the Blue Yonders, and the Wild West Winds.
Check the various websites to see if any military bands or ensembles will be performing in your area. You will not be disappointed.