Public & Civic Events
The Navy Bands program offers a variety of entertainment options for your event, ranging from large ceremonial bands to smaller ensembles.
Navy Bands may perform for public and civic events if the event is of general interest or benefit to a local, state or national community. However, bands may not participate in events that are commercially sponsored; are designed to increase business traffic or raise charitable donations; or are associated with a religious or ideological movement, such as a Christmas parade, beauty pageant or political gathering.
Requestors may be required to fund a Band's travel, lodging and per diem expenses for performances outside of their geographical area of responsibility.
Requests can be made by following the directions below and submitting a DD 2536 form.
Navy Bands can support a wide variety of public and civic events but the performance type generally falls into one of two categories.
Approximately 15 to 20 minutes in length, serve to initiate the formal portion of a military, civic or governmental event. In this setting, a band may perform a program of military and patriotic selections prior to the formal presentation of the Colors. The musical program must include the national anthem unless the ceremony includes a recital of the Pledge of Allegiance. During patriotic openers, a Band may not provide music for entertainment, such as dancing music, cocktail and dinner music or concert and show music.
In a traditional concert hall, outdoor venue or parade must be free and open to the public. However, a Band may perform at fairs, exhibitions and similar events with admission fees if the performance is incidental to the primary event, and no additional fee is charged to hear the Band play
A general list of things to consider when making a request.
- must be free & open to the public.
- that support any type of fundraising are not eligible.
- where performances may give the appearance of U.S. Navy endorsement of a commercial establishment, religious or political cause, are not eligible.
- that require travel outside of a bands region, sponsors are required to pay all associated costs.
- may only have have one military band perform (an Air Force band and Navy band cannot play at the same event).
- where bands are requested to provide entertainment, background, dinner, dance or other social music that would be in competition with the customary or regular employment of local musicians, are not eligible.
Requests must be made no later than 30 days prior to an event to receive consideration.
Bands Regional Coverage Area
Click an area of the map to see a list of available bands in that region.
Submit a Band Request
Use DD Form 2536 - Request for Military Support in Public Events (non-aviation).
Process for requesting a Navy band
Send completed DD Form 2536 to email@example.com .
Once received, we will review your request to determine whether regulations permit a Navy band to support the event.
If the event is approved, we will forward your request to the regional band in your area for further coordination.
If the request is denied, you will receive an email to notify you/your organization an explanation why it was denied.
For questions about the eligibility of a specific event, please contact our band support officer or see or FAQs here.
Coordination with Band
If approved, a representative from the band will reach out to you for coordination. Please note that even though a request may be approved by the Navy, it is not confirmation of participation in your event.
Please understand that events are covered based on availability of the unit to participate and will only be authorized when such support does not interfere with mission or training programs.
In all cases, operational commitments take priority and can cause previously scheduled appearances to be cancelled. It is the Sponsor’s responsibility to coordinate and keep a dialogue with the unit to ensure that circumstances don’t change and the unit is still able to attend the event in the days prior to your event.
Request for Ceremonial Support
Submit a DD Form 2536 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Community and civic organizations may request ceremonial support from the Navy for to render military honors at appropriate events.
This traditional formation adds dignity to any military-related activity, parade, or civic event by showing respect to our Nation and those who have served.
To have your event considered, please fill out a Request for Military Support in Public Events (non-aviation) DD Form 2536 and send it to 30 to 90 days before your event.