Military Band Summer Concert Schedule

Enjoy Free Music By U.S. Military Bands in Washington DC

U.S. Navy Band
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Washington, DC has enjoyed a tradition of live military band concerts since 1863. The Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force bands perform on alternating days throughout the summer. Concerts are free and no tickets are required. These performances honor those who have served our country and seek to inspire American patriotism. Read more about military bands. The following dates are for 2017.

U.S. Navy Band

The U.S. Navy Concert Band performs regularly on Monday evenings (8 p.m) on the west steps of the Capitol Building.

Audience members can sit on the steps and enjoy a view of the National Mall.

  • June 5, 12, 19, 26
  • July 10, 17, 24, 31
  • August  7, 14, 21, 28

The U.S. Navy Concert Band also performs on select Tuesday evenings (7:30 p.m) in the Concerts on the Avenue performance series at the Navy Memorial. The Concert on the Avenue is a joint concert with all of the units of the Navy Band, including the Sea Chanters, Commodores, Country Current, and Cruisers.

  • June 6, 13, 20, 27
  • July 4, 11, 18, 25
  • August 1, 8, 15, 22, 19

U.S. Air Force Band

The U.S. Air Force Concert Band performs regularly on Tuesday evenings (8 p.m) on the west steps of the Capitol Building. Audience members can sit on the steps and enjoy a view of the National Mall.​

  • June 6, 13, 20, 27
  • July 4, 11, 18, 25
  • August 1, 8, 15, 22, 19

The U.S. Air Force Concert Band performs regularly on Fridays evenings (8 p.m.) at the  Air Force Memorial.

  • June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • July 7, 14, 21, 28
  • August 4, 11,18, 25

The U.S. Air Force Concert Band performs regularly on Saturday evenings (7 p.m.) at National Harbor along the waterfront. 

  • May 27
  • June 3, 17, 24
  • July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
  • August 5, 12, 21, 26

U.S. Marine Band

The U.S. Marine Concert Band performs regularly on Wednesday evenings (8 p.m.) on the West Front of the Capitol Building.

 Audience members can sit on the steps and enjoy a view of the National Mall.

  • June 7, 14, 21, 28
  • July 5, 12, 19, 26 
  • August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

The U.S. Marine Concert Band performs regularly on  Friday evenings (8:45 p.m.) at the Marine Barracks Washington, 8th and I Streets, SE.

  • June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • July 7, 14, 21, 28
  • August 4, 11,18, 25

U.S. Army Band

The U.S. Marine Concert Band performs regularly on Friday evenings (8 p.m.) on the West Front of the Capitol Building. Audience members can sit on the steps and enjoy a view of the National Mall.

  • June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • July 7, 14, 21, 28
  • August 4, 11,18, 25

The U.S. Army Concert Band performs Twilight Tattoo  on Wednesday evenings (7 p.m.) at
Historic Fort Myer in Arlington, VA.  It is an hour-long military pageant that features The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, The U.S. Army Drill Team, The U.S. Army Blues, and members of The U.S. Army Band Downrange.

  • May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
  • June 7, 14, 21, 28
  • July 19, 26 (no performances on July 5 and 12)
  • August 2, 9

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