The Band of the West (BOTW) is the ONLY SEA CADET BAND in the nation,
and is comprised of dedicated & talented musicians (11-21
years old) from
around the San Francisco Bay Area.
meet on Saturdays from 08:30-12:00noon at American Legion Post 105, Redwood City, CA.
Our performance band, THE ALPHA ENSEMBLE, plays unique &
meaningful performances for local, national and international audiences, comprising
approximately 10-15 performances per year which include SF Fleet Week, Navy Seals Tribute, Wreaths Across America, Veterans
and Memorial Day Ceremonies, USS San Francisco Memorials, and tributes to the
RCT and 101st
Airborne Division. Community
service hours are earned through our performances honoring veterans and those who serve. Our repertoire
includes marches, patriotic favorites, larger concert band works, contemporary
and jazz. For those still needing more musical foundation building and experience, we have a training band, THE BRAVO ENSEMBLE. All cadets receive weekly musical
instruction from a
team of professional musicians and instructors.
BOTW is a unit of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, a national youth program which develops skills in
leadership, musicianship, basic seamanship, courage, self-reliance, and discipline. Sea Cadets have
opportunities to attend trainings conducted nation-wide during the winter and summer breaks which are supported by the
US military —they can learn about career fields (e.g., cyber warfare, aviation, medicine, law, engineering, photo journalism, culinary arts to name a few)
to gain a better
perspective for possible career interests they may want to pursue into