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US Naval Sea Cadet Corps Band of the West
Music Is Our Mission

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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.  

We 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 storied 442nd 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 adulthood.  

Our mission is to HONOR 

our veterans, military personnel 

& their families, 

          with our gift of music