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

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Weekly Music Instruction & Rehearsal

Instructor John Evans serves as Band Officer, and is a professional tuba player as well as respected music instructor in the SF Bay Area for the past 20 years.  He earned a BM-Performance (tuba) from Indiana University School of Music and an MA in Music from San Jose State University.  Instructor Evans challenges our cadets & encourages them to learn and perform a wide range and quality of music while making the experience fun and rewarding.


The BOTW music instruction team consists of guest conductors, music clinicians and music librarians.  Thanks to generous donations from the Captain Steven Gin Music Memorial Fund, the BOTW continues to build its music library representing a variety of styles of music including marches, military calls, American standards, big band, and jazz.

There are 2 bands in the BOTW.  The ALPHA ENSEMBLE serves as our performing band while the BRAVO ENSEMBLE is our training band.

"The students in BOTW are always much more focused and disciplined that my average student. Additionally, they are outstanding leaders who take initiative to ensure the success of other students (without me having to ask them to do so). It is clear that they share a passion for music and the hard work that it takes to be successful in our craft. "

-Troy Davis
Director of Bands, Aragon High School in San Mateo, CA

Music Training

The Band of the West has opportunity to hold training drills and/or held joint performances with the professional service bands from the military branches 

The BOTW trains with:

  • US Navy Band
  • US Naval Academy Band
  • US Pacific Fleet Band
  • Navy Band Southwest
  • Marine Corps Recruit Depot Band, San Diego
  • The 191st Army Reserve Band

The BOTW has proudly performed with:

  • US Pacific Fleet Band
  • USAF Band of the Golden West
  • 191st Army Reserve Band

"I learned so much from training with the U.S. Pacific Fleet Band. Not only did I grow musically, but I learned how they organize to improve the overall sound and style. I have so many new ideas for my section back home. I'm excited to teach everyone else what I learned and use that knowledge to improve our band's appearance and sound"

-SA Maya Wyr, USNSCC BOTW cadet

Meaningful Performances

Each year, the BOTW is called upon to play in 10-15 performances ranging from VIP private parties to large public events attended by thousands.

Annual performances include:

  • SF Fleet Week
  • Golden Gate Nat'l Cemetery- Memorial            & Veterans Day
  • Navy Seal Foundation Navy Seals Tribute
  • USS San Francisco Memorial Ceremony at Lands End
  • Armed Forces Day honoring the 442nd RCT
  • Redwood City's 4th of July parade

Notable past performances include:

  • Commissioning Ceremony of the USS John Finn, Pearl Harbor, 2017
  • 70th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor at USS Arizona Memorial
  • National World War II Memorial
  • US Navy Memorial
  • Armed Forces Retirement Home,      WAS DC
  • Livermore VA Hospital
  • US Navy League National Convention
  • Aboard USS Jeremiah O'Brien escorting the USS Iowa
  • Scottish Highland Games & Gathering
  • Marines Memorial Hotel private functions

Our trumpet players also have opportunities to serve as bugler for:
  • The Port Chicago Memorial Ceremony
  • US Navy Seal Foundation events
  • Memorial & Veterans Day Ceremonies
  • Military funeral & memorial services

"I may be old and my legs don't work so well but when I hear them play, I feel happy and just want to get up and march"
-WW2 veteran at Veterans Day Ceremony