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BOTW Music Training & Drill



Weekly music instruction and rehearsal



Our Band Directors are esteemed professional musicians and respected music instructors in the SF Bay Area. They challenge our cadets & encourage them to learn and perform a wide range  of music while making the experience fun and rewarding.  They also train our cadets to be self-responsible when establishing good music habits and while practicing on own. 


The BOTW music instruction team includes 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.


"The students in BOTW are always much more focused and disciplined than 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. "


-Dr. Troy Davis

Director of Instrumental Music & Jazz Studies

West Valley  College

Camp Director

La Honda Music Camp


The BOTW trains with the nation's professional military bands:

U.S. Marine Band 'The Presidents Own', 2022

Naval School of Music, 2022

U.S. Navy Band (2015, 2020 online)

U.S. Naval Academy Band (2015, 2020 online, 2022

U.S. Pacific Fleet Band (2011, 2017)

U.S. Navy Band SouthWest (2013))

U.S. Marine Band San Diego (2013)

101st Army Reserve Band (2012, 2016)

U.S. Air Force Band (2020 online)

"I learned so much from the Pacific Fleet Band. Not only did I grow musically, but I learned how they organize to improve their 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, flute & piccolo


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— Veterans Day

  • Navy Seal Foundation Navy Seals Tribute

  • USS San Francisco Memorial Ceremony at Lands End, SF

  • Armed Forces Day honoring the 442nd RCT

  • Redwood City's 4th of July parade


Notable past performances include:

  • Commissioning Ceremony of the USS Tulsa (LCS-16), SF, 2019

  • Commissioning Ceremony of the USS John Finn (DDG113), Pearl Harbor, 2017

  • Aboard SS Jeremiah O'Brien (SF Fleet Week 2017, 2018)

  • VA Livermore

  • VA Menlo Park

  • Marines' Memorial Hotel, SF

  • National World War II Memorial

  • US Navy Memorial

  • Armed Forces Retirement Home, WASH DC

  • US Navy League National Convention

  • Aboard SS Jeremiah O'Brien escorting the USS Iowa

  • Scottish Highland Games & Gathering

  • 70th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor at USS Arizona Memorial

Our trumpet players also have opportunities to serve as buglers for:

  • Veterans Day and Memorial Day ceremonies

  • The Port Chicago Memorial ceremony

  • USS San Francisco Memorial ceremony

Our color guard also supports events year-round:

  • Congressional Military Academy Night

  • Stanford University football, basketball and soccer games

"When I hear you play, it makes me want to get up and start marching again!"

-WWII veteran at Veterans Day performance

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