For what kind of events can Air Force bands play?
Air Force bands may perform short patriotic programs, 5 to 20 minutes, at civilian sponsored social, civic, cultural, and athletic events. A patriotic program is one that helps a civilian sponsor provide honors to the flag and nation. It consists of patriotic or military music, appropriate military honors, and music for presenting the colors. Bands cannot provide entertainment music such as background, dinner, dance, or other social music for these events. Air Force bands may play concerts in the traditional setting. Generally, concerts must be free of charge and open to the public. However, bands may play fairs, exhibitions, or similar events where admission is charged and the band’s participation is incidental to the primary event. No additional charge may be imposed just to hear the band play. Air Force bands may perform concert tours. These are trips by a band unit to give performances in a number of locations, during a specific period, leaving from and returning to the band’s home