Navy Band Southwest is one of the Navy’s finest and oldest continuing musical organizations. Now with over 80 years of support to the San Diego community, the band serves as the musical ambassador for the Commander, Navy Region Southwest. Under the direction of Lieutenant Diane E. Nichols, the band is located onboard Naval Base San Diego, and serves the military and civilian communities throughout the Southwestern United States.
The 35-member organization calls upon its Ceremonial Band for the majority of its work. The band’s other performing ensembles include the Wind Ensemble, Showband West, SeaBreeze, the band’s reception combo, Brass and Woodwind Quintets, and the contemporary entertainment ensemble the Destroyers.
Navy Band Southwest averages over 600 performances a year. In addition to the many military activities it supports, the band's majority of performances are in support of the Navy’s retention and recruiting initiatives. It also performs for many different community concert series and professional sporting events, including regular performances with the San Diego Symphony Summer Pops. As a strong proponent of music education, Navy Band Southwest proudly participates in the Navy’s "Partnership in Education" program through educational concerts and clinics for school music programs.
Navy Band Southwest is a particularly important part of San Diego’s military heritage. Originating in 1923, Navy Band Southwest takes pride in upholding its rich tradition and promoting the pride and professionalism of today's United States Navy.
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