In 1937, a pair of World War I veterans from Roosevelt-Aurora Post 84 in Aurora, IL formed a Cadet band comprising high school musicians. Today, just as it was 78 years ago, the Aurora American Legion Band is an organization that encourages student musicians to develop a lifelong love affair with music, and provides adult musicians the opportunity to continue playing and performing, wherever they are in their musical careers.
Whether you are seeking us out to attend one of our concerts, or to find out how to join us on stage this summer, you will find the information you are looking for on this site. Feel free to contact us (or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
The Aurora American Legion Band performs primarily during the summer months. Our home is Aurora, IL, but the Band plays in Memorial Day and Independence Day parades, and indoor and outdoor concert appearances throughout the Western Suburbs of Chicago. We're still planning our 2018 calendar, but until then check out this video and article from Denise Crosby at the Aurora Beacon News.
Our concert schedule will have additional details for performances when they're available. All performances are free admission. If you would like to book the band for your next event, please contact us!
The Aurora American Legion Band enters its 80th year in 2017. The Band, originally sponsored by Roosevelt-Aurora Post No. 84 in Aurora, Illinois, was formed in 1937 as a Cadet Band. Two World War I veterans invited Aurora-area high school bandsmen to play. During World War II the Band's activities were temporarily halted, but in 1946 the Band reformed with veterans of both World Wars I and II. Later, veterans of Korea and Vietnam joined the ranks. The Band continues to be true to its patriotic roots, performing parades, concerts, and other observances in and around the Fox Valley.
The Aurora American Legion Band is entirely self-supporting; it subsists on donations and earnings from appearances, which includes two parades in Aurora each summer, and several concerts in and around the Fox Valley.