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The Heartland of America Band is a group of Air Force professional musicians whose backgrounds include advanced degrees in music performance and whose broad mastery of musical styles range from classic to contemporary, jazz to country, and pop to rock. 

Its various component ensembles perform more than 150 concerts annually, performing extensively throughout Nebraska and surrounding states. Known throughout the United States for its outstanding performances and recordings, the Heartland of America Band reaches more than one million people annually through live, radio and television appearances, and has been joined in concert by guest artists such as Frank Mantooth, Kevin Mahogany, Frederick Fennell, Chip Davis, John Denver, Crystal Gayle, Joseph Alessi and Wycliffe Gordon.

tabOur History 
The United States Air Force Heartland of America Band has a rich history of inspiring hearts and minds, building and sustaining American patriotism, and enhancing esprit de corps in the United States Air Force. It began as the 402nd Army Air Force Band on February 1, 1943 at Ardmore Army Base, Oklahoma. After assignments at Andrews Field in Maryland and Selfridge Air Force Base in Michigan, it was eventually assigned to Strategic Air Command at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska on October 2, 1948, its home ever since. Officially inactivated on August 1, 2013, it was designated as the USAF Heartland of America Band, a named activity at Offutt and assigned to the USAF Heritage of America Band as Operating Location A.

The Heartland of America Band has received four Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards and six Air Force Organizational Excellence Awards. In addition, it boasts five Colonel George S. Howard Citations of Musical Excellence from the John Philip Sousa Foundation. The band has the singular distinction of being the only Air Force musical unit deployed throughout the entire area of responsibility in support of troop morale during Operation DESERT SHIELD in 1991. In 1995, it was named a "World War II Commemorative Community" for its comprehensive support of activities recognizing the 50th Anniversary of victory in World War II. The band also was honored to perform a major multimedia tribute in 2004 celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Omaha, Nebraska, and later celebrated the 60th Anniversary of the Air Force by presenting the 2006 Inaugural 55th Wing Tattoo, "The Call of Freedom." Members of the band have deployed multiple times to Southwest Asia in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM.
tabOur Vision 
World-Class, Innovative, Professional Airman-Musicians; Committed to Excellence; Prepared and Ready to support Department of Defense priorities around the globe.
tabOur Mission 
Synergize public affairs capability through music to support U.S. Air Force, Air Combat Command and Department of Defense objectives.
tabMission Pillars 
Through the universal language of music, we COMMUNICATE U.S. Air Force and Department of Defense messages, making lasting connections with our audiences. Our community and civic outreach performances serve to instill patriotism, build partnerships, enhance the reputation of the Air Force and the United States, and demonstrate American values to the world.

We HONOR all who have nobly served in the United States Armed Forces by commemorating the contributions of our nation's veterans - past and present - both at home and in deployed locations around the world.

We INSPIRE diverse audiences by displaying the highest level of professionalism, epitomizing military precision and excellence, telling the Air Force story and presenting the finest in musical culture and entertainment.

We serve as a dynamic element to RECRUIT our nation's best and brightest to serve in the United States Air Force. In partnership with Air Force Recruiting Service, we perform for events that generate interest and enthusiasm for military service. 

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