The Aurora American Legion Band Fund was created to commemorate the Band’s 80th Anniversary Season in 2017. The Fund supports the operation and mission of the Band.
In 1937, a pair of World War I veterans from the Roosevelt-Aurora American Legion Post 84 in Aurora, Illinois formed a Cadet Band comprised of high school musicians that was sponsored by the Post.
During World War II, the Band’s activities were temporarily halted. After the war, the Band reformed in 1946 with veterans of both World Wars and later, veterans of Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, and more recent conflicts joined the ranks.
Today, just as it was 80 years ago, the Aurora American Legion Band is an organization that encourages student musicians to develop a lifelong love affair with music while providing veterans, those currently serving our country, and adult musicians the opportunity to continue playing and performing, wherever they are in their musical careers. The Band continues to be true to its patriotic roots, performing in parades, concerts, and other observances in and around the Fox Valley.
The Aurora American Legion Band is entirely self-supporting; subsisting on donations and earnings from appearances.