Air Force Bands

As with other arms, the Indian Air Force has a strong tradition of its own when it comes to Military Music and Musicians. The first Indian Air Force band was formed at Jalahalli in 1944 as the RIAF Central Band. This band played for the first time at a parade in Ambala on 13th February 1946. Since then six more bands have been raised over the years.

Band Formation Date Formed at Currently at
No.1 Air Force Band 10 Jun 44 Jalahalli Jalahalli
No.2 Air Force Band 22 Jul 49 New Delhi New Delhi
No.3 Air Force Band 28 Apr 61 AFFC Jodhpur AFA Dundigal
No.4 Air Force Band 28 Apr 61 Kanpur Bamrauli
No.5 Air Force Band 28 Apr 61 Barrackpore Nagpur
No.6 Air Force Band 13 Jan 69 Chandigarh Palam
No.7 Air Force Band 13 Jan 69 Guwahati Guwahati


1.  No.3 Air Force Band (Dundigal) had the misfortune of losing sixteen of its members in the December 1996 Crash of an HS-748 at Dubagunta 

Additional Reading:

1. Music and Marches of the IAF
2. LP Album released by the IAF

Information Courtesy: Cermonial Glimpses of the Indian Air Force, Ritana Books