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The VFW Band of Colorado

All are welcome, at any skill level.  Join us!

We rehearse Monday nights from 7:00 to 8:45 at VFW Post 9644, 2680 W Hampden Ave, Sheridan, CO 80110. We rehearse most but not all Mondays, so please see the updated page of the VFW Band of Colorado for all current information about the band. The Post is located on “olde” Hampden Ave (parallel to and just north of the new Hampden Ave expressway), about half a mile east of the intersection with S. Federal Blvd.

We are a very active group, with performances year round. In late spring and summer we play at many community events, but every year our highlight is performing at the Memorial Day Ceremony at the Ft. Logan National Cemetery. Many community members join us for that, nearly doubling the size of the band. We also play Fall and Spring concerts in the large hall at VFW Post 9644. Links to videos of all of these types of performances are below.

CONTACT US — For questions about membership or anything regarding the band, please contact Band President Grant Colley at 303-912-3464 ( or Music Director Christopher Chalfant at 303-386-6076 (

For information about the Colorado VFW please visit


Our Mission and History

Founded in 1888, by former Leadville mayor and later U.S. Congressman, George W. Cook, a Grand Army of the Republic veteran, we are the oldest organized ensemble of our kind in the state of Colorado. Known first as Cook’s Drum Corps., verbal history has it, that in 1931, as the number of Civil War veterans diminished, the Veterans of Foreign Wars sought our services and the name was changed to Cooks VFW Band and Drum Corps. In 1948, when the Department of Colorado designated us as their official band, our name became The VFW Band of Colorado.

While keeping with our military band heritage, the group has a two part mission of providing a place for a veteran musician to play in a band of our type, and as time permits, to represent the Veterans of Foreign Wars by providing performances at VFW functions, local and regional parades, civic ceremonies, neighborhood activities and the like. While our repertoire does include marches, we also perform other types of music that fit a concert band play list.

Photo courtesy of Denver Public Library, Western History Collection, Call #x-28793

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