In early 1980, preparations began to form the eighth "banda filarmonica" in California. John da Silveira along with local Portuguese immigrants with the desire to maintain the musical traditions of their homeland, got together and made their dream true. Reverend Monsignor Valdemiro Fagundes from Sacramento, California, had instruments in his possession that were once used by the U.P.E.C. band and graciously donated these instruments to the Azores Band of Escalon. The band still needed more instruments, so John da Silveira turned to his friends for financial support. These friends made monetary donations to the band and are the founding members. With the generous support of the founding members, more instruments were purchased, as well as uniforms. Manuel Linhares was appointed the first Maestro of the Azores Band of Escalon, with Manuel Silveira being appointed as the Contra-Maestro and the musical director. The band first began practicing at the Nunes dairy in Escalon, California, and made its first debut in May of 1980 in Antioch, California at the Festa de Nossa Senhora de Fatima.