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Ceremonial Brass

The Ceremonial Brass is the official ceremonial ensemble of The United States Air Force. Stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., it is one of six musical ensembles that comprise The U.S. Air Force Band. Featuring 38 active duty Airmen musicians, the Ceremonial Brass includes brass and percussion instrumentalists, a bagpiper and a drum major. The ensemble provides musical support for funerals at Arlington National Cemetery in various configurations to include 16-member ensembles for full-honor funerals and individual buglers to render taps. Additionally, the Ceremonial Brass supports state arrivals at the White House, full-honor arrivals for foreign dignitaries at the Pentagon, patriotic programs, and change of command, retirement and awards ceremonies.

The origins of the Ceremonial Brass trace back to 1964 when The United States Air Force Headquarters Command Band was incorporated into The U. S. Air Force Band as a ceremonial unit. It became an all brass and percussion ensemble in 1985 and was renamed “The Ceremonial Brass.” Today, this elite group is responsible for more than 1,000 ceremonial performances each year. Members often perform in smaller chamber music formations, such as quartets and quintets, at military and civilian ceremonial functions, education outreach events, and local concert venues.

As part of The U.S. Air Force Band, the Ceremonial Brass honors those who have served, inspires American citizens to heightened patriotism and service, and positively impacts the global community on behalf of the U.S. Air Force and the United States. The excellence demonstrated by these Airmen musicians is a reflection of the excellence displayed by Airmen stationed around the globe. Each member is proud to represent all Airmen, whose selfless service and sacrifices ensure the freedoms we enjoy as citizens of the United States of America.


Captain Dustin M. Doyle - Flight Commander
Chief Master Sergeant Christopher K. Martin - Flight Chief
Senior Master Sergeant Kenneth R. Oedemann - Superintendent
Senior Master Sergeant Daniel P. Valadie - Drum Major
Master Sergeant Kent P. Baker - Assistant Drum Major
Technical Sergeant Adam Tianello - Bagpipe


Senior Master Sergeant Kenneth R. Oedemann
Master Sergeant David Michael Kucharski
Master Sergeant Joshua Henry Lies
Master Sergeant Matthew Misener
Master Sergeant Brian C. Stiles
Master Sergeant Karl P. Sweedy
Technical Sergeant Michael Brest
Technical Sergeant Nathan D. Clark
Technical Sergeant Michael Ramos
Technical Sergeant Adrian Holton
Technical Sergeant Jason Covey

Master Sergeant Kent P. Baker
Master Sergeant Tara E. Islas
Master Sergeant Kathleen L. Fitzpartin
Master Sergeant Michael Alan Hampf
Technical Sergeant Christopher H. Brown
Technical Sergeant Joel Brian Wealer
Technical Sergeant Kevin Grasel

Technical Sergeant Brandon Jones
Technical Sergeant Erik Lundquist



Master Sergeant Aaron J. Moats
Master Sergeant Brandon R. Chaney
Master Sergeant Joshua Michael Cullum
Technical Sergeant William Timmons
Technical Sergeant Timothy Hilgert
Technical Sergeant Christine Purdue Jones
Technical Sergeant Kaz Kruszewski

Master Sergeant Christopher T. Quade
Master Sergeant Jess Allen Lightner
Technical Sergeant Willie E. Clark
Technical Sergeant Roy L. Wimbush Jr.

Senior Master Sergeant Daniel P. Valadie
Master Sergeant Nathan Everett Lavy
Master Sergeant Brian Roger Mann
Master Sergeant Thomas Rarick
Technical Sergeant Matthew Penland
Technical Sergeant Kenneth Riehman