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In the Fall of 2021, then-Colonel Bryony Terrell of the Joint Action Control Office at the Pentagon was in the planning stages for her promotion ceremony. Earning her first star and assuming the rank of Brigadier General, she wanted to honor the event with special music that went beyond typical
Members of The U.S. Air Force Band are remarkably skilled, world-class musicians who exhibit the highest degree of excellence and service on missions each and every day. Saxophonist Master Sgt. Jeremy Koch is no exception. Sgt. Koch currently serves as principal saxophonist of The U.S. Air Force
In the United States, October 26 is nationally recognized as the Day of the Deployed. It is a day where we recognize the service of deployed military personnel serving around the world and the sacrifice made by the deployed members’ families. It was also around this time, October 22, that seven
Though commonly associated with Celtic heritage, the bagpipe has a rich history in the U.S. military and the U.S. Air Force. Military pipe bands in the United States date back to immediately after World War II when military personnel were inspired by the pipes and drums of the British Commonwealth
“How do I join the Band?” is one of the most frequently asked questions to the members of The U.S. Air Force Band. While there are many steps involved in winning a position with the Band, including the audition, the process truly begins in the early stages of learning an instrument. Diligent
June 10 of this year started out as a typical day for Master Sgt. Kevin Cerovich, a trombonist with the Air Force’s premier jazz ensemble, the Airmen of Note. He was on his way to the historic Hangar Two on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, accomplishing his daily commute from Virginia on Interstate
A native of Dixon, Ill., Bowman is considered one of the world’s greatest and most prolific euphonium virtuosos and educators of all time. For over 25 years, he proved to be an inspirational and effective educator.
In a ceremony held at the Bolling Club on May 14, 2021, units from across the 11th Wing inducted 16 honorary commanders as part of the wing’s newly created Honorary Commanders (HCC) program. Deborah Rutter, president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., was
For the first time in the group’s history, Celtic Aire, the premier Celtic and folk ensemble of The United States Air Force, headed to Alaska for a mission in the final frontier. Over the weekend of June 26 and June 27, 2021, Celtic Aire delighted audiences at the Alaska Scottish Highland Games at
Despite COVID-19, deployments for members of the United States Air Force Bands continue, as it is an essential and crucial mission for the career field. This summer, eight members of The U. S. Air Force Band will deploy as the U.S. Air Forces Central Command Band, or AFCENT Band, in support of troop
Whether inspiring audiences across the land during community relations tours, adding decorum at high-level protocol events or positively connecting with the global community through the education outreach program, the members of The U.S. Air Force Band wear many different hats. The one mission that
A vital and gratifying component of The U.S. Air Force Band’s mission is educational outreach in our local and national schools, colleges and universities. This initiative, entitled Advancing Innovation through Music, or AIM, exemplifies the Air Force’s core value of “Service Before Self” and
The spring season for The U.S. Air Force Band buzzes with excitement, as each of the performing flights prepares for upcoming virtual concerts and educational outreach missions. For the Airmen of Note, the spring means the blossoming of the annual Jazz Heritage Series concerts (JHS), which in
As one of The U.S. Air Force Band’s six performing ensembles, The Air Force Strings perform a variety of musical styles, frequently in interesting and unique settings. One of these settings involves monthly performances for the Arts in Health (AIH) program at Walter Reed National Military Medical
Chief Master Sgt. (ret.) Jeanne Gartner served an incredible 30 years as a member of The United States Air Force Band. Her musical talent and leadership prowess paved the way for her ascent through the ranks. Her career culminated with her role as Chief Enlisted Manager of the Band, making her the
Within the walls of historic Hangar 2 on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, The United States Air Force Band diligently carries out its mission to: honor those who have served, inspire Americans to heightened patriotism and service, and connect with the global community on behalf of the United States of
On December 2nd, The U.S. Air Force Band was presented the National Medal of Arts in a ceremony at The Pentagon. Colonel Don Schofield, Commander and Conductor of The U. S. Air Force Band, accepted this award on behalf of The U.S. Air Force Band, which was presented by the National Endowment of the
Get ready for some much needed holiday cheer! The U.S. Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants present their special virtual concert, “Season of Hope,” premiering on December 12th at 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the U.S. Air Force Band’s Facebook Page.
Despite COVID-19, deployments for the members of the Air Force Band career field continue, and remain an essential and crucial mission for its members and for those they serve.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the members of the U.S. Air Force Band have kept busy fulfilling their mission support duties in order to keep the unit running, performing for funerals at Arlington National Cemetery, and have been also heavily involved in virtual outreach projects and
U.S. Air Force Band french hornist Technical Sgt. Manuel Collazo-Llantin’s Puerto Rican roots help propel his commitment to serving as an airmen musician.
The U.S. Air Force Band celebrated the 23-year career of its chief enlisted manager, Chief Master Sgt. Michael Piersol, in a retirement ceremony held on May 26th at the historic Hangar 2 on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C.
The Airmen of Note collaborated with 4 sister service bands to record a 4th of July “Armed Forces Medley” performance seen by 400,000 online.
The Airmen of Note, the United States Air Force Band's premier jazz ensemble, collaborates with six different nations in a rendition of the famous song "I'll Be Seeing You".
The Singing Sergeants of the United States Air Force Band collaborate with Lee Greenwood in a stunning new cover of the hit song God Bless America.
Members of the United States Air Force Band connect to and inspire worldwide audiences through the Duet Initiative.
Members of a new ensemble, District Brass, bring Air Force excellence to schools through digital media amid shutdowns due to COVID-19.
Members of the United States Air Force Band complete the annual Bataan Memorial Death March, overcoming event cancellations and location changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The U.S. Air Force Concert Band and members of the Singing Sergeants performed with guest singer Samantha Massell for the second installment of the Guest Artist Series Feb. 20, 2020, at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center in Alexandria, Va.
The U.S. Air Force Band’s Singing Sergeants kicked off their winter tour Feb. 11, in Fullerton, California.
On Jan. 15, Major Jason Plosch, director of operations for The U.S. Air Force Band, and seven enlisted members of the Band hosted 55 federal employees from the Excellence in Government Fellows Program (EIG) for a symposium in the Band’s rehearsal studios in historic Hangar 2 on Joint Base
Senior Master Sgt. J. Blake Arrington played several key roles in The U.S. Air Force Band's recent performances at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois.
Members of the Airmen of Note performed at the Alexandria History Museum at the Lyceum in Alexandria, Virginia, on Oct. 17. The concert was part of The U.S. Air Force Band's Chamber Players Series. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Grant Langford)
Technical Sgt. Matt Hill and other members of The United States Air Force Band's Singing Sergeants in Washington, D.C., performed the Polish song “Sciernisko” to honor the Polish Air Force Inspector, Brigadier General pilot Jacek Pszczoła, on his visit to the U.S. This video was the final rehearsal
The Airmen of Note performed for thousands of jazz music fans at two jazz festivals this past June.
The children of active duty service members make many sacrifices while their parents serve our nation. As with any military unit, a large number of The U.S. Air Force Band’s personnel are parents themselves who work hard to obtain balance between work and family life. For one band member’s family,
Max Impact performed at the Suwannee River Jam, one of the South's largest country music festivals in Live Oak, Florida. It was a reunion of sorts for Tech. Sgt. Quintello.
An educational article which uncovers some of the unknown facts about oboes and how oboists prepare and maintain their instruments.
The U.S. Air Force Band performs for Honor Flights when they visit to Washington, D.C., to see the miltiary memorials around the city.
This month’s Artist Spotlight features clarinetist, Technical Sgt. Sara Reese.
On Memorial Day, American citizens honor and remember those lost in conflict by visiting gravesites, attending ceremonial parades and tribute concerts, and performing a moment of silence. This year, Department of Defense employees from across the country showed remembrance, to include members of the
The U.S. Air Force Band Max Impact and Honor Guard Drill team performed for the National Salute to America’s Heroes Air and Sea Show for Memorial Day weekend in Miami Beach, Florida, May 24-26. The air and sea show honored service members, both military and local first responders, who have given the
Images from "On the Air: A Glenn Miller Swing Celebration," a production that featured The U.S. Air Force Band performing the music of big band legend Major Glenn Miller on April 2, 2019, at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Maryland. The U.S. Air Force Band partnered with Washington
Internationally acclaimed saxophonist Joe Lulloff performs with the U.S. Air Force Concert Band on Thursday, Apr. 18, at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center in Alexandria, Virginia. This concert was the final installment of The U.S. Air Force Band's 2019 Guest Artist Series. (U.S.
Members of the U.S. Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants performed for military veterans during the DFW Honor Flight concert, at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, April 13, 2019.
TSgt Mike Cemprola provides a wrap-up of the final concert of the Airmen of Note's 2019 Jazz Heritage Series.
Violinist Master Sgt. Luke Wedge reports on recent performances by the Air Force Strings on The U.S. Air Force Band's Chamber Players Series.
Commentary by soprano vocalist Technical Sgt. Katie Baughman describing the power of music and her experiences at recent performances by the Singing Sergeants at a national choral music convention.
A change of command for The United States Air Force Band took place on Jan. 15, 2019, at the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Club. Col. Kathryn Brown, 11th Operations Group Commander, presided over the ceremony during which she thanked Col. Larry H. Lang and his family for their dedicated service while
The Singing Sergeants jingled all the way to the lobby of the William A. Jones III building here, where Air Force District of Washington employees and visitors gathered to hear the U.S. Air Force’s official chorus perform holiday carols.
The Airmen of Note are again heading to the world’s largest band and orchestra conference: Chicago’s Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic! Fresh off their successful community relations tour of southern Virginia and Eastern Tennessee, the band is keeping their momentum up, preparing for a busy
The remains of George H.W. Bush arrived at JBA aboard Air Force One here Dec. 3. Roughly 48 hours later, the distinguished aircraft carried its distinguished cargo once again -- this time back to Texas, Bush's permanent resting place.The 11th Wing, along with members of several JBA tenant units and
(America’s Airman is a weekly article highlighting a member of the JBA community)Hometown?Fairfax, VirginiaWhy do you serve?I grew up in a suburb of Washington D.C. because my father, a retired sergeant major, was stationed at Fort Myer as a saxophonist with the United States Army Band for 34
Attention all burgeoning big band composers!! We are now accepting submissions for the 23rd Annual Sammy Nestico Award! The winner will receive a $2,500 follow-up commission. The deadline is February 1st, 2019. Please visit our competition site for specific
The Airmen of Note will perform a mix of modern and classic big band music on their upcoming 8-day community relations tour through Virginia and Tennessee, Nov. 12-19.Many selections performed on this tour will be pulled from the band’s upcoming album, “Global Reach,” which will be released and
The lights dimmed in the Allen Independent School District’s Performing Arts Center in Allen, Texas, and a hush fell over the audience, their eyes drawn to figures on the brightly lit stage.
The U.S. Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants performed in 12 locations throughout New Mexico and Texas from Oct. 16-27.
The U.S. Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants performed in six cities throughout New Mexico and Texas, from October 16 to 21, marking the end of the first half of their 12-day tour. The band will continue their tour to an additional six cities throughout Texas, with a final concert scheduled
The Concert Band and Singing Sergeants are traveling through New Mexico and Texas on their 2018 Fall Tour Oct. 16-27.For the Band's commander, Col. Larry H. Lang, this is his final concert tour and a homecoming all in one. Lang grew up in El Paso, Texas, and he attended college at New Mexico State
It has been six years of making do with less than enough, but now the Singing Sergeants soprano section is finally operating at full capacity. Off and on since 2012, the highest voices of the chorus have been under-staffed by as few as one to as many as four of its five-member section. The situation
In addition to the six official ensembles of The United States Air Force Band, there are a number of small, musical groups within the Band that perform around Washington, D.C., and occasionally across the country. Last weekend, Celtic Aire, a subset of the Singing Sergeants, had the opportunity to
The U.S. Air Force Band recently combined musical forces with the Cape Symphony on a perfect summer evening at the Salt Pond Amphitheater in Eastham, Massachusetts. The event highlighted National Park locations by presenting classics by composer John Williams, and honored our nation with a patriotic
The Women in the Air Force (WAF Band) held its 20th reunion this month in Washington, D.C. Over 20 alumnae of the group travelled at their own expense to attend the reunion and join together to once again form a band to delight audiences and honor veterans. The ensemble performed two concerts,
Originally from Hutchinson, Kansas, Master Sgt. Luke Wedge has been in the Air Force for over 15 years. As Strolling Strings music director, Wedge serves as “front man” for most Air Force Strings performances. This role demands clear communication with the band’s customers and audiences, as well
After nearly 16 years as the lead male vocalist for Max Impact, Senior Master Sgt. Ryan Carson is leaving the rock band. Regular fans will now find his iconic, familiar face leading the Singing Sergeants as he assumes the role of superintendent of the mixed choir.No stranger to the classical realm,
For over two decades, Max Impact has established a legacy of innovation with its dynamic, original songs, many of which are written for specific career fields within the U.S. Air Force. On July 16, the official rock band of the U.S. Air Force released a much-anticipated album that included 10 of
This week, our own Director of Operations, Captain Dustin Doyle landed at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar to begin a six-month deployment as Officer-in-Charge of the Air Force Central Command (AFCENT) Band. While on deployment, Captain Doyle will direct and oversee missions for the AFCENT Band as they
July’s edition of “On The Fly” proves that quite often simplicity yields beautiful results, as Master Sgt. Kathleen Fitzpatrick performs “Unmeasured Preludes,” Op. 27, No. 27, by composer Jacques Francois Gallay.An unmeasured or non-measured prelude is one in which the duration of each note is left
The United States Air Force Band was excited to add a new venue to this year’s Chamber Series, presenting two concerts at the National Museum of American History Hall of Music. The chamber groups from the United States Air Force Band that performed this May are the first ensembles not affiliated
At this point in the year, the U.S. Air Force Band is in the midst of its Summer Concert Series, which runs through August 28th. During these summer months, the band operates almost exclusively outdoors in the National Capital Region, performing concerts at the Air Force Memorial, on the steps of
Washington, D.C.—The United States Air Force Band is excited to celebrate America this Independence Day with three opportunities for local audiences to enjoy live performances. The Ceremonial Brass Quintet, Airmen of Note, and Concert Band will be performing at venues throughout the National Capital
Last October, the percussion section of the U.S. Air Force Concert Band partnered with a local violinist to present a truly unique concert on the campus of George Mason University as part of the band’s ongoing Chamber Players Series.The centerpiece of the program was a large-scale work entitled
The June edition of “On the Fly” is here, this month featuring the U.S. Air Force Band Reed Quintet performing a portion of Marc Mellits’ 2014 work entitled “Splinter.” The work was originally composed in eight short movements, each named for a differing species of tree. For “On the Fly,” the reed
Since its inception in 1990, the Airmen of Note’s Jazz Heritage Series has wowed audiences in the Washington, DC area with high-energy performances from world-class artists, and 2018 was no exception.Featuring the sublime vocals of Cyrille Aimée, masterful artistry of pianist Kenny Barron, and the
For over two decades, Max Impact has established a legacy of innovation with its dynamic original songs, many of which are written for specific career fields within the U.S. Air Force. In early July, the official rock band of the U.S. Air Force will release a much-anticipated album that will include
Memorial Day serves as an opportunity to pause and remember the sacrifices of more than one million Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who gave their lives to secure our freedoms. This year, the United States Air Force Band will pay tribute to the fallen in two separate events in
Last year, the United States Air Force Band began a recurring, ceremonial event that would honor those who support the United States Air Force. It is entitled “Heritage to Horizons.” This unique set of themed concerts at the U.S. Air Force Memorial returns for a second year, with four events
On April 16, the U.S. Air Force Concert Band joined forces with the Central Band of the Royal Air Force for a concert celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force. Held at D.A.R. Constitution Hall, the performance was a celebration of the friendship and military cooperation the United
Washington, D.C.--In this month’s installment of “On the Fly,” we are excited to share Steve Reich’s 1972 minimalist classic “Clapping Music,” as performed by percussionists and Concert Band members Master Sgt Randy Gorman and Master Sgt. Adam Green. Using NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series as a
The U.S. Air Force Band is excited to announce the dates for our 2018 Summer Concert Series. Grab a lawn chair, a picnic basket, and come connect with your United States Air Force at National Harbor Plaza, Smithsonian National Air and Space, Air Force Memorial, the U.S. Capitol (West Side Steps),
Percussionist soloist and renowned teacher Michael Burritt closed out this year’s Guest Artist Series, wowing the audience in Rachel M. Schlesinger Hall in Alexandria, Virginia, on February 22, 2018 with his dynamic and varied performance. This performance closed out the U.S. Air Force Band’s
The Airmen of Note are preparing for one of their busiest and most significant Jazz Appreciation Months to date.Celebrated in April, Jazz Appreciation Month, fondly known as “JAM,” was created in 2001 to honor jazz as an early American art form. John Edward Hasse, PhD, founder of the Smithsonian
Vacancies within the premier military bands in Washington, D.C. are infrequent and highly competitive. When the United States Air Force Band has a trumpet vacancy, the audition process will yield about 80 candidates. These candidates travel from all over the country, hailing from Alaska to Florida,
Max Impact will deliver their dynamic and patriotic musical product at three major air shows this summer. Air shows are attended annually by millions of enthusiastic Americans of all ages and demographic, instilling a breathtaking sense of American pride in hearts of young and old alike. The
The Airmen of Note are picking up steam during this spring, and will be in full “swing” by the time their New England tour begins. You won’t want to miss out, so be sure to check the calendar and get your tickets! From April 22-30, the Airmen of Note will present a series of community outreach
The Concert Band and Singing Sergeants are excited to embark on their Spring Tour this April, with the bulk of scheduled performances in the Empire State! Although the 10-day tour will begin with a performance in Stamford, Connecticut, the remaining nine days will be spent touring throughout New
2018 marks the centennial of Britain’s Royal Air Force. To commemorate this centennial anniversary, The Central Band of the Royal Air Force and The United States Air Force Band will be joining forces for a series of outreach events, including concerts, aerial demonstrations and honor guard
This March, the U.S. Air Force Band is excited to introduce our new online music video series, entitled "On the Fly." Comprised of short, live-recorded music segments from small groups of musicians throughout the band, “On the Fly” aims to deliver a bit of the concert experience to viewers at
The orchestra from the United States Air Force Band was recently featured in the Washington Post Arts review.
The Airmen of Note is rehearsing in preparation for their much-anticipated 19th annual Jazz Heritage Series, which runs from February through April. The Jazz Heritage Series showcases preeminent jazz musicians from the U.S. and abroad performing live with the Airmen of Note. In addition to the
The submissions have been evaluated and the invitees are nearly on their way. Within days, the fourth annual Collegiate Symposium will be up and running! Held February 1-3, 2018, at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in the U.S. Air Force Band's historic Hangar 2, the Collegiate Symposium is an event
The U. S. Air Force Band continues its tradition of artistic cooperation with Washington Performing Arts on Sunday, February 18th at The Music Center At Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland by presenting a tribute to honor late American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein in celebration of his
It was a that was concert three years in the making. The band of the Northeast's concert band ensemble held a holiday concert at Upper Dauphin Middle School in Lykens, Pa. on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Although, inclement weather had forced the holiday concert to be cancelled each of the past two
The U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West Saxophone Quintet performed at the 2018 International Saxophone Symposium in Fairfax, Virginia on January 13. The performance took place at the George Mason University Center for the Arts and coincided with various other performances, masterclasses,
After returning from a jam-packed few days at the JEN (Jazz Education Network) conference in Dallas, the Airmen of Note have been getting much positive feedback from the jazz community. The band dazzled audiences with a total of three clinics and three performances for some of the industry leaders
The newly rekindled Guest Artist Series kicks off the Band’s 2018 season on Thursday, January 18 at 8 p.m. at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center. The concert will feature world-renowned tubist Patrick Sheridan. A former member of “The President’s Own” Marine Band, in Washington,
The Air National Guard Band of the Northeast once again had the honor of marching in the New York City Veteran's Day Parade on Saturday, November 11, 2017.The ceremonial band led the parade up 5th Avenue to the applause and delight of thousands of spectators.Joining the band this year were members
The Airmen of Note are looking back on a very busy 2017, complete with two major tours, a successful Jazz Heritage Series with 3 guest artists, a new studio album release, a busy summer concert series, and also the annual flash mob and holiday concert series. Even though the band is eager for some
This December, the Concert Band releases its newest album, Breaking Barriers. The recording pays tribute to the courageous men and women who have refined the Air Force’s mission to fly, fight, and win, ensuring the contributions of Airpower endure long into the future. Breaking Barriers is a
There were singers, dancers, smoke, lights and snow; and, of course, the Band - nearly ALL of the Band. Members from all 6 performing flights of the USAF Band collaborated with both traditional Irish dancers and Swing dancers to form a nearly 9 minute flash mob entertainment extravaganza to ring in
This year, members of the Concert Band and Ceremonial Brass will represent the U. S. Air Force Band at the 71st Midwest Band and Orchestra Conference on December 20-23 in Chicago, IL.Be on the lookout for the large, light blue and aluminum USAF Band booth at booth location #1531. Band members will
The Air National Guard band of the Northeast will perform a holiday concert on December 2, 2017 in the Upper Dauphin Middle School auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public. Please join us as we celebrate the holidays with a lively selection of holiday favorites.The concert begins at
The U.S. Air Force’s Premier Rock Band Max Impact will release their newest original song this Veterans Day. The six-piece ensemble has explored new roots since their latest hard rock single “Find You” and created an organic southern crossover combined with a compelling patriotic message. The
The Concert Band and Singing Sergeants just wrapped up their fall 2017 concert tour, which started in Kansas City, MO and concluded in Indianapolis, IN. While on tour, the Concert Band and Singing Sergeanrs appeared on local television and radio stations, conducted clinics, masterclasses and panel
The Airmen of Note is set to release their latest studio album honoring on Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11th.Aptly titled “Veterans of Jazz,” the album features music by the men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces and went on to become jazz luminaries. Each song on the album
For the third consecutive year, High Altitude, the Band of the Northeast’s rock band, made the trek to Hurlburt Field, Florida to perform at the Air Force Special Operations Command Ball.The event celebrated the Air Force’s 70th Anniversary and the achievements of the Air Force Special Operations
“What do you actually do?” As a member of the Singing Sergeants, the Official Chorus of the United States Air Force, I hear this question all the time. People are curious. They see us performing in public and wonder what we do with the rest of our time. The short answer is we honor those who have
For the second time in as many years, the United States Air Force Band will collaborate with Macy’s and march in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Band previously marched in the parade in 2012.Macy’s and the Air Force Band have been frequent partners of late, with the Band performing in 2015
The members of the Air Force Strings are looking forward to their upcoming fall tour. The tour will take place between November 13 and 16, and include performances in Evansville, IN, as well as the greater Louisville, KY area. In addition to traditional concerts, this special tour will feature
The first tenet of The United States Air Force Band’s Mission is “to honor those who have served.” We strive to accomplish this in every aspect of our daily work as we represent the sacrifices and achievements of the all active duty and retired Airman who have served our country honorably. No other
Members with the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard and Band perform during the U.S. Air Force Tattoo at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C., Sept. 13, 2017. Service members from across the National Capital Region attended the tattoo in commemoration of the Air Force’s 70th anniversary. (U.S. Air
The U.S. Air Force Concert Band is excited to announce its 4th Annual Collegiate Symposium. This event will be held February 1-3, 2018 at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in the U.S. Air Force Band's historic Hangar 2.The Collegiate Symposium is an event hosted by the United States Air Force Band for
American Airmen have been breaking barriers for 70 years in air, space and cyberspace, resulting in global vigilance, reach and power. The U.S. Air Force Band is proud to help celebrate this milestone by providing musical support to numerous official birthday events in September.The Singing
Mark your calendars for the fall schedule of The United States Air Force Band's popular Chamber Players Series. These free recitals provide Washington, D.C. area audiences a wonderful opportunity to enjoy performances of the finest music ranging from classical chamber music and jazz to Celtic and
As summer days grow shorter and the eclipse has come and gone, the United States Air Force Band is once again preparing an annual fall tour. The tour celebrates the 70th Anniversary of the United States Air Force and brings your United States Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants to Missouri,
Max Impact is currently preparing their musical selections for the 2017 Tattoo, celebrating the Air Force's 70th Birthday. On September 13 at 7:00 p.m., the Air Force will demonstrate its powerful legacy of breaking barriers since 1947.As a contribution to the Air Force's heritage of unprecedented
The National Anthem, followed by an A-10 and F-16 flyover and the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team, kicked off the Air Force's final Heritage to Horizons summer concert at the Air Force Memorial Aug. 4, 2017. The theme for the special event was "Portraits in Courage."The program highlights
While the U.S. Air Force Band's Summer Concert Series impresses audiences around Washington, D.C. several evenings a week, the Airmen of Note are staying busy during the day, preparing for a two-week community relations tour of California this fall. This trip will be the first time in a decade that
The Singing Sergeants are pleased to welcome two new members to their ranks: alto, Technical Sgt. Hillary Grobe and tenor, Technical Sgt. Matthew Hill.Technical Sgt. Grobe holds undergraduate degrees in vocal performance and music education from SUNY Fredonia and a master's degree in vocal
On Tuesday, June 20th, more than 50 General Schedule (GS) 13-15 employees joined The United States Air Force Band for a leadership symposium using music as a medium. The event took place in Hangar 2's Gabriel Hall on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling.The symposium was one component of the Excellence In
Now entering its fourth year, the United States Air Force Band's Advancing Innovation Through Music (AIM) program has brought premier bandsmen into direct contact with thousands of young musicians from all across the country. As the program has grown, members of the band have experimented with
The United States Air Force Band is proud to release its latest compact disc - America -- a wide-ranging collection of inspiring, patriotic music that celebrates our nation's heritage and diversity. Drawn from not only recent, nationally televised broadcasts for Independence Day and Veterans Day but
Max Impact, the Premier Rock Band of the United States Air Force, will kick off their first summer concert series since last year's ninety-day deployment to Southeast Asia.Instead of performing around the nation's capital region, Max Impact spent last summer visiting six countries in the Middle
The Air National Guard Band of the Northeast is pleased to announce its 2017 summer concert series - "Celebrate Great American Cities". The band has been in preparation for an exciting concert tour which will take the entire ensemble on a performance tour through the Eastern Ohio and Western
The American Flag is one of the world's most recognized symbols. On Flag Day, we pause to honor the standard of our republic and the freedoms we, as Americans, enjoy every day. It is also the day we celebrate the formation of the United States Army.June 14 marks the adoption of the flag of the
The Air National Guard Band of the Northeast's Ceremonial Band had the honor of participating in the 150th Memorial Day Parade in Gettysburg, Pa. on Monday, May 29.The sounds of National Emblem March echoed through the streets of downtown Gettysburg as the band led the parade along Middle Street.As
With Independence Day fast approaching, the U.S. Air Force Band is hard at work preparing several musical presentations celebrating our nation's 241st birthday. All six performing flights are busy planning and rehearsing for concerts both big and small as they represent the U.S. Air Force in front
The nationally recognized, all-women brass ensemble Monarch Brass, will be performing an original composition by Master Sgt. Tara Islas of the U.S. Air Force Band's Ceremonial Brass. The performance is part of the 2017 International Women's Brass Conference, which is being held at Rowan University
The United States Air Force Band is proud to announce it will serve as host and ensemble-in-residence for the National Band Association's (NBA) 2017 Young Composer/Conductor Mentor Project. Held at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling on June 13, 14 and 15, the project is the only competition of its kind
High Altitude is flying high after a successful and energizing spring tour.The Air National Guard Band of the Northeast's popular music ensemble rocked students at several schools in Pennsylvania and New Jersey with energetic and informative shows that highlighted the role of the Air National Guard
Technical Sergeant Michael Henrie, a member of the USAF Heritage of America Band, has begun a new club for the recreational hobby of building and flying remote-controlled drones. The new club meets every Wednesday over lunch, at the Community Commons on Langley AFB, VA. Club members will receive
The United States Air Force Band and the Air Education and Training Command have joined forces to produce a unique music video honoring all of those who have served in the U.S. Air Force. The original song by Max Impact, the U.S. Air Force's premier rock band, was co-written by Senior Master Sgts.
Last year, acting Secretary of the Air Force, Lisa S. Disbrow, asked public affairs leaders to research the possibility of creating a recurring, public, ceremonial event that would honor those who support the United States Air Force. The team envisioned a unique set of themed concerts at the U.S.
As the United States Air Force celebrates 70 years of service, the upcoming Memorial Day weekend celebrates the rich history that is the U.S. Air Force and honors seven decades of service and sacrifice by those Airmen who paid the ultimate price for freedom.Six performing ensembles will participate
The United States Air Force Band is proud, once again, to partner with Washington Performing Arts in performing the east coast premiere of Messiaen: From the Canyons to the Stars, at DAR, Constitution Hall, on Friday, May 12 at 8 p.m.The work has been described by Alex Ross of The New Yorker as a
Following Memorial Day weekend, the United States Air Force Band summer concert series kicks into high gear with more than 50 concerts throughout the National Capital Region. The series runs through mid-September as the Band celebrates the 70th birthday of the U.S. Air Force.These free, outdoor
As the last remnants of a cold winter fade into spring, things are heating up for High Altitude, the Band of the Northeast's rock band and popular music ensemble.The 11-member group has been gearing up to hit the road for a mid-April whirlwind tour.This year's tour will bring the band's eclectic mix
Max Impact has done it again! The United States Air Force Band is proud to announce Max Impact's new original song and music video "Find You."Co-written by the band's guitarist, Senior Master Sgt. Matt Ascione, and the noncommissioned officer in charge and vocalist of Max Impact, Senior Master Sgt.
The trombone often gets a raw deal in the reputation game of instruments. Aside from the ubiquitous jokes, there's this famous quote:Never look at the trombones; you'll just encourage them. -Richard StraussBut, far from being the hapless horn of countless quips and sarcastic asides, the not-so-lowly
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The Airmen of Note have begun rehearsing with their new second alto saxophonist, Technical Sgt. Michael Cemprola.As the premier jazz ensemble of The United States Air Force, The Airmen of Note doesn't change personnel very often. Most members spend their entire careers in the flight. That was the
Everyone knows April showers bring May flowers, but did you know it is also Jazz Appreciation Month? Also known as JAM, the month long celebration started at the National Museum of American History in 2002 and is now celebrated in all 50 states and in over 40 nations across the globeAccording to the
The Band of the Northeast is pleased to welcome Staff Sergeant Megan May to the ensemble as a featured vocalist, performing with both the popular music ensemble High Altitude and the concert band. SSgt May comes to the Band of the Northeast from the active duty career field, having previously
Our Spring Chamber Players Series begins on March 7th, 2017 at the Lyceum: Alexandria's History Museum! This free concert series features instrumentalists from performing ensembles within the U.S. Air Force Band. Members create diverse programs, highlighting the excellent technical virtuosity and
The Airmen of Note is preparing for a ground breaking concert at Gallaudet University next month.The concert on Monday, March 6th is the first of its kind as Gallaudet's student body is made up of deaf and hard of hearing students. The band has never performed in this capacity before. In addition to
Before she enlisted about 20 years ago, Senior Master Sgt. -- and musician -- Claudia Weir says she hadn't given much thought to the U.S. Air Force, which celebrates its 70th birthday this year.Now the United States Air Force Academy Band, which calls Peterson Air Force Base near Colorado Springs
The Singing Sergeants are eager to embark on our first ever solo tour in February. We will perform in Lady Lake, The Villages, Orlando, DeLand and Cape Coral, Fla.Performing in a variety of venues will allow us the opportunity to perform in a variety of styles. We will perform two choral concerts
The United States Air Force Concert Band is gearing up for its third annual Collegiate Symposium. This event will be held February 10-12, 2017, kicking off at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in the USAF Band's historic Hangar 2. A side-by-side concert will take place on February 12 at 3 p.m. at Rachel
The United States Air Force Band is proud to announce the release of three new recordings, featuring the Concert Band and the Airmen of Note. Here's a short description of all the releases, and a preview of what you'll find on each:JourneysTaking the listener on a trip from the "Broad Earth" to the
The Airmen of Note is currently rehearsing in preparation for the return of their highly lauded Jazz Heritage Series this spring.Beginning in 1990, the Jazz Heritage Series continually showcases the best and brightest jazz musicians performing live with the Airmen of Note. In addition to the dozens
Recently, several members of the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast descended on Southern California to march in the 128th Tournament of Roses Parade to help commemorate the Air Force's 70th anniversary.As part of the Air Force Total Force Band, which consisted of 104 instrumentalists from the
The United States Air Force Total Force Band kicked off the Air Force's 70th birthday celebrations by playing at several venues in Southern California, culminating in an appearance in the 128th Rose Parade Jan. 2.The band is comprised of 103 active-duty and Air National Guard Airmen-musicians from
Isolation and avoidance were the behaviors Marine Staff Sgt. Anthony Mannino used to cope with adjusting to life when he came back from deployment in Iraq.Mannino deployed for eight months total to Iraq in 2007 and 2008."Things are not the same as they used to be," Mannino, National Intrepid Center
Visitors at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum were delightfully surprised when their tour of the displays was suddenly interrupted by members of the U.S. Air Force Band and Honor Guard as they kicked off the holiday season with their fourth annual holiday flash mob, Nov. 29.Band
The Air National Guard Band of the Northeast helped citizens throughout Pennsylvania celebrate Veterans' Day via a variety of performances for both civilian audiences and our Nation's Veterans.The day began with performances for some our nation's most deserving citizens; our Veterans. Two ensembles
Chief Master Sgt. Craig LeDoux gives his perspective on the outstanding past, present and dynamic future of Air Force bands."Where you sit is where you stand," says LeDoux of his job as Air Force Bands Career Field Manager. He has been the chief enlisted leader of all Air Force Bandsmen since
Colonel Arnold D. Gabriel, Conductor Emeritus of The United States Air Force Band, has been named Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. The Legion of Honor is France's highest distinction and is bestowed upon Col. Gabriel as a sign of gratitude for his personal contribution to that nation's liberation
The United States Air Force Band and Maryland Public Television (MPT) continue their annual collaboration in saluting U.S. military veterans with a one-hour broadcast of musical performances honoring the men and women who have served in all branches of the U.S. armed forces. Titled America's
The U.S. Air Force Band and Singing Sergeants Fall 2016 Tour concluded Oct. 29 after a 10-day performance-filled trip through Ohio and Pennsylvania.Tours are held biannually to connect with the American public in various ways."We do these tours threefold," said Maj. Matthew Henry, U.S. Air Force
After begging his parents to play anything from their extensive selection of classic jazz albums, 5-year-old Andy Axelrad, too young to run the record player himself, sits by a record player with his legs crossed and eyes closed. The sounds of Miles Davis, Stan Getz, The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Four times a year, Honor Flight Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) brings walking history from World War II and the Korean War to Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling. Four times a year, members of the JBAB community and tenant commands roll out the welcome wagon and the handshakes of thanks to these veterans.The
The first challenge many people face when entering a foreign country is trying to communicate. That challenge is often smaller for musicians because music is a universal language says, German Air Force Lt. Col. Burkard Zenglein, commander, and conductor for the German Air Force Band."For musicians,
Thirty-eight musical measures and 94 seconds are all Master Sgt. Eric Sullivan needs to inspire a stadium of sports fans to its feet with roaring cheers and applause. The United States Air Force Band's "Singing Sergeants" vocalist performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" for an audience of more than
Originally posted at: http://www.acc.af.mil/News/ArticleDisplay/tabid/5725/Article/976460/af-bands-inspire-captivate-worldwide-audience.aspxStevie Wonder once said, "Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand," in a song he produced in 1977, called "Sir Duke."In countries
Stevie Wonder once said, “Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand,” in a song he produced in 1977, called “Sir Duke.” In countries across the globe, the Air Force has used the language of music to boost morale among military members, foster worldwide trust and gain public
The holiday season is almost here! Join The U.S. Air Force Band this December for our "Spirit of the Season" concerts on Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. at DAR Constitution Hall in downtown Washington, D.C."We always look forward to celebrating the holidays with the National Capital Region community,
The United States Air Force Band is thrilled to be experiencing a boom of new members! This year has seen a large number of incoming musicians and it is my pleasure to welcome one of them, Technical Sgt. Victor Holmes Jr. He joined the Concert Band as a Bassist in February 2016. Hailing from San
Harpist, and newest Concert Band member, Technical Sergeant Greta Asgeirsson joined the United States Air Force Band this June in the thick of our Summer Concert Series. A native of Reading, Massachusetts, Asgeirsson attended Boston University for her Bachelor's degree. While seeking her
The U.S. Air Force Band is proud to present a brand-new music video,featuring the song "There Are No Words", written by Kitty Donahoe after theevents of Sept. 11, 2001. With this video, we honor those killed and injuredin the 9/11 attacks, and those who have served and are currently serving inthe
Mark your calendars for the fall schedule of The United States Air Force Band's popular Chamber Players Series. The Chamber Players Series offers audiences in the National Capital Region the opportunity to enjoy performances by musicians from the various units of your U.S. Air Force Band. There will
In light of Hispanic Heritage Month, Staff Sgt. Melissa Rocha, a member of the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West, recently reflected on her opportunity to inspire Hispanics as well as garner diversity within the Air Force. A performance with the band four years ago in the suburbs of
The Air National Guard Band of the Northeast performed on Sunday, September 11 2016 at the Pennsylvania National Fire Museum, 1820 N 4th St, Harrisburg, PA for the Remembering 9/11 Memorial Service. The Band of the Northeast performed the National Anthem and two musical interludes, as well as
The United States Air Force band wrapped up its Summer Concert Series at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Sept. 2.The Band put on a total of 64 concerts between Memorial Day and Labor Day at five primary locations throughout the National Capital Region which were: The Air Force Memorial, The
Brass in Blue performed for a ceremony for the 175th Wing of the Maryland Air National Guard at Warfield Air National Guard Base in Middle River, MD, August 21, 2016. The ceremony activated the 175th Cyberspace Operations Group, which will consist of 3 new squadrons and 2 re-designated existing
The Airmen of Note's Jazz Heritage Series, presented by The United States Air Force Band, provides a wonderful opportunity for the public to experience the U.S Air Force's high level of professionalism through concerts featuring masters of the only American-born art form--jazz.This year's concert
As the last days of summer near and kids head back to school, The United States Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants gear up for their annual fall tour. Over the course of ten days, these musical flights will travel through Ohio and Pennsylvania, performing in Cincinnati, Cleveland,
The United States Air Force Band is currently preparing for their part in the upcoming tattoo celebrating the Air Forces 69th birthday later this September.The Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Air Force birthday week tattoo will be on Thursday, September 22nd with representation by various squadrons
The Band of the Northeast is excited to welcome two new musicians to our ranks as of August 2016. Staff Sergeant Dandrick Glenn, a trombone player, and Staff Sergeant Jermaine Smalls, a saxophonist, spent their first drill weekend with the Band of the Northeast on August 13-14, 2016. Both
I am pleased to introduce Captain Daniel Boothe--Maryland native, family man, cat lover. And, perhaps of slightly greater relevance, the new assistant director of operations for The United States Air Force Band, and associate conductor and flight commander of the Concert Band, Singing Sergeants, and
The U.S. Air Force Band recently partnered with the Headquarters Air Force Vietnam Commemoration Partner Program to present a concert honoring veterans of the Vietnam War. The event were held on July 22, and featured Celtic Aire, the Band's premier Celtic and Folk ensemble.For this special
The United States Air Force Band is proud to announce the release of a brand new app available today for download on iOS and Android devices. Designed to provide a better interface for viewing content on mobile devices, the app will help users find recordings, news about upcoming concerts and
On June 26th, the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West, led by Captain Dustin M. Doyle, performed at El Campanil Theatre to deliver a heartfelt performance with the likes of "My Country 'Tis of Thee", "Yankee Doodle", and many more. If you haven't experienced the talent of the U.S. Air Force Band,
Please join us in welcoming Washington Performing Art's Jenny Bilfield to the position of Honorary Commander (CC) of The United States Air Force Band! She is the second person to hold this title in the Band's 75 year history. The Honorary CC is a community representative and spokesperson for the
With Independence Day right around the corner, The United States Air Force Band is gearing up to celebrate our great nation! The many musical flights of The U.S. Air Force Band will perform multiple live and televised concerts in New York City and Washington, D.C., representing the Air Force on our
Sunset, the Air Force memorial and The United States Air Force Band! The gathering crowd prepared for a memorable evening; the Band prepared for a special announcement.After the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard presented the colors, Air Force leaders and Wesley Whatley, director of the band program for
On the occasion of The United States Air Force Band's diamond anniversary, we are delighted to offer this sonic sampling from our historic recordings. From the dawn of World War II, Airmen musicians have raised morale at home, entertained troops abroad and honored those who have made the ultimate
As The United States Air Force Band approaches its seventy-fifth birthday, we wanted to share an interview with one of The U.S. Air Force Band program's most impressive alumni.John Williams, one of the most popular and recognizable American composers of our time, recently sat down with Col. Larry H.
The Air National Guard Band of the Northeast is pleased to announce its summer concert tour for 2016. This year the Band of the Northeast will start in Central Pennsylvania and Northern Maryland performing four concerts from June 23 through June 26. The Band will kick off its summer tour for 2016
Members of the Air Force Strings recently traveled to the Kingdom of Cambodia at the invitation of the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, recreating a concert presented by The United States Air Force Band in May of 1956. The Air Force String Quartet, alongside two young professional Cambodian musicians,
Master Sgt. Anne Baker, soprano vocalist with the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants, sang the national anthem for her birth son's pilot graduation May 20, at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.1st Lt. John Lorbiecki was adopted shortly after birth by John and Patti Lorbiecki of Hubertus, Wisconsin. In
Join the Band of Flight June 11-12 as we celebrate the grand opening of the new hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. The new hangar will house a variety of aircraft including an Air Force One that was used by eight Presidents and the last remaining XB-70 Valkyrie, among
The United States Air Force Band's commander, Colonel Larry Lang shares his thoughts on the band's upcoming 75th anniversary.The Band will highlight its unparalleled heritage in a series of public concerts and events this summer from June 8th through June 12th.The United States Air Force Band traces
The Airmen of Note, the Air Force's premier jazz ensemble, wrapped up their 10-day tour of Texas and Louisiana with a show at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.The concert followed shows at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas and a
The United States Air Force Band's Airmen of Note recently completed a ten day community relations tour of Texas and Louisiana.The trip was part of the Band's mission to honor veterans, inspire patriotism and service, and positively impact the community on behalf of the United States Air Force. This
Four musicians from the Air Force's premier jazz ensemble, the Airmen of Note, visited with a Texas university's jazz-band students April 25 during an Advancing Innovation through Music Outreach trip. The Band members, gave the Lamar University students in Beaumont, Texas tips and guidance on how to
"Is that Alan Baylock?" an awed jazz student asks her professor at Texas Christian University, in Fort Worth, Texas, after a performance by the Airmen of Note, the Air Force's premiere jazz ensemble.Her professor, an alumni of "The Note," smiles, and says, "Hey, Alan Baylock, I'd like you to meet