Audition date

Audition Date March 21-22, 2019
Application Materials due February 1, 2019

For more information on band officer/conductor auditions, contact:                                  

Lt Col R. Michael Mench
Chief, Air Force Bands Division
Secretary of the Air Force Office of Public Affairs
1690 Air Force Pentagon
Washington DC 20330-1690
(703) 693-2558



Applicants must:
  • Possess a bachelor's degree, preferably with a major in conducting, instrumental performance, or music education. A master's degree or doctorate in music is preferred, as the selection process is highly competitive. The typical past successful candidate has been an accomplished musician, well versed in band repertoire, possessing a master's degree or doctorate in music and five years of conducting experience

  • Be qualified to enter Officer Training School (OTS), be a member of Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC), or be a commissioned officer of the USAF on active duty. Civilian and enlisted applicants must be able to pass physical and written qualifying tests. Civilian applicants arrange these tests through a local Air Force recruiter and enlisted applicants arrange them through their local Military Personnel Flight. Applicants who meet the musical qualifications but do not meet these general physical and written requirements cannot be qualified for commissioning

  • Be less than 39 years of age on the date of commissioning in OTS.

  • Be a citizen of the United States.


The Chief of Air Force Bands reviews the packages that were received and contain a recommendation from active duty USAF band commanders who interviewed the applicants. Applicants are evaluated on professional qualities, leadership, depth and breadth of experience, past job performance and responsibilities, academic education, specific achievements, and other pertinent criteria. The Chief of Air Force Bands selects a limited number of applicants to invite to the final audition. Selection is based on the whole-person concept, using evidence of band officer potential.  The Chief of Air Force Bands will notify all applicants of their invitation or non-selection to attend the audition.


Civilian or enlisted candidates selected to become band officers are identified to the Air Force Personnel Center (AFPC) as eligible for entrance into Officer Training School (OTS). Upon graduating from OTS and commissioning as a second lieutenant, the new band officer will be assigned to a band as a flight commander with a four-year service commitment.

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