Colonel Don Schofield is the commander and conductor of The United States Air Force Band. He is responsible for all activities of this 184-member squadron including equipping, training and deploying Airmen musicians to perform nearly 1,600 missions each year. He recently completed command with the United States Air Forces in Europe Band stationed at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, where he oversaw and directed more than 400 missions annually across Europe and Africa in a 104-nation area of responsibility.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Colonel Schofield received his bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Georgia, his master’s degree in music from Louisiana State University, and his doctoral degree from Boston University. Prior to receiving his commission at Officer Training School in 1997, Schofield was a public school band director for 6 years in Georgia. His previous commands include the United States Air Forces in Europe Band in Germany, the United States Air Force Academy Band at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado, the Band of the Air Force Reserve at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, and the Band of Mid-America at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Colonel Schofield also served as the Deputy Commander, 11th Operations Group and the Director of Operations for The United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C.
Major Jason S. PloschMajor Jason Plosch is the director of operations for The United States Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C., where he plans and oversees over 1,600 annual performances in the National Capital Region and across the United States. He previously served as the operations officer and Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) for Detachment 088, Sacramento State University, Sacramento, California, where he was responsible for the planning and execution of both the military and academic training of approximately 120 cadets.
Captain Christina A. MunceyCaptain Christina A. Muncey is a flight commander for The United States Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. She serves as the Officer-in-Charge of the Concert Band, the Airmen of Note, Productions, and Resources and Supply. She is responsible to the Band commander for oversight of equipping and training a 184-member unit to accomplish more than 1,600 missions annually.
Captain Muncey commissioned from Officer Training School at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, in April 2015. Prior to joining the Air Force, she served as Director of Bands at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. She held similar positions with the orchestra program at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, and served as Director of Instrumental Music at Wheat Ridge High School in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.
Captain Philip R. Emory is a flight commander for The United States Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. He serves as the Officer-in-Charge for the Air Force Strings, Singing Sergeants and Marketing & Outreach. He is responsible to the Band commander for functional oversight of operations, logistics, publicity and resource management to enable the success of the 184-member unit to accomplish nearly 1,600 missions each year.
Originally from Mesa, Arizona, Capt. Emory began studying violin at four years old. He earned a B.A. in Church Music and Viola from Bob Jones University in 2005. After college Capt.. Emory traveled nationally and internationally for three years serving as a string player and audio engineer for an evangelistic ministry led by Dr. Steve Pettit. He later attended the University of South Carolina to pursue conducting and viola studies, culminating in a M.M. degree in Conducting in 2010, and a Graduate Performance Certificate in Viola in 2013. His primary conducting mentors have been Larry Wyatt and Donald Portnoy with additional studies to include notable teachers such as Markand Thakar, Gustav Meier, Mark Gibson, and Donald Schleicher.
Chief Master Sergeant Patrick McDermott is the Chief Enlisted Manager for The United States Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. He is responsible to the Band’s commander for functional oversight of operations, logistics, publicity, resource management, training and readiness for the 183-member unit. Prior to his current assignment, Chief McDermott served as the Chief of Operations for The USAF Band.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Chief McDermott's career in the Air Force began in 2002 as a trumpeter in The USAF Band’s Ceremonial Brass. Prior to joining the Air Force, he earned both Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Music degrees from Carnegie Mellon University in 1999 and 2002.
Career highlights include participation in four presidential inaugurations, the State Funerals of former Presidents Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, and George H.W. Bush, and numerous appearances on NBC’s “TODAY”.
Master Sergeant Ruan BritsMaster Sgt. Ruan Brits is the First Sergeant, The United States Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. He serves as the key enlisted advisor to the Band’s Commander on matters concerning the welfare, career progression and mission readiness of more than 187 personnel. Sergeant Brits provides guidance and direction to squadron senior leadership on unit morale, career enhancement and discipline.
Sergeant Brits grew up in Pretoria, South Africa and enlisted in the Air Force in June 2000. He has an extensive background that includes vehicle maintenance, logistical support, fire protection and instructor duties at the DOD Fire Academy, Goodfellow AFB, Texas. Sergeant Brits has served as the First Sergeant for the 4th, 7th, and 8th Airlift Squadrons, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.