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The United States Air Force Band Leadership

Colonel Don Schofield Colonel Don Schofield

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.

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Major Jason S. Plosch
Major 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.

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Colonel Don Schofield

Captain Christina A. Muncey
Captain 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.

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Chief Master Sgt. Michael Piersol Chief Master Sgt. Patrick McDermott

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 184-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”.

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Master Sergeant Zachari Schneider
Master Sgt. Zachari Schneider is the First Sergeant, The United States Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. He serves as a critical link between the Band’s commander and enlisted personnel on readiness, health, morale, welfare, and quality of life. 

Sergeant Schneider grew up in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and enlisted in the Air Force in September 2000. He has an extensive background in aircraft maintenance as a crew chief and has worked on multiple aircraft to include the C-130, C-17, and the KC-10. He was also an instructor for aircraft maintenance fundamentals and C-130 crew chiefs at Sheppard AFB, Texas. Sgt. Schneider has served as the First Sergeant for the 11th Comptroller and Wing Staff Agencies, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland.

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