• Spotlight on Saxophonist’s Illustrious Career

    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 Band Concert Band, a position he has held since 2015. He will retire in June of 2022, celebrating 24 years of dedicated service with The U.S. Air Force Band.
  • Mission Accomplished! AFCENT Band Returns From Deployment

    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 members of The U.S. Air Force Band’s Max Impact and Singing Sergeants returned from a four-month deployment overseas.
  • Reflecting on a Decade of Service: An Interview with The United States Air Force Band’s Solo Piper, Master Sgt. Adam Tianello

    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 Forces. The U.S. Air Force Pipe Band was formed in 1950 but disbanded in 1970. Today, Master Sgt. Adam Tianello carries forth the legacy of American military pipe bands as the sole bagpiper in the U.S. Air Force. Sgt. Tianello recently passed the ten-year mark in his Air Force career. The following interview reveals more about his start as a bagpiper, his early career, and how his role as an Air Force piper has evolved over the past decade.
  • Tips for Teachers: Improving Self-Guided Student Practice

    “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 practice is necessary to be a successful musician in any capacity.
  • Bandsman Helps Fellow Man, Stays Cool Under Pressure

    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 295. Little did he know that day that his cool head and quick reaction time would possibly help save someone’s life.
  • Chief Master Sergeant (ret.) Brian Bowman: Euphonium Legend and Legacy

    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.
  • The U.S. Air Force Band Names Newest Honorary Commander

    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 named honorary commander of The U.S. Air Force Band.
  • Celtic Aire Spreads Wings North

    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 the Alaska State Fairgrounds in Palmer, Alaska.
  • The AFCENT Band Lifts Morale, Cements International Bonds

    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 morale overseas.
  • A Day in the Life of a Bugler

    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 is regarded as especially meaningful is paying tribute to our nation’s fallen heroes.