The Ceremonial Brass is the official ceremonial ensemble of The United States Air Force. Stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., it is one of six musical ensembles that comprise The U.S. Air Force Band. Featuring 38 active duty Airmen musicians, the Ceremonial Brass includes brass and percussion instrumentalists, a bagpiper and a drum major. The ensemble provides musical support for funerals at Arlington National Cemetery in various configurations to include 16-member ensembles for full-honor funerals and individual buglers to render taps. Additionally, the Ceremonial Brass supports state arrivals at the White House, full-honor arrivals for foreign dignitaries at the Pentagon, patriotic programs, and change of command, retirement and awards ceremonies.
The origins of the Ceremonial Brass trace back to 1964 when The United States Air Force Headquarters Command Band was incorporated into The U. S. Air Force Band as a ceremonial unit. It became an all brass and percussion ensemble in 1985 and was renamed “The Ceremonial Brass.” Today, this elite group is responsible for more than 1,000 ceremonial performances each year. Members often perform in smaller chamber music formations, such as quartets and quintets, at military and civilian ceremonial functions, education outreach events, and local concert venues.
As part of The U.S. Air Force Band, the Ceremonial Brass honors those who have served, inspires American citizens to heightened patriotism and service, and connects with the global community on behalf of the U.S. Air Force and the United States. The excellence demonstrated by these Airmen musicians is a reflection of the excellence displayed by Airmen stationed around the globe. Each member is proud to represent all Airmen, whose selfless service and sacrifices ensure the freedoms we enjoy as citizens of the United States of America.
LEADERSHIPFlight ChiefChief Master Sgt. Christopher K. MartinSuperintendentSenior Master Sgt. Kenneth R. OedemannDrum MajorSenior Master Sgt. Daniel P. ValadieAssistant Drum MajorMaster Sgt. Joshua Michael Cullum
Senior Master Sgt. Kenneth R. OedemannMaster Sgt. David Michael KucharskiMaster Sgt. Brian C. StilesMaster Sgt. Joshua Henry LiesMaster Sgt. Karl P. SweedyMaster Sgt. Matthew MisenerTechnical Sgt. Nathan D. ClarkTechnical Sgt. Michael RamosTechnical Sgt. Michael BrestTechnical Sgt. Adrian HoltonTechnical Sgt. Jason CoveyTechnical Sgt. Kristin J. CazenaveFRENCH HORNSenior Master Sgt. Kent A. WyattMaster Sgt. Kathleen L. FitzpatrickMaster Sgt. Michael Alan HampfMaster Sgt. Joel Brian WealerTechnical Sgt. Christopher H. BrownTechnical Sgt. Kevin GraselTROMBONEMaster Sgt. Aaron J. MoatsMaster Sgt. William TimmonsTechnical Sgt. Timothy HilgertTechnical Sgt. Christine Purdue JonesTechnical Sgt. Kaz KruszewskiTechnical Sgt. Andrew ReichTechnical Sgt. Darren Workman
EUPHONIUM Technical Sgt. Erik LundquistTUBAMaster Sgt. Jess Allen LightnerTechnical Sgt. Roy L. Wimbush Jr.Technical Sgt. Willie E. ClarkTechnical Sgt. Ben Malmer
PERCUSSIONChief Master Sgt. Christopher K. MartinSenior Master Sgt. Nathan Everett LavySenior Master Sgt. Brian Roger MannMaster Sgt. Thomas RarickTechnical Sgt. Kenneth Riehman
BAGPIPETechnical Sgt. Adam Tianello