Starlifter is the popular music ensemble for the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America. It is a seven-piece group of active duty Airmen-musicians. The group performs a wide range of musical styles including rock, pop, jazz, and country, as well as traditional patriotic songs. Starlifter showcases Air Force excellence to millions of people each year, performing throughout the midwest across a ten state area of responsibility. Starlifter’s musical versatility provides an exciting and engaging event for military and civilian audiences at home or overseas.
Because of their unique and diverse programs, the musicians of Starlifter are in great demand both at home and abroad. This group proved an overwhelming success in a recent three month deployment to Southwest Asia in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. They visited six countries, entertaining and raising the morale of United States service men and women, coalition forces, and civilians. In 2010, Starlifter went on a four month humanitarian and civic assistance deployment to seven Central and South America and Caribbean countries. They performed for more than 34,000 people in 90 different locations. In addition, Starlifter is slated to perform outreach missions throughout US Central Command.
Starlifter is a component of the Band of Mid-America, which is the musical ambassador of Air Mobility Command. The Band of Mid-America was established in 1942 at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri. In 1960, the band began working from its present home at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, as the principal representative of the Military Air Transport Service and Military Airlift Command, both predecessors of Air Mobility Command. In any given year, the Band of Mid-America and its component ensembles perform more than 400 engagements for millions of people.
As part of the USAF Band of Mid-America, Starlifter honors those who have served, inspires a heightened sense of patriotism and service in all Americans, and connects with the local community on behalf of the United States military. The excellence demonstrated by these Airmen musicians is a reflection of the excellence displayed by all services members stationed at home and around the globe.