SMSgt Cleveland A. Chandler Jr.


Senior Master Sgt. Cleveland A. Chandler Jr., is a violinist with the Air Force Strings, The United States Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, DC. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, his career in the Air Force began in 1997.  Chandler is the current unit fitness program anager for the Air Force Band.

Chandler graduated from the Baltimore School of the Arts in 1989. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. In 1995, he earned a Master of Music degree in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and in 1997 received a Professional Studies degree from the same institution.

Before joining the Air Force, Chandler participated in the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy, and the Moscow Conservatory International Summer School. While in Moscow, Chandler studied with Sergei Kravchenko and Victor Melnikov. Additionally, he studied at the Aspen Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute and Johannesen International School of the Arts in Victoria, Canada. He has performed with the Youngstown Symphony, Erie Philharmonic and the Akron Symphony Orchestra. His former teachers include Linda Cerone, David Russell, Shirley Givens, Daniel Heifetz and Irene Kohlmeyer.

Chandler's Air Force career highlights include performing at the 2009 presidential inauguration, various solo performances at the vice president's residence, and the 2015 New England strings tour.