Staff Sergeant Andrew Detra serves as a bassist for the Band of the Pacific Hawaii as of January, 2014.
Joining the Air Force in 2011, SSgt Detra was assigned to the USAF Band of Mid-America, Scott AFB, IL where he served as a bassist. In 2014 he was assigned to the AF Band of the Pacific at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, Hawaii where he serves as a bassist and musical director for our jazz trio. While assigned to the Band of the Pacific he has participated in multiple international tours to locations such as Japan, Australia and Singapore.
Originally from Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, Sergeant Detra pursued a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire. Prior to joining the Air Force, he supported himself by playing orchestral, Jazz and commercial music. He has performed with the St. Louis Philharmonic, Maui Pops and Maui Chamber Orchestra as well as azz bands in Honolulu, St Louis, and Minneapolis.
2011 Bachelors of Music, University Wisconsin Eau Claire
2016 Associates in Music, Community College of the Air Force
2017 Airman Leadership School, Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, HI
1. 2011 - 2014 USAF Band of Mid-America, Scott AFB, IL
2. 2014 - Present USAF Band of the Pacific-Hawaii, Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, HI
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Air Force Achievement Medal
AF Outstanding Unit Award
AF Organizational Excellence Award, with one oak leaf cluster
AF Good Conduct Medal with one oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon
AF Longevity Service
USAF NCO PME Graduate Ribbon
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon star
AF Training Ribbon
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Airman First Class 27 Sep 2011
Senior Airmen 27 Jan 2014
Staff Sergeant 01 Sep 2017