Chief Master Sergeant Nicole Shininger is the Chief Enlisted Manager for the USAF Band of Mid-America. She enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1996 and performs on clarinet and bass clarinet.
Originally from East Meadow, New York, Sergeant Shininger enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1996.
Prior to joining the United States Air Force she performed with many professional organizations including the Jackson Symphony, the Muskegon Symphony, and the Omaha Playhouse. She has also been an instructor at the Flint School of Music in Flint, MI and Miller Music Studio in Okemos, MI. Her teachers have included Frank Wangler, Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, Louis Rossi, Joseph Luloff, Barry Stees and Dan Stolper.
1993 Bachelor of Music Education, SUNY Potsdam, The Crane School of Music, Potsdam, NY
1996 Master of Music, Woodwind Specialist, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
April 1996 - May 1996 - Basic Military Training, Lackland Air Force Base, TX
May 1996 - Nov 2010 - USAF Heartland of America Band, Offutt, AFB, NE
Nov 2010 - July 2013 - USAF Band of Flight, Wright Patterson AFB, OH
Aug 2013 – Nov 2016 - USAF Band of Mid-America, Scott AFB, IL
Nov 2016 – Jun 2017 - USAFE Band, Ramstein Air Base, Germany
Jun 2017 – Jan 2018 - AFCENT Band, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar
Jan 2018 – Nov 2019 – USAFE Band, Ramstein Air Base, Germany
Nov 2019 – Present – USAF Band of Mid-America, Scott AFB, IL