Staff Sergeant Derek Wilson currently serves as a vocalist for the Band of the Pacific Hawaii as of April, 2017.
Joining the Air Force in 2015, SSgt Wilson was assigned to the USAF Band of Mid-America, Scott AFB, IL. In 2017 he was assigned to the USAF Band of the Pacific at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, Hawaii. While assigned to the Band of the Pacific he has participated in multiple international tours to include China, Australia, Singapore, and New Zealand.
Originally from Indianapolis, IN, SSgt Wilson holds a Bachelor of Science in Vocal and General Music from Ball State University in Muncie, IN. Prior to joining the Air Force he performed in multiple production shows at Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH, and was the male lead in a production show on the Norwegian Jewel Cruise Ship where he traveled from New York City, Florida, and to the Bahamas. He also worked for D&G Entertainment Design at Carowinds in Charlotte, NC.
SSgt Wilson has studied with professional vocalist and adjunct professor of voice at Webster University, Debby Lennon, as well as Jodi Cotton, professor of musical theater and voice at Ball State University in Muncie IN.
2011 Bachelor’s Degree in General Music Education from Ball State University
2019 Airman Leadership School, Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, HI
2015 - 2017 USAF Band of Mid-America, Scott AFB, IL
2017 - Present USAF Band of the Pacific-Hawaii, Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, HI
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Good Conduct Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
Air Force Longevity Service
United States Air Force NCO PME Graduate Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon
2015 - 2017, USAF Band of Mid-America, Scott AFB, IL
2017 – Present USAF Band of the Pacific-Hawaii, Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, HI
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Airman First Class 19 MAR 2015
Senior Airman 27 MAY 2017
Staff Sergeant 3 APR 2019