SMSgt Richard C. Baisden joined the United States Air Force Academy Band, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, in August 2017. He currently serves as the Superintendent of the Air Force Academy Band. Sergeant Baisden entered the Air Force as a guitarist in May 1997. He has performed in 12 countries for numerous dignitaries and Heads of State, and appeared on two compact disc recordings. In 2012 Sergeant Baisden deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He has held key musical and administrative leadership positions to include NCOIC of musical ensembles, Additional Duty First Sergeant, Resource Advisor, and Director of Operations.
Prior to assuming his current position, SMSgt Baisden completed an assignment at the Pentagon where he served on the Air Staff as Superintendent, Air Force Bands Division. His duties included operations policy and guidance for more than 600 Airman musicians. He also served as the primary contact for inquiries, requests, and exceptions to policy waiver issues pertaining to Air Force Band performances as made by the White House, Congressional delegations, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Secretary of the Air Force, Air Staff, and field units.
1996-Bachelor of Music, Guitar Performance, Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA