Second Lieutenant Michael P. Flynn is the Flight Commander and Associate Conductor of the United States Air Force Band of the West located at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Flynn earned his commission from Officer Training School in 2019 at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.
Prior to his appointment with the United States Air Force Band of the West, 2d Lt Flynn was the Director of Bands and Brass Instruction at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, CO. His teaching duties included conducting the Western State Wind Symphony, Chamber Winds, and serving as the Music Director of the Western Brass Band Festival. Flynn has also worked as Director of Bands at Sheridan College, Sheridan Wyoming, and Director of Bands and Western Music Specialist at the Edward Said and Daniel Barenboim National Conservatory of Music located in Jerusalem and Bethlehem, Israel.
2d Lt Flynn holds a Doctorate in Trumpet Performance with a conducting cognate from the University of Miami, FL. Conducting mentors include Catherine Rand, Gary Green, Jerry Junkin, and Thomas Sleeper.
An advocate for new music for winds and percussion, Flynn recently conducted World Premiers of Craig Fitzpatrick's Leap of Faith, and Steve Danyew’s Into the Silent Land. Future consortium participation includes works by Omar Thomas and Björn Hallman.
2d Lt Flynn maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor and clinician, and has led regional Honor and Select Bands across the country. He also conducted the first ever performance of both the First Suite and Second Suite for Military Band by Gustav Holst in Bethlehem and Ramallah, Israel, and in Damascus, Syria during a concert tour in 2011.
As an orchestral trumpet player, 2d Lt Flynn has performed with symphonies and bands across the globe under conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Daniel Barenboim, Marian Alsop, Eduardo Marturet, Jeff Tyzik, Jerry Junkin, Frank Batisti, Eugene Corporon, and Garry Green.
In addition to his Doctorate in Trumpet Performance, 2d Lt Flynn is currently on track to complete his second doctorate in Wind Conducting at the University of Southern Mississippi.
2004: Bachelor of Music Education, Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA
2007: Master of Music, Trumpet Performance, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
2010: Doctor of Musical Arts, Trumpet Performance and Conducting, University of Miami, Coral Galbes, FL
2019: Officer Training School, Maxwell AFB, AL
2021 Anticipated: Doctor of Musical Arts, Wind Conducting, The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS
2021: Public Affairs and Communication Strategy Qualification Course, Defense Information School, Ft. Meade, Md.
December 2019 - present: Flight Commander, USAF Band of the West, Lackland AFB, TX