Lt Col Michael D Hoerber


Lieutenant Colonel Michael D. Hoerber is the Commander and Conductor of the United States Air Force
Band of the Pacific, Yokota Air Base, Japan, and its detachment at Joint Base Pearl Harbor‐Hickam,
Hawaii. The Colonel is responsible for equipping, training and deploying this 41‐member squadron based
at two locations in 10 different musical configurations and aids in overseeing more than 450 annual
musical presentations. Since assuming command in August 2018, he has led strategic engagements in
support of Pacific Air Forces’ priorities by utilizing the international language of music to expand
relationships and foster trust with an increasingly diverse group of allies and partners across the Indo‐
Pacific region.

Lieutenant Colonel Hoerber joined the United States Air Force in July 2006. Upon graduation as a
Distinguished Graduate from Officer Training School at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery,
Alabama, Colonel Hoerber was assigned as Deputy Commander/Assistant Conductor of the USAF
Heartland of America Band at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska. He has since served as the
Commander/Conductor of the USAF Heartland of America Band (2009‐2011), the USAF Band of the
West at Joint Base San Antonio‐Lackland, Texas (2011‐2013) and the USAF Heritage of America Band at
Joint Base Langley‐Eustis, Virginia. (2013‐2018). The Colonel has deployed twice to Southwest Asia as
the Officer in Charge of the U.S. Air Forces Central Command Band in 2011 & 2016‐17. Units under his
leadership have been recognized with several awards to include the Air Force Public Affairs
Communication Excellence Award for “Most Innovative Program”. Additionally, his Airmen have been
featured with several Grammy winning and nominated artists to include Joe Bonamassa, Kris Allen, Chris
Daughtry, Jimmy Bruno and Harry Connick Jr.

Before joining the Air Force, Lieutenant Colonel Hoerber attended Arizona State University in Tempe,
Arizona, where he studied clarinet with Dr. Robert Spring and conducting with Dr. Timothy Russell, Dr.
Richard Strange, Dr. William Reber and Prof. Gary W. Hill. After completing both his Bachelor’s and
Master’s degrees, he became the Music Director of the North Valley Chamber Orchestra and the
Director of Bands at Paradise Valley High School in Phoenix, Arizona where in 2006 he was nationally
recognized by the Nobel Foundation as an Outstanding High School Educator.

1998 Bachelor’s Music Education – Instrumental Music, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
2000 Master’s Music Education – Instrumental Conducting, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
2006 Distinguished Graduate, Officer Training School, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL
2007 Air and Space Basic Course, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL
2012 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL
2013 Public Affairs Qualification Course, Defense Information School, Ft. George G. Meade, MD
2019 Air Command and Staff College (by correspondence), Maxwell Air Force Base, AL

Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal
Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
National Medal of the Arts
National Defense Service Medal
Global War or Terrorism Expeditionary Service Medal with bronze star device
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border and oak leaf cluster

Air and Space Basic Course (ASBC), Class 07B – Top Flight Member
ASBC, 2007 – Col (Ret.) "Bud" Day “Bone‐Crusher” Award (Most Athletic Flight) Member
2007 Air Combat Command (ACC) Public Affairs Company Grade Officer of the 2nd Quarter
2009 ACC Public Affairs Company Grade Officer of the 3rd Quarter
2009 ACC Public Affairs Communication Excellence ‐ Outstanding Band Company Grade Officer
2009 ACC Public Affairs Company Grade Officer of the Year
2017 ACC Public Affairs Field Grade Officer of the Year
2019 Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) Public Affairs Field Grace Officer of the Year

Second Lieutenant: 29 Sep 2006
First Lieutenant: 29 Sep 2008
Captain: 29 Sep 2010
Major: 1 Nov 2016
Lieutenant Colonel: 1 Feb 2021