Chief Master Sgt. Ryan L. Carson is flight chief and a tenor vocalist in the Singing Sergeants, The United States Air Force Band, Washington, D.C. He is originally from Rapid City, South Dakota. His career in the Air Force began in June 1999.
A 1999 graduate of the University of Wyoming, Carson earned a Bachelor of Music degree, specializing in vocal performance. While there, he garnered a first place award at the Colorado/Wyoming National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition, and was also named Outstanding Male Vocal Jazz Soloist at the University of Northern Colorado Jazz Festival. Carson was also a distinguished graduate and commandant award finalist at the Noncommissioned Officers Academy in 2003. Additionally, he was the Superintendent and lead vocalist for the premier rock band Max Impact until 2018. Under his leadership Max Impact garnered 6 consecutive first place awards in the United States Air Force media competition in the Outstanding popular Song category, setting the standard for musical excellence. Carson served as Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of the United States Air Forces Central Command Band for Air Forces Central Command in 2016 and has deployed five times in support of Operations Iraqi freedom, Enduring Freedom, Inherent Resolve and Resolute Support.
Chief Carson has been featured on performances for several major sporting events including, NASCAR, The NFL, MLB, ESPN and Super Bowl 49. He has shared the stage with entertainment greats like, Sinbad, Drake White, Peter Cetera, Lee Greenwood, Chaka Khan, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Charley Pride, Kool and the Gang, JoDee Messina, Wynonna, Sara Evans, George Duke, American Idols Rueben Studdard, Kris Allen and Melinda Doolittle, Jeff Foxworthy, Geena Davis, The Three Mo Tenors, Jesse McCartney, Tony Danza, Bill Conti, Ronan Tynan, Lonestar, Louis Gosset Jr., Blair Underwood, Aretha Franklin and Clint Black.