SMSgt Bradley S. Bennett
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Senior Master Sgt. Bradley Bennett is a tenor vocalist with the Singing Sergeants, The United States Air Force Band, Washington, D.C. In addition to his performing duties, he is the unit evaluations NCOIC and AIM coordinator for the Singing Sergeants. A native of Kent, Ohio, Bennett's career in the Air Force began in January 2000.
Bennett's musical career began at the early age of 7 while singing at the Carousel Dinner Theatre in Ravenna, Ohio. His interest in music continued through high school when in 1987 and 1988 he attended the Interlochen Arts Camp as a member of the musical theatre, theatre, and choral music programs. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Kent State University (KSU) in 1996, specializing in vocal performance. While at Kent State, Bennett studied under James Mismas. He performed several roles including Frederic in "The Pirates of Penzance" and Jesus in "Godspell." Bennett was also a featured soloist and member of the KSU Chorale. He was also a two-time winner of the Tuesday Music Club's Scholarship competition and a recipient of the Irene Beamer Memorial Scholarship.
During his Air Force career, Bennett has performed in several notable events, including the Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial Service, the September 11th - Flight 93 Remembrance Ceremony, and the Ronald Reagan State Funeral Service in the Capitol Building Rotunda. He was a featured soloist for Washington, D.C.'s 2003 National Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony and the national anthem vocalist for the 55th presidential inauguration. He has also performed with José Feliciano, Rita Coolidge, Lee Greenwood, Simon Estes and Gary Morris.
In 2013, Bennett deployed with a small group from The U.S. Air Force Band who traveled to Quatar, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan in support of diplomatic and troop morale initiatives as a part of Operation Enduring Freedom.