Chief Master Sgt. Stacy Newbrough Ascione is the Flight Chief and principal flutist of the Concert Band, The United States Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. Originally from Iowa City, Iowa, her career began in 1997 as a flutist with the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West stationed at Travis Air Force Base, California. In 1999, she became a member of The U.S. Air Force Band.
Ascione is a 1996 graduate of the University of North Texas, where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance. She then continued her studies at Northwestern University under the tutelage of world-class flutist Walfrid Kujala, graduating with a Master of Music degree in 1997.
Before joining the Air Force, Ascione was winner of the National Flute Association's Piccolo Masterclass Competition in 1995. She was invited to tour with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra as piccolo soloist, and also toured the U.S. and Russia as piccoloist with the American-Russian Youth Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev. Additionally, she has performed with the Apollo Orchestra, American Festival Pops Orchestra, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Prince William Symphony Orchestra, the Maryland Choral Society Orchestra, the Solano Symphony Orchestra, the Garland Symphony Orchestra and the East Texas Symphony Orchestra. Ascione has also done extensive studio work with the American Symphonic Winds and the Washington Winds.
Ascione has studied with renowned flutists such as Elizabeth Rowe, Laurie Sokoloff, Linda Lukas, Mary Karen Clardy, Terri Sundberg, Kathleen Chastain and Margaret Linnan Kegel.