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Master Sergeant Joseph Philpott

Master Sergeant Joseph Philpott plays clarinet with the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America. He is a member of the Concert Band, Midwest Winds Chamber Ensemble, and Ceremonial Band. He is also the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of the Ceremonial Band.

Sergeant Philpott is a native of Conyers, Georgia. He began studying clarinet at the age of ten while performing in band, orchestra, and chamber groups with family and friends.

He holds a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance from Northwestern University under the instruction of Russell Dagon and a Masters of Music Degree from the University of Georgia as a student of D. Ray McClellan.  Sergeant Philpott currently studies with retired St. Louis Symphony clarinetist, Tina Ward.  


2000 Bachelor of Music - Clarinet Performance, Northwestern University
2004 Master of Music - Clarinet Performance, University of Georgia

1. January 2011-June 2013, Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, Robins AFB, GA
2. June 2013-Present, United States Air Force Band of Mid-America

National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
AF Honor Graduate Ribbon
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Good Conduct Medal

Airman First Class 19 January 2011
Senior Airman 15 March 2013
Staff Sergeant 1 May 2015
Technical Sergeant 1 Dec 2019
Master Sergeant 1 Jan 2024