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Senior Master Sergeant Timothy Stombaugh

Master Sergeant Tim Stombaugh is the percussionist and Section Chief of Resources with the United States Air Force Academy Band, Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado. 

Sergeant Stombaugh hails from Port Orange, Florida. He attended the University of North Florida where he earned a Bachelor of Music Performance with an emphasis in Jazz Studies. As an undergraduate, he was a member of the One O’clock Jazz Band and Jazz Combo which was twice awarded Downbeat magazine's "Best College Small Group" award. He was also honored as the UNF "Outstanding Jazz Musician" for 1998. He has performed professionally with Bunky Green, Bill Prince, Ernie Watts, Conrad Herwig, Al Hood, Barry Greene, and Loston Harris among others and has contributed to a substantial body of recorded work covering a wide range of musical styles. He has been called to substitute for Butch Miles in the legendary Count Basie Orchestra in addition to tours with the Broadway musicals "The Full Monty" and "42nd Street." He has also traveled the country with Alligator Recording artists "Mofro." MSgt Stombaugh has studied percussion with Charlotte Mabrey and Kevin Garry and drum set with Greg Hutchinson, Jim Rupp, Rick Kirkland, Peter Miles, and Steve Silverstein.

Sergeant Stombaugh enlisted in the United States Air Force in 2005 after auditioning and being selected for assignment to the United States Air Force Academy Band at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. There he served as a percussionist as well as Supply Technician, Antiterrorism Representative, Auditions Technician Enlisted Performance Report Monitor and Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of the Falconaires Combo. In 2013, he served as the Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of Systems Go and was the unit Safety and Training representative while assigned to the Band of Flight at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Sergeant Stombaugh was reassigned to the United States Air Forces in Europe Band in 2016.

Sergeant Stombaugh has deployed twice in support of operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM as a member of Air Force bands downrange. During this time, he performed for troops at numerous forward operating bases throughout Iraq and Afghanistan as well as for embassy and community relations events in Djibouti, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Kyrgyzstan.

1999 Bachelor of Music, Jazz Studies, University of North Florida
2009 Noncommissioned Officer Academy
2014 Associate of Music, Community College of the Air Force
2016 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy Correspondence Course

1. August 2005 – December 2013, USAF Academy Band, Peterson AFB, CO
2. December 2013 – November 2016, USAF Band of Flight, Wright Patterson AFB, OH
3. November 2016 – February 2022, USAFE Band, Ramstein AB, Germany
4. February 2022 – Present, USAF Academy Band, Peterson SFB, CO

Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold border
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon

Airman First Class – 14 Jun 2005
Technical Sergeant – 1 Aug 2005
Master Sergeant – 1 Aug 2015