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Staff Sergeant Brian Lumpkin

Staff Sergeant (SSgt) Brian Lumpkin is an Audio Engineer with the United States Air Force (USAF) Heritage of America Band, where he is a member of the Concert Band, Rhythm in Blue, Blue Aces and Full Spectrum. SSgt Lumpkin has traveled the world providing audio support for the Serbian Military Binički Band, South African Air Force Entertainment band, 1st Battalion Royal Australian Regiment, and many more within the European, African and Indo-Pacific region. In 2017, SSgt Lumpkin performed as the co-lead engineer for the Ystad Military Tattoo in Sweden leading 3 separate multinational production teams, overseeing the audio requirements for 9 performing ensembles. It was a tremendous privilege to represent and perform as an American Airman for the many different nations.

SSgt Lumpkin holds two Associate degrees, Audio Production Technologies (AAS), and General Studies (AS) with Emphasis in Sound Design for Theatre and Film, from Mesa Community College, Mesa, Arizona (Magna Cum Laude). Instructors include Andy Seagle, Keith Heffner, and Tina Makris. He has studied music performance with Robert Hunter, Eric Haenfler, Bill Bitter, and Kevin Bennett.  He has also individually studied percussion performance with Wardell King.  SSgt Lumpkin has also studied Audio Engineering in masterclasses with Robert Scovill (Avid, Tom Petty FOH), Clive Alcock (Diana Krall FOH), Karl Winkler (Lectrosonics), Patrick Killianey (Yamaha Professional Audio), Pat Brown (Pro Sound Training), and Todd Wines (Miranda Lambert FOH).

Prior to enlisting in 2009, SSgt Lumpkin spent time as a freelance Audio Engineer, Stagehand, and Theatre Sound Designer.  He received a nomination to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for his Sound Design and original musical composition for Henrik Ibsen’s, “An Enemy of the People”, representing the Mesa Community College Theatre Department.

2006 Associate of Applied Science, Audio Production Technologies, Mesa Community College, Mesa, AZ
2008 Associate of Science, General Studies with Emphasis in Sound Design for Theatre and Film, Mesa Community College, Mesa, AZ
2008 Arizona General Education Certificate, Mesa Community College, Mesa, AZ
2015 Airman Leadership School, Yokota Air Base, Japan
2019 Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Enhancement Course, Ramstein Air Base, Germany

1. Jul 2009 - Apr 2012, USAF Band of the West, Lackland AFB, TX
2. April 2012 - Apr 2016, USAF Band of the Pacific-Asia, Yokota Air Base, Japan
3. Jun 2016 - Jul 2020, United States Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany
4. Aug 2020 - present, USAF Heritage of America Band, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA

Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
Air Force Good Conduct Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Overseas Ribbon Long
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
Air Force Longevity Service
USAF NCO PME Graduate Ribbon
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship (Rifle and Pistol)
Air Force Training Ribbon

2014 Airman of the Quarter, 2nd Quarter, USAF Band of the Pacific-Asia
2014 Airman of the Quarter, 2nd Quarter, Headquarters PACAF 

Airman 1st Class 26 May 2009
Senior Airman 27 Sep 2011
Staff Sergeant 01 Sep 2015

(Current as of March 2022)