Airman First Class Max Crofton is a tubist with the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America, where he performs in the Concert Band, Ceremonial Band, and Airlifter Brass Quintet.
A1C Crofton holds a Master of Music Degree from Indiana University, a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Murray State University and is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Indiana University. His primary teachers include Dan Perantoni and Ray Conklin.
As a performer, A1C Crofton has won/advanced in many competitions. In the Summer of 2019, he served as the principal tuba of the Round Top Festival Institute in Round Top, Texas; in the summer of 2018, he served as principal tuba for the Disneyland All-American College Band in Anaheim, California. In 2017, A1C Crofton was the principal tubist for the Kentucky Intercollegiate Band and was also selected to perform in the National Intercollegiate Band that same year. A1C Crofton won the 2016 Paducah Symphony Orchestra (KY) Concerto Competition, allowing him to solo with the Orchestra that same year; he was also a semi-finalist in the 2016 ITEC Mock Band Competition in Knoxville, TN. A1C Crofton has performed with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra (IN), Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra (IN), Columbus Symphony Orchestra (IN), Paducah Symphony Orchestra (KY), and the U.S. Air Force Concert Band (D.C.).
As a teacher, A1C Crofton’s collegiate teaching experience includes serving as Associate Instructor in the Music Education and Brass Department at Indiana University, an Adjunct Professor of Music at Lincoln Trail College (IL), as well as giving masterclasses to various programs throughout the United States.
2017 - Bachelor of Music Education - Murray State University
2019 - Master of Music - Indiana University
In Progress - Doctor of Musical Arts - Indiana University
November 2020 - January 2021, Basic Military Training, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas
January 2021 - Present, USAF Band of Mid-America, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Medal
Basic Military Training
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Airman First Class 7 January 2021
Senior Airman 17 March 2023