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Staff Sergeant Claude Lumley

Staff Sergeant Claude Lumley comes from an Air Force family and spent most of his high school years in San Antonio, Texas.  Before auditioning for the USAF in October 2018, he lived in Houston for two years freelancing and teaching in the Houston area all while also pursuing a Doctoral in Musical Arts degree at the University of Houston. Prior to his Doctoral studies Sgt. Lumley served in the 392nd Army Band stationed at Ft. Lee, Virginia as a Horn player and audio engineer. His primary Horn instructors have included Bill VerMuelen, Robert Johnson, Peter Kurau, Jeffrey Powers, Jay Feree and Michael Gast. Sgt. Lumley has performed with artists in varying genres such as Indigo Girls, Lee Greenwood, Mac Powell and Wintley Phipps: in shows and musicals such as Cirque du Soleil, Oklahoma and Jurassic Park in Concert: and in orchestral and operatic works with the Houston Symphony, Houston Ballet, San Antonio Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic and Mobile Symphony. Sgt. Lumley also records for Film and TV, can be heard in international commercials and in the soundtrack of the international Bollywood release Gangubai Kathiawadi.

For the Air Force Sgt. Lumley has worked as music director of a music performance team, broadcast engineer, audio engineer, videographer, photographer, video productions technician, and social media technician. Sgt. Lumley performs with the Band of Mid America’s concert & ceremonial band and with the woodwind quintet, Midwest Winds.


Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Performance, Baylor University, Waco, TX, 2011
Master of Music Degree in Horn Performance and Literature, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY, 2013
Army School of Music, Joint Base Little Creek, Fort Story, VA, 2014
Doctorate of Musical Arts, University of Houston, Houston, TX, In Progress
Airman Leadership School, Scott Air Force Base, IL, 2021


Jun 2014: 392nd Army Band, Fort Lee, VA
Mar 2020: USAF Band of Mid-America, Scott Air Force Base, IL


Army Commendation Medal
Good Conduct Medal
National Defense Service Medal
AF Longevity Service
USAF NCO PME Graduate Ribbon
Army Service Ribbon


New Airman Musician of the Year, USAF Band of Mid-America, 2020
Airman of the 2nd Quarter, USAF Band of Mid-America, 2020
Airman of the 2nd Quarter, Air Mobility Command HQ, 2020
Airman of the 1st Quarter, USAF Band of Mid-America, 2021


Private 1 Jan 2014
Specialist 1 Mar 2014
Senior Airman 1 Mar 2020
Staff Sergeant 1 Sep 2021