The United States Air Force Band's Diversity Fellowship

The United States Air Force Band uses music to bridge language, cultural and socio-economic differences to advance international relationships and inspire positive and long-lasting impressions of the United States Air Force and the United States of America.

The Diversity Fellowship is a unique opportunity for selected musicians to rehearse and perform with one of the six ensembles that make up the Band. Fellowship recipients will gain valuable first-hand experience of what it’s like to perform as a member of The United States Air Force Band. Travel, lodging, and per diem will be provided.

Fellowship Benefits

  1. A week-long residency with The United States Air Force Band during its summer series (late May - August) to include rehearsal and performance opportunities throughout the Washington, D.C. metro area

  2. Travel, lodging, and per diem will be provided

  3. Fellows who choose to audition for The United States Air Force Band in the future will be advanced to the semi-final live audition round with no pre-screening requirement (where applicable)



The application deadline is May 20th. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis thereafter until available Fellowship positions have been filled.
All interested applicants should submit:
Recordings of three contrasting excerpts or songs that demonstrate the musician’s strengths in the field they would like to be considered (i.e. jazz solo for the Airmen of Note, band or orchestral excerpts for the Concert Band, songs in varying languages or tempi for the Singing Sergeants)


The Fellowship is open to any U.S. citizen completing their formal education or in the early stages of their musical career. Ideal candidates will bring a diverse background of musical and personal experiences. 

Fellowship positions are open to instrumentalists and vocalists that are represented in the following ensembles: 

Concert Band: Featuring 52 musicians, the Concert Band performs across the United States via biannual tours, engages the local community in our nation's capital through numerous concert series, and reaches millions globally through live radio, television, and internet broadcasts.

Fellowships are available for flute, piccolo, oboe, English horn, Bb clarinet, bassoon, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, bass trombone, euphonium, tuba, string bass, percussion, timpani, harp, and piano. 

Air Force Strings: This ensemble of 17 musicians performs a wide range of musical styles, from classical symphonic selections and Broadway show tunes to classic rock, bluegrass, and patriotic compositions. The ensemble often entertains audiences at high-level military and government events in a formation known as the Strolling Strings.

Fellowships are available for violin, viola, cello, and double bass. 

Singing Sergeants: Featuring 20 vocalists and a four-member instrumental combo, the Singing Sergeants support military and civilian ceremonial and diplomatic functions, education outreach events, and concerts throughout the National Capital Region and the United States. They perform as a full chorus as well as soloists in a wide variety of genres from pop to opera. 

Fellowships are available for vocalists of all voice types, guitar, bass, drums, and keyboard. 

Airmen of Note: Created in 1950 to continue the tradition of Major Glenn Miller's Army Air Forces dance band, the current band consists of 18 musicians. Through the years, the Airmen of Note has presented its own brand of big band jazz as well as more contemporary forms of jazz to audiences via biannual tours across the United States, concerts around the world, and local performances throughout metropolitan Washington, D.C. 

Fellowships are available for trumpet, trombone, bass trombone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, keyboard, guitar, bass, drums, and vocalists. 

Max Impact: Featuring six musicians, Max Impact regularly presents high-intensity rock/pop performances throughout the nation and abroad. The ensemble supports events at the White House, State Department, Department of Defense, and numerous other high-level military and civilian functions to advance international diplomacy with America’s allies and strategic partners.

Fellowships are available for vocalists, guitar, drums, bass, and keyboard. 

Additional Information

Please contact the Diversity Fellowship team at with any additional questions you may have about this program.