The Ceremonial Brass is the official ceremonial ensemble of the United States Air Force. Stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., it is one of six musical ensembles that form The U.S. Air Force Band. Featuring 41 active-duty musicians, the Ceremonial Brass provides musical support for funerals at Arlington National Cemetery, arrivals for foreign heads of state at the White House and Pentagon, patriotic programs, and change of command, retirement, and awards ceremonies.
The Ceremonial Brass can be traced back to 1964 when The United States Air Force Headquarters Command Band was incorporated into The U.S. Air Force Band as a ceremonial unit. It became an all brass and percussion ensemble in 1985 and was renamed the Ceremonial Brass. Today, this elite group is responsible for more than 1,000 ceremonial performances each year. Members often perform in smaller chamber music formations at formal military and civilian functions, education outreach events, and local concert venues.
As part of The U.S. Air Force Band, the Ceremonial Brass’ mission is to HONOR those who have served, INSPIRE American citizens to heightened patriotism and service, and CONNECT with the global community on behalf of the U.S. Air Force and the United States. The excellence demonstrated by the Ceremonial Brass reflects the excellence displayed by all Airmen stationed worldwide, whose selfless service and sacrifices ensure the freedoms enjoyed by citizens of the United States of America.