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is the Air Force's premier musical organization. The excellence demonstrated by the Band's Airmen musicians is a reflection of the excellence carried out 24 hours a day by Airmen stationed around the globe. Each member is proud to represent all Airmen, whose selfless service and sacrifices ensure the freedoms we enjoy as citizens of the United States of America. Since its formation in 1941, this world-class organization has inspired billions of listeners through its exhilarating music, engaging concerts and masterful recordings and continues to positively impact the global community.
tabOur History 
Thumbnail Image of USAF Band in 1941The United States Air Force Band's official military life began on September 24, 1941, with the formation of the Bolling Army Air Forces Band under the sponsorship of Lieutenant L.P. Holcomb, commanding officer of the Air Base Group at Bolling Field. Since that time, the Band has inspired the hearts and minds of countless listeners across the globe under the leadership of 12 diverse and talented conductors.

1941-1944: Alf Heiberg, Commander and Conductor

1944-1963: George S. Howard, Commander and Conductor

1963-1964: Harry H. Meuser, Conductor

1964-1985: Arnald D. Gabriel, Commander and Conductor

1985-1990: James M. Bankhead, Commander and Conductor

1990-1991: Amy R. Mills, Commander and Conductor

1991-1995: Alan L. Bonner, Commander and Conductor

Jan-May 1995: Mark R. Peterson, Commander and Conductor

May-Sep 1995: Keith R. Lance, Commander

1995-2002: Lowell E. Graham, Commander and Conductor

2002-2009: Dennis M. Layendecker, Commander and Music Director

2009-2010: Alan C. Sierichs, Commander and Music Director

Jun 2010-Jan 2012: A. Phillip Waite, Commander and Conductor

Jan 2012-Mar 2012: Ronald K. Frantz, Commander

Mar 2012-present: Larry H. Lang, Commander and Conductor


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tabThe USAF Band Mission and Statistics 
MISSION:
The U.S. Air Force Band honors those who have served, inspires American citizens to heightened patriotism and service, and positively impacts the global community on behalf of the U.S. Air Force and the United States of America.

VISION:
World-Class Air Force Communicators
Using the power of music to:
Inspire our audiences worldwide
Create innovative products and programs
Represent Air Force excellence

Through world-class musical presentations and ceremonies, The U.S. Air Force Band helps create bonds between the United States and the worldwide community. Using music to bridge language, cultural, societal and socio-economic differences, the Band's performances advance international relationships and inspire positive and long-lasting impressions of the U.S. Air Force and the United States of America.

The excellence demonstrated by our Airmen musicians is a reflection of the excellence carried out 24 hours a day by Airmen stationed around the globe. These professionals are proud to represent all Airmen, whose selfless service and sacrifices ensure the freedoms we enjoy as American citizens.

AUDIENCE:
- Global reach to billions through television, radio and the Internet
- Congressionally-mandated support of ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery
- Presentations at high-level events (including events for the President, Vice-President, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff of the Air Force), national outreach events and global deployments
- Performances designed to enhance morale and esprit de corps of our military servicemembers and their families
- Annual performance tours throughout the U.S.


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