Published February 26, 2013
The United States Air Forces in Europe, Air Forces Africa Band is the Command Band of USAFE-AFAFRICA, representing the United States and its Air Force at the highest level of diplomatic, ceremonial, local and international community relations.
Stationed at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, "America's Musical Ambassadors" have a performance tradition spanning 60 years. In that time, the band has built an extensive outreach entertaining military and civilian audiences throughout Europe, Southwest Asia, and Africa. The USAFE-AFAFRICA Band is one of the oldest musical units in the Air Force and is the only Air Force Band stationed in Europe.
The 60-member unit is comprised of several performing ensembles including; the Concert Band, Ambassadors jazz ensemble, Touch 'n Go popular music group, Direct Hit popular music group, Wings of Dixie Dixieland jazz band, the Ceremonial/Marching Band, Five Star Brass Quintets, Head Winds, and Winds Aloft Woodwind Quintets and protocol combos, solo vocalists and instrumentalists. Each group travels extensively, presenting over 300 performances each year for both civilian and military audiences.
Concert audiences will hear musical selections that reflect the great diversity of America's musical art forms from classical to Latin, show tunes to modern jazz, rock and pop and of course, the traditional big band sound. In addition to performing live concerts, the USAFE-AFAFRICA Band may be heard on radio and television broadcasts and recordings that bring the distinctive sound of America to millions of people across the continent.
The USAFE-AFAFRICA Band is frequently recognized for its exceptional and meritorious service. Recently awarded the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award, the USAFE-AFAFRICA Band has also been presented with six Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards; a testament to the band's high professional performance standards in its role as "America's Musical Ambassadors" of goodwill.