The U.S. Air Forces Central Band (AFCENT Band) is the only permanently assigned Air Force Band to the Central Command Area of Responsibility. Located at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, the band is comprised of deployed Airmen from Active Duty, Reserve and Air National Guard bands.
The AFCENT Band is a versatile group that showcases dynamic musicians. They perform a wide variety of music ranging from Top 40, pop, R&B, country and jazz to rock and roll classics, appealing to audiences of all ages and backgrounds, positively promoting troop morale, diplomacy, and outreach to local communities. Members of the band are world-class musicians trained by some of the finest American and international music schools and conservatories, who have volunteered to use their talents to serve in the United States Air Force as full-time musicians.
Stationed near Doha, Qatar, the AFCENT Band travels throughout Central and Southwest. They play for Ambassadors, Embassy functions, community concerts, school assemblies, military functions and ceremonies, and other social events, entertaining diverse audiences and providing a friendly face and voice for the U.S. military to diplomats, citizens and foreign nationals.
U.S. AFCENT’s 21-nation Area of Responsibility includes Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Yemen.
U.S. AFCENT values developing strong relationships with our regional community. The AFCENT Band exemplifies this effort all across Southwest Asia, Central Asia, and beyond as it forms lasting connections with diverse audiences through the international language of music.