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  • AFCENT Band: Opening doors through music

    As music begins to play, the crowd of deployed members at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, grows larger and larger to watch the Air Forces Central Command band perform. These dynamic musicians perform and tour in small ensembles throughout the Area of Responsibility, positively improving troop’s morale, diplomacy and providing outreach to host nation communities.
  • AFCENT Band, building relationships with a universal language

    Six Airmen are gathered in a room; darkness encompassing the walls, cords snake on the ground reaching tall, thin silver cylindrical stands. One paces back and forth, another hastily taps their heel on the ground. Suddenly the floor starts to elevate. As the floor reaches higher, the pacing stops, one Airman grasps a stick and raises it into the air. Another whips the cord away from the stand it once rested on. Hearts start to flutter as adrenaline rushes through their bodies. As their heads reach the top, smoke begins to fill the room, a loud bang from a drum is heard and the rest follow suit with their tools of the trade, greeted by the roar of the audience waiting for them.
  • AFCENT Band deploys to Iraq in support of Coalition partners

    For the first time since 2011, the U.S. Air Forces Central Command Band deployed to and performed in Iraq in June.  The band performed six times at three installations before more than 1,000 Coalition partners supporting operations against ISIS as part of Operation Inherent Resolve. The seven-member band’s mission is to strengthen morale and
  • AFCENT Band helps celebrate 70 years of U.S., Pakistan partnership

    The U.S. Air Forces Central Command Band helped celebrate 70 years of partnership between the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and United States at the American Embassy’s National Day.The AFCENT Band provided music and entertainment for the embassy-sponsored observances, including musical outreach performances at local schools, and an appearance on

    United States Air Forces Central Command band rocked as Americans and Emirates joined together to celebrated the birth of the United States a few months early, in the United Arab Emirates.
  • AFCENT Band Builds Cultural Bridge in Balbala

    The U.S. Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT) Band, in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti, performed for the Balbala E-Learning Center in Djibouti City, Djibouti, Jan. 10, 2018.The AFCENT Band’s mission was not only to perform a concert but also help build a bridge between American and Djiboutian cultures.The Balbala E-Learning Center,
  • The AFCENT Band, Touch-n-Go, records their punk rock rendition of the Air Force Song

    Members of the U.S. Air Force Central Command Band, Touch-n-Go, set up a temporary recording studio and cut their own punk rock rendition of the Air Force Song at Al Udeid, Air Force Base, Qatar, Sept. 21, 2017.
  • The AFCENT Band is using music to touch hearts and soften boundaries

    If you get the opportunity to watch the Air Force Central Command Band in action, you need to do it. Their enthusiasm and passion for music is contagious. The transcendent quality of music, coupled with the excellence of the musicians that play it, is a powerful combination. Music has been used by the U.S. Air Force for decades as an effective diplomatic tool.