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The United States Air Force Strings


The Air Force Strings is the official string 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 comprise The U.S. Air Force Band. The Air Force Strings consists of 20 active duty Airmen musicians performing a wide range of musical styles, from classical symphonic selections and Broadway show tunes to classic rock, bluegrass and patriotic compositions. The ensemble often entertains audiences at high-level military and government events in a formation known as the Strolling Strings. Providing a multi-dimensional experience, the instrumentalists surround the audience performing from memory without the aid of a conductor.

On other occasions, the Air Force Strings joins forces with other musicians from within The U.S. Air Force Band to perform music for chamber, symphonic and studio orchestras. Additionally, performers from the ensemble appear regularly at military and civilian ceremonial functions, education outreach events and concerts in the metropolitan Washington, D.C area. The wide-ranging flexibility of the Air Force Strings allows the ensemble to provide the highest caliber of musical support for any occasion.

Innovation has always been the hallmark of the United States Air Force, and the Air Force String Orchestra is no exception. Telling the Air Force story to a new crowd and a new generation, the Air Force String Orchestra has a reputation of excellence and presents cutting-edge music at concerts throughout the national capital region. In addition to being advocates and promoters of American composers, the Air Force String Orchestra breaks down political barriers and encourages global cultural dialogue as international musical ambassadors.

Watch Past Performances

Video 9/3/2019: The United States Air Force String Quartet

The Air Force String Quartet performs works of Richard Strauss and Beethoven.

Video 4/15/2018: SHIFT: United States Air Force Strings

The United States Air Force Strings from Washington, D.C., will present a diverse performance of classic and new literature for string orchestra.

Presented as a part of SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras.