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NEWS | Nov. 17, 2008

Air Force Entertainment searches for band members

By Headquarters, Air Force Services Agency

The Air Force 2009 Talent Search is searching for musicians who want to perform as part of a team - in a band.

All kinds of Air Force musicians are encouraged to go online and apply at The deadline for the application and audition video is Dec. 2. Each application will be individually evaluated and the top talent will be picked to compete at the higher-level competition.

Airmen picked as competitors will be offered the choice to compete either as a soloist or with other musicians at the Worldwide Talent Search competition.

Most musicians and listeners of popular music enjoy a great drum solo. However, a lot of musicians like the sounds coming from a group that's "in the groove" and well-rehearsed. Many musicians are fearful of compete as a soloist when their skills are showcased best while performing with peers.

The Air Force understands this.

The result is a new category for the 2009 Air Force Talent Search. The "band" category will be composed of musicians who applied for the 2009 Worldwide Talent Search but felt their talents were better highlighted while part of a group.

The current 2009 talent call, MISSION AUDITION, provides Active duty, Guard and Reserve members the opportunity to try out for the prestigious first and second place trophies, fondly called "Roger and Wilco" during the Air Force Worldwide Talent Search competition, Jan. 11-19, 2009, at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

"This process of putting instrumentalists together to perform in one act is new this year. In the 70s and 80s, we had a judging category for bands, but these bands usually came as a group from individual bases or the major commands," Jeri White, Production Manager for Air Force Entertainment, said.

Ms. White added that the Air Force wants more band applicants this year and by reviving the popular band category and accommodating instrumentalists wishing to perform as part of a group, the service anticipates a larger number of musicians applying.

For more information on how to apply, visit  or call DSN 487-6566 or 210-652-6566.