Air Force Bands & Vocalist performance with Audience Q&A
Air Force Bands presents a three-piece jazz combo plus vocalists to perform a free concert at Actors Pro Expo. Our performance will be followed by an informational presentation, including details about Air Force Bands and our mission, and how to audition. The session will conclude with a Q&A in which audience members are encouraged to participate.
Staff Sergeant Michelle Doolittle is a vocalist with the USAF Band of the Golden West, Travis AFB, CA. SSG Doolittle has been praised as a versatile vocalist, performing a wide variety of styles from classical to jazz to pop. A high-pressure performer, she has been seen in televised performances for the MLB World Series, NFL Monday Night Football, and NBA games broadcast to millions across the globe. SSG Doolittle holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from The New England Conservatory of Music, as well as a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from California State University, Fullerton. Her teachers include Ruth Gerson, and Professors Patricia Prunty and Lisa Saffer.
Staff Sergeant Robert Wolfe is a guitarist with the United States Air Force Band of the West. He currently performs in Dimensions of Blue, Warhawk, and the Concert Band. A native of Altus, Oklahoma, he graduated from Altus High School in 2009 and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 2013. In 2014 he began work on his Master’s degree in Jazz Performance at the University of Central Oklahoma. Before finishing his Master’s degree he left to join the Army as an active duty bandsmen to be stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. He deployed in 2017 with the 1st Cavalry Division Band to Afghanistan. In his spare time, SSG Wolfe likes to explore San Antonio and spend time with his family.
SSG Wolfe has studied guitar with Robert Chambers, Matthew Denman, Danny Vaughan, and the Romero Guitar Quartet
Airman First Class Leah Fox is a vocalist for the USAF Band of the West located in San Antonio, TX. She joined the Air Force in January 2019 after living and working in New York City. She attended Otterbein College before transferring to, and graduating from, Point Park University in 2008 with a B.A. in Musical Theatre. A1C Fox’s vocal talents are highlighted as she is the lead singer for the jazz big band, the rock/pop ensemble, and the 40-piece concert band. She is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association and honored to be serving her country with The United States Air Force.
Airman First Class Julie Keough-Mishler is the lead vocalist and plays acoustic guitar and ukulele for Wild Blue Country. She began her Air Force career in November of 2018, when she was assigned to the USAF Academy Band in Colorado Springs. Hailing from Waldorf, MD, Julie earned her B.A. in Music and Theatre Arts in 2002. From there, she has performed all over the world in cities such as New York, NY, Washington, D.C., Budapest, Hungary, Phoenix, AZ, Pigeon Forge, TN and aboard Celebrity’s GTS Summit, before making Lancaster, PA her home for over 10 years. In Lancaster, she’s appeared at the Fulton Opera House, American Music Theater, Dutch Apple Theatre, and flown solo with her guitar at various small venues. Since joining Wild Blue Country, Julie has performed with them on Sirius XM Radio, Fox and Friends, and Coors Stadium among other venues around the U.S.
Airman First Class Edward Knoeckel is a pianist, educator, and composer. He earned a doctorate degree in composition and holds master’s degrees in music education and music theory. He has presented research at national conferences on film music theory and narrative analysis of music. His compositions are distributed by J.W. Pepper. His film scores and compositions have been awarded by the Brooklyn Short Film Fest, D.C. Indie Film Fest, and the National Federation of Music Clubs. Currently, he is an adjunct faculty member at George Mason University teaching on film music while also serving as pianist in the USAF Band of the West. Prior to active duty he was a pianist and music director for the ARNG 102nd Army Band. He has a teaching certification in Connecticut and taught music at a college preparatory magnet school and music theory at Central Connecticut State University. He is married with three children.
Senior Airman Jason Galbraith is a saxophonist with the United States Air Force Band of the West where he is assigned to the Concert Band, Ceremonial Marching Band, Dimensions in Blue Jazz Ensemble, Horizon Saxophone Quartet, and is the music director of Warhawk, the unit’s rock band with horns, and Blue Sky jazz combo. A native of Northern California, he earned both his Bachelor's and Master’s degree in Jazz Studies from California State University, Sacramento. SrA Galbraith began his Air Force Career in 2015 and has been stationed at Joint Base San Antonio, Lackland since. In addition to his official Air Force duties SrA Galbraith maintains a busy schedule performing throughout South Texas.