Noted! Singing Sergeants bring holiday cheer to AFDW
By Master Sgt. Amaani Lyle, Air Force District of Washington Public Affairs
/ Published December 19, 2018
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Maryland -- The Singing Sergeants jingled all the way to the lobby of the William A. Jones III building here, where Air Force District of Washington employees and visitors gathered to hear the U.S. Air Force’s official chorus perform holiday carols.
The 23-member ensemble stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C., offers 200 performances annually featuring a wide range of musical styles, from traditional Americana, opera, and choral standards to modern Broadway and jazz.
Esprit de corps and diplomacy are hallmarks of the musical troupe, who entertain both accompanied and a capella in various configurations such as duets, Barbershop quartets and specialized musical ensembles at military and civilian ceremonial and diplomatic functions, education outreach events, and local concerts throughout metropolitan Washington, D.C.
The Singing Sergeants originally formed as a men's chorus in 1945 from the rank and file of The U.S. Army Air Forces Band, and became the first premier military chorus to enlist women in 1973, diversifying their mission and increasing their scope of musical versatility.