Robert Thurston

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Robert Thurston


Senior Master Sergeant Robert Thurston was the non-commissioned officer in charge of the arranging staff and chief composer-arranger for The United States Air Force Band. Originally from Tallahassee, Florida, he began his Air Force career in 1994.

Sgt. Thurston earned bachelor's and master's degrees in music education from Florida State University, where he studied arranging and composition with Charles Carter and William Peterson. He has also studied with Chief Master Sgt. (ret.) Michael Davis, former chief composer-arranger for the Air Force Band.

Before joining the Air Force, Sgt. Thurston taught instrumental music in public schools in Florida and Ohio. He is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), and has several published compositions and arrangements to his credit.

Sgt. Thurston is an honorary Senior Chief Petty Officer in the United States Coast Guard, having attended the Coast Guard's senior enlisted academy in Petaluma, California. His military awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, USAF Basic Military Training Honor Graduate Ribbon and the USAF NCO PME Graduate Ribbon with one oak leaf cluster. Sgt. Thurston was also a Distinguished Graduate at the Non-Commissioned Officers Academy in 1998.

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