The Band of the West would like to introduce one of its newest members, Deputy Commander 2nd Lieutenant Joseph Hansen! 2nd Lieutenant Hansen, originally from Gunnison, Colorado, graduated Officer Training School in October of 2009, and joined the Band of the West shortly thereafter.
Prior to joining the Air Force, 2nd Lieutenant Hansen was a music educator in the Colorado Springs area, teaching all levels of band--elementary through high school. After living in Colorado Springs, among many people serving in the military, his desire to serve grew and he auditioned as a pianist for the Army National Guard band. He begun drilling with the Army Guard, but before he left for Basic Training, he auditioned for and won a conducting position with the Air Force. 2nd Lieutenant Hansen is excited to be in the band and looks forward to touring, performing for communities, troops and spreading the Air Force message through music.
See members of the band perform here, and an interview with their commander as well!