Second Lieutenant Justin W. Lewis ('10 M.M.) serves as flight commander and associate conductor of the U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band in Langley, Virginia. He received his commission as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Officer Training School at Maxwell Air Force Base in August, 2012.
From Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Justin received his master's degree in cello performance in 2008, an instructional I certificate in 2009, and a master's degree in orchestral conducting in 2010. He is currently enrolled as a doctoral student at Catholic University where he is studying cello and conducting.
Lewis has appeared as a conductor throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East, South America and the Caribbean with such diverse ensembles as the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Orchester, the Orquesta Sinfónica de las Americas, the National Orchestral Institute, the U.S. Air Force Concert Band, and the Singing Sergeants.
A truly special conducting appearance occurred on Sunday, February 17 when Justin conducted the 360-voice Mormon Tabernacle Choir and 80-piece orchestra in a performance of Beethoven's Hallelujah (from the oratorio Mount of Olives) during the choir's weekly radio broadcast, “Music and the Spoken Word.” He received this honor after winning a contest on Facebook.
Justin entered the contest by submitting a creative video. It included examples of him conducting in various locations, including in front of a battleship. He commented, “I felt a little ridiculous filming the video, but the result came out looking less ridiculous than when I was just standing out in the middle of the street!”
Justin and his wife, Jennifer, a violist and a staff sergeant in the U. S. Army Band "Pershing's Own," are the proud parents of two boys.