Carl Chevallard, Lt. Colonel (retired) United States Air Force, became the commander and conductor of The USAF Band of the Rockies in 1998. Between 1988 and 1998, he commanded Air Force bands in California and Alaska. His Air Force career began in 1983 as assistant conductor of The USAF Band in Washington, DC. Originally from Ohio, Chevallard earned a bachelor of music education degree from the Ohio State University and an MA and a PhD in music from the University of Iowa. His teaching career began in 1972 as director of instrumental music at the Walnut Township Schools in Millersport, Ohio, and advanced to faculty positions at Iowa Wesleyan College, Michigan State University, and San Jose State University.