Throughout the history of armed conflict, military drill and discipline have been applied “by beat of drum.” Modern air forces weren't established until the 20th Century, and by nature did not require a corps of drummers for battlefield signals. Instead, the Air Force Drum Corps has evolved from within the Air Force Band in support of parade ground drill, ceremonies and commemorations.

The Air Force Drum Corps is a unique and versatile ensemble, ranging from solo snare drum, to a ceremonial display team including Drum-Major, snare drums, bass drum, piccolos and bugler; or as part of the central Ceremonial Band.

Through community and youth engagement, the Drum Corps actively inspires the Australian traditional drumming movement. With its military precision and technically demanding performances, the Air Force Drum Corps proudly reflects the professionalism and teamwork of an elite, highly skilled and motivated Air Force.