Concert Band Trumpet
THE UNITED STATES ARMY FIELD BAND FROM WASHINGTON, DC
Master Sergeant Ward Yager
Master Sergeant Ward Yager calls Memphis, Tennessee his hometown and joined The U.S. Army Field Band in 2004. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland, a Master of Music degree from the University of North Texas, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Memphis. MSG Yager has recorded for Klavier Recordings, GIA Publications, and Summit Records, and served as an instructor at summer camps and festivals at the University of Memphis and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. His teachers include Chris Gekker, Keith Johnson, John Holt, and David Spencer. MSG Yager is a member of the Army Field Band Brass Quintet and serves as Leader of the Army Field Band’s Chamber Music Series. He currently serves as the Trumpet Section Leader.
Sergeant First Class Nicholas Althouse
Sergeant First Class Nicholas Althouse is a native of Salem, Ohio. He attended the University of North Texas for Doctoral studies and has earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Arkansas and a Bachelor of Music degree from The Ohio State University. He also holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Baroque Trumpet Performance from the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. SFC Althouse has performed throughout the United States and Europe in ensembles and as a soloist on both modern and baroque trumpets. He performs in the Concert Band trumpet section and the Chamber Brass as well as serving as the band’s Production Manager. Prior to joining the The U.S. Army Field Band in 2008, he served with the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band, the United States Air Force Europe Band, the 106th Army Band, and as a paralegal in the Air Force Reserve.
Sergeant First Class Phillip Johnson
Sergeant First Class Phillip Kennedy Johnson earned a Master of Music degree from the University of North Texas, where he served as Teaching Fellow for the Department of Jazz Studies, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Eastern Kentucky University. SFC Johnson has performed with the Lexington Philharmonic, Dallas Opera, Washington Symphonic Brass, and the Moscow Ballet. He was a member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra from 2004-2005. SFC Johnson is active in the Baltimore/Washington, DC area as performer, teacher, clinician, and arranger, and enjoys a second career as a writer of comics and graphic novels. His work has been published by DC Comics, BOOM! Studios, IDW Entertainment, and Scout Comics.
Staff Sergeant Ryan Brewer
Staff Sergeant Ryan Brewer is a native of North Richland Hills, Texas and joined The U.S. Army Field Band in 2016. He earned a Master of Music degree from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Texas. SSG Brewer maintained a private studio and performed as a freelance musician in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area for several years, and has performed with the National Repertory Orchestra, Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, Richardson Symphony Orchestra, Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra, and the Texas Music Festival Orchestra. As a soloist, SSG Brewer has been named a finalist at multiple competitions within the International Trumpet Guild and was a semi-finalist for the New World Symphony and National Trumpet Competition. His primary teachers were Gary Wurtz, Keith Johnson, Adam Gordon, and John Holt.
Staff Sergeant Tiffany Hoffer
Staff Sergeant Tiffany Hoffer earned a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University. Prior to joining The U.S. Army Field Band, SSG Hoffer was an active freelancer in New York City, performing with various ensembles such as the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, Richmond County Orchestra, and the Patriot Brass Ensemble. She has attended music festivals around the country, including Spoleto Festival USA, Aspen Music Festival, Chosen Vale International Trumpet Seminar, and the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute. She has also been a semi-finalist several times in the National Trumpet Competition’s high school, undergraduate, and graduate solo divisions. SSG Hoffer’s primary teachers include Vincent Penzarella, John Rommel, and her own father, Gil Hoffer.