Jazz Ambassadors Saxophone
THE UNITED STATES ARMY FIELD BAND FROM WASHINGTON, DC
Sergeant Major Andrew Layton
Sergeant Major Andrew Layton was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, but raised in the great state of Washington. After attending Kentridge High School in Kent, Washington, a school nationally recognized for its excellence in music, he attended the Berklee School of Music. After two years, he transferred to the University of North Texas. While there, he played lead alto saxophone with the prestigious Two O’Clock and One O’Clock Lab Bands. SGM Layton graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1999, and shortly thereafter became the lead alto saxophonist with the Jazz Ambassadors. SGM Layton and his wife Debbie have been married since 2001 and welcomed their first child, Sidney, in the summer of 2009.
Master Sergeant Patrick Shook
Born and raised in Spokane, Washington, Master Sergeant Pat Shook currently plays tenor saxophone and woodwinds with the Jazz Ambassadors. MSG Shook earned a Master of Music degree at the University of North Texas and a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Idaho. When not touring the country with the Jazz Ambassadors, he maintains an active teaching, recording, and performing schedule in the Washington, DC, and Baltimore areas. As a Summit Records recording artist, MSG Shook has released two albums as co-leader: “The Shook-Russo-Young Quartet featuring Greg Gisbert” and “So Far From Home.”
Sergeant First Class Bradford J. Danho
Sergeant First Class Bradford J. Danho is a native of Cranston, Rhode Island, and has played tenor saxophone with the Jazz Ambassadors since 2008. SFC Danho earned a Master of Music degree from the University of North Texas, where he played lead alto saxophone with the world-renowned One O’Clock Lab Band and shared the stage with jazz legends such as Phil Woods and Benny Golson. He also received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the Hartt School of the University of Hartford. He has studied saxophone with James Riggs and Michael Menapace and flute with Mary-Karen Clardy. SFC Danho has shared the stage with such artists as Bob Mintzer, Maria Schneider, Pete Christlieb, Bill Holman, Eddie Daniels, and Dick Oatts. He is a two-time alumnus of the Henry Mancini Institute and was a finalist in the 2004 North American Saxophone Alliance Jazz Competition.
Staff Sergeant Mercedes Beckman
Staff Sergeant Mercedes Beckman joined The United States Army Field Band in 2018.
Staff Sergeant Michael Chamberlin
Staff Sergeant Michael Chamberlin joined The United States Army Field Band in 2017.