Concert Band Saxophone
THE UNITED STATES ARMY FIELD BAND FROM WASHINGTON, DC
Master Sergeant Brian Sacawa
Master Sergeant Brian Sacawa is originally from Schenectady, New York and currently serves as Saxophone Section Leader and Saxophone Quartet Group Leader. Called “an inventive musician” (The New York Times), “inspired” (The Washington Post), and “brilliant” (Baltimore Sun), his versatile career has led to performances with ensembles such as the Detroit Symphony, New World Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and International Contemporary Ensemble. Additionally, MSG Sacawa is a frequent performer with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and appears on their upcoming recording of Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 3. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan, the Peabody Conservatory, and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where he studied with Donald Sinta, Gary Louie, and Lynn Klock.
Master Sergeant Christopher Blossom
Master Sergeant Christopher Blossom holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Music degree from Bowling Green State University. He has studied saxophone with Jason Berckley, John Sampen, Don Sinta, and bassoon with Richard Beene. As a freelance musician, MSG Blossom performs regularly in the Baltimore/DC area as a woodwind doubler. Outside of music, MSG Blossom enjoys honing his skills on the basketball court and spending time at home with his wife, Anne and three children, Desmond, Julian and Vera.
Sergeant First Class Daniel Goff
Sergeant First Class Daniel Goff is originally from Morgantown, West Virginia. Prior to joining The U.S. Army Field Band in 2009, SFC Goff served for six years in the 249th Army Band of the West Virginia Army National Guard. He holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Music degree from West Virginia University. His primary teachers include Curtis Johnson, David Wright, James Houlik, and Donald Sinta. SFC Goff has performed with the Moon River Big Band, the Maestros of Swing, Rick K and the Allnighters, the Morgantown Municipal Band, and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.
Staff Sergeant Shane Rathburn
Originally from Burnsville, North Carolina, Staff Sergeant Shane Rathburn joined The U.S Army Field Band in 2020. During his musical career, he has had the pleasure of performing as a soloist with the University of Hartford Wind Ensemble, University of North Carolina School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra, the Toe River Chamber Ensemble, and the Eastern Music Festival Symphony Orchestra. As alto saxophonist with Barkada Quartet, SSG Rathburn performs extensively as a guest clinician and artist-in-residence throughout universities and festivals throughout the Midwest and East Coast. He holds degrees from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford where he studied with Taimur Sullivan, Otis Murphy, and Carrie Koffman respectively.