Concert Band Trumpet
THE UNITED STATES ARMY FIELD BAND FROM WASHINGTON, DC
Master Sergeant Nicholas Althouse
Master Sergeant 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. MSG 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.
Master Sergeant Ward Yager
Master Sergeant Ward Yager grew up in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee, and calls Memphis his hometown. 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 joined The U.S. Army Field Band in 2004 and currently serves as Trumpet Section Leader and Leader of the Army Field Band Brass Quintet.
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, and was a member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra from 2004 to 2005. SFC Johnson remains active as a composer, arranger, teacher, and clinician, and also enjoys a second career as a writer of comics and graphic novels. His work has been published by DC Comics, Marvel Comics, BOOM! Studios, and more.
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.
Staff Sergeant Jeffrey Lewandowski
A native of Livonia, Michigan, Staff Sergeant Jeff Lewandowski joined The U.S. Army Field Band in 2018. He earned a Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Bachelor of Music degree from Grand Valley State University. Prior to joining the Army Field Band, he was a freelance musician throughout the United States. SSG Lewandowski has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, and many others. He has attended the Texas Music Festival, New York String Orchestra Seminar, Chautauqua Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra and the Weimar Bach Academy. SSG Lewandowski won first place in the International Trumpet Guild Orchestral Excerpts Competition, two first place prizes in the National Trumpet Competition Trumpet Ensemble Division, and was a three-time finalist for the NTC Solo Division.