Jazz Ambassadors Trombone
THE UNITED STATES ARMY FIELD BAND FROM WASHINGTON, DC
Staff Sergeant Matthew Corrigan
Originally from Troy, Michigan, Staff Sergeant Matt Corrigan has been playing music his entire life, starting on piano at the age of six and picking up the trombone a few years later. In 2015, Matt received a Bachelor of Music from the University of North Texas where he was a member of the prestigious, Grammy-nominated One O’Clock Lab Band. After getting his undergraduate degree, Matt briefly studied at the University of Southern California before leaving to join the Jazz Ambassadors in the fall of 2017. While at North Texas and Southern California, Matt studied with Tony Baker and Andy Martin, respectively. He also studied composition and arranging in classes taught by Rich DeRosa and Bob Mintzer.
Staff Sergeant Zachary Steele
Staff Sergeant Zachary Steele was born in Houston, Texas, and attended the University of North Texas from 2011-2015. While attending UNT, he studied with Tony Baker and Chris Seiter, performed with the UNT Latin Lab Band, the Two O’Clock Lab Band, and the One O’Clock Lab Band, and performed with greats Marshall Gilkes, Doc Severinsen, and Bobby McFerrin. He cites Pat Metheny, Tony Baker, Jan Kagarice, and Jay Saunders as the biggest influences on his music/jazz education. SSG Steele now resides in Maryland with his wife, where he enjoys disc golfing and woodworking.
Staff Sergeant Kyle Johnson
Originally from College Station, Texas, Staff Sergeant Kyle Johnson holds degrees from Texas State University and The Juilliard School. In 2011, he was selected to perform with the Disneyland All-American College Band. As a band member, he performed over 200 shows at Disneyland and accompanied guest artists such as John Clayton and Arturo Sandoval. In 2013, he won the International Trombone Association’s Carl Fontana Competition, and his jazz trombone ensemble Hill Country Jazz Bones, won the Eastern Trombone Workshop’s Jazz Trombone Ensemble Competition. SSG Johnson enjoys performing jazz and latin music as well as composing and arranging.
Staff Sergeant Sean Casey
Staff Sergeant Sean Casey hails from Lake Jackson, Texas, just south of Houston. He began playing trombone at 10 years old. Sean has had a wide variety of musical experiences including performances with the ACDA honor choir, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute’s Wind Ensemble, and the 2008 Gibson-Baldwin Grammy Jazz Ensemble. He was named as a finalist in the 2009 International Trombone Association’s Yaxley competition, and he performed more recently with the 2011 Disneyland All-American Collegiate Band. While studying at the University of North Texas, SSG Casey was a member of the Two O’Clock Lab Band for three years under the direction of Steve Wiest. His other interests include photography, graphic design, metal, leather, and wood work, audio engineering, and architecture.