Jazz Ambassadors Trumpet
THE UNITED STATES ARMY FIELD BAND FROM WASHINGTON, DC
Sergeant Major Kevin Watt
Sergeant Major Kevin Watt is the Element Leader for the Jazz Ambassadors. Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, he earned a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Hope College. He has performed with a number of renowned musicians, including Christian McBride, Geri Allen, Phil Woods, Arturo Sandoval, Eric Marienthal, J.J. Johnson, Dick Oatts, and Butch Miles, and has recorded with vocalist Sara Jones, Trio Da Paz, the Jerry Ascione Big Band, and the University of North Texas One O’ Clock Lab Band. SGM Watt also previously served as recording producer helping to engineer and produce more than ten recordings for The U.S. Army Field Band.
Sergeant Major John Altman
Originally from Long Island, New York, Sergeant Major John Altman joined The U.S. Army Field Band in 1999. After completing his Bachelor of Arts degree at Centre College of Kentucky, SGM Altman performed professionally in the Miami and Chicago areas before completing his Master of Music degree in Jazz Pedagogy and Performance at Northern Illinois University. Since joining the Army Field Band, he has performed in the Jazz Ambassadors (2012-present) and Concert Band trumpet sections (1999-2012), The Embassy Brass Quintet, Chamber Brass, and the Federal Brass. As a lead trumpet player, SGM Altman has performed and recorded with such artists as Ernie Watts, Slide Hampton, John Fedchock, Harold Jones, Al Martino, Marcus Roberts, Claudio Roditi, and Cecil Bridgewater. SGM Altman is the Road Manager for the Jazz Ambassadors and is an official unit photographer for The U.S. Army Field Band.
Sergeant First Class Thomas C. Davis
Born in Arkansas and raised in Arlington, Texas, Sergeant First Class Thomas Davis began playing trumpet at the age of 11 and later attended James Martin High School. He received his undergraduate education from the University of North Texas, where he performed with the prestigious One and Two O’clock Lab Bands. Before joining the Jazz Ambassadors in 2013, SFC Davis was an active freelance musician and horn arranger in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. He has performed with Gladys Knight, The Temptations, and Dave Brubeck, and has recorded with various gospel acts in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. SFC Davis also enjoys composing music, playing electric bass, and working out with kettlebells.
Staff Sergeant Preston Haining
A Minneapolis native, Staff Sergeant Preston Haining joined the U.S. Army Field Band in 2019. He received his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas, where he had the privilege of performing with the One and Two o’clock Lab Bands. After graduating from UNT, he spent time in Minneapolis before landing in Los Angeles, CA. He enjoyed an active freelance career in the LA area before and after spending a year and a half on the road with the national tour of Roundabout Theater Company’s production of Cabaret the Musical. He currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife, Amy. In his free time, SSG Haining enjoys playing the bass, reading about space exploration, roasting coffee, and hanging out at home with his two cats.