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Technical Sergeant Matthew Erickson
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Technical Sergeant Matthew C. Erickson is a bass trombonist with the USAF Band of the West, where is assigned to the Concert Band, Ceremonial Band, Brass in Blue brass ensemble, and Freedom Brass Quintet. Additionally, he is the Non-Commission Officer in Charge of the unit's computer section and Assistant Drum Major.

Sergeant Erickson graduated from Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn High School, Iowa, in 1996. In May 2000, he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of South Dakota. In July 2000, he graduated from Air Force Basic Military Training as an Honor Graduate and the Most Outstanding Airman for the 323rd Training Squadron. Sergeant Erickson graduated from Airman Leadership School in November 2004 with the highest leadership and academic honor, the John L. Levitow Award. Through the Community College of the Air Force, TSgt Erickson earned his Associate's Degree in Music in 2005. In May 2009, Sergeant Erickson earned a Masters of Music degree in trombone performance from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He was also a 2013 recipient of the Colonel Finley R. Hamilton Outstanding Military Musician Award for all Department of Defense musical organizations. Sergeant Erickson graduated the Robert D. Gaylor Non-Commissioned Officer Academy as a Distinguished Graduate and nominee for the Commandant's Award in February 2014.

Under his musical leadership, the USAF Brass in Blue has twice performed at the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson, WY, appeared in concert with the Kansas City Symphony, and presented "Slides Across the Heartland" featuring 76 high school and college trombonists from the Omaha metro area. Additionally, Sergeant Erickson oversaw 12 world premieres or commissions to include Eric Richards' "Concerto for American Trombone," written for Joseph Alessi and Brass in Blue in 2008. In 2009, Sergeant Erickson led Brass in Blue on a 72-day deployment to Qatar, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kyrgyzstan.

As a bass trombone soloist, Matthew has also been featured on six Midwestern tours with the USAF Heartland of America Concert Band, two New England tours with the USAF Band of Liberty Concert Band, and also appeared as soloist with the Sioux City (IA) Municipal Band, the USD Concert Band, the Buena Vista University (IA) Wind Ensemble, the University of Nebraska-Omaha Trombone Choir and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Trombone Choir. In March 2002, he was the guest soloist with the Augustana College Trombone Choir at the Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington, D.C. In March of 2014, Sergeant Erickson performed the Chris Brubeck Bass Trombone Concerto with the New England Conservatory Symphonic Winds in Boston's famed Jordan Hall to open the College Band Directors National Association Regional Conference.

When not on duty with the Air Force, Sergeant Erickson is active in many musical pursuits. From 2012-2013, he was selected as the Music Director and Conductor of the Bay Colony Brass in Boston, MA. He led the 21-member ensemble in community concerts at various venues throughout Boston. As an ensemble performer, he has performed with San Antonio Symphony, Omaha Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Lincoln (NE) Symphony Orchestra, Sioux City (IA) Symphony, Bay Colony Brass, Nebraska Jazz Orchestra, Omaha Big Band, Jim Widner Big Band, Continental Trombone Quartet, Omaha Trombone Quartet, Omaha Brass Ensemble, and Upstream Brass Quintet.

TSgt Erickson has been awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Air Force Good Conduct Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Air Force Recognition Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border, and Military Training Honor Graduate Ribbon.

He also distinguished himself with the following awards: USAF Heartland of America Band Airman of the Quarter Jul-Sep 2003 and Apr-Jun 2004, John L. Levitow Award, Airman Leadership School Class O4-H, 2004 HQ ACC/PA Airman of the Year, 2004 ACC Band Airman of the Year, 2004 ACC Public Affairs Band Airman of the Year, 2004 USAF Public Affairs Band Airman of the Year, 2005 AFSA Storz Award Finalist, USAF Heartland of America Band NCO of the Quarter Jul-Sep 2006 and Oct-Dec 2008, 2009 USAF Heartland of America Band NCO Public Affairs Excellence in Communications Award, 2009 ACC NCO Public Affairs Excellence in Communications Award, USAF Band of Liberty NCO of the Quarter Oct-Dec 2011, Electronic Systems Center / Special Staff NCO of the Quarter Oct-Dec 2011, USAF Band of Liberty Musician of the Quarter July-Sep 2012, Colonel Finley R. Hamilton Outstanding Military Musician Award, Distinguished Graduate, Robert D. Gaylor Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, Class 14-2, and USAF Band of the West NCO of the Quarter, Jan-Mar 2014.



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