SSgt Nicholas Ciardelli


Staff Sergeant Nicholas Ciardelli is a trumpet player with the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West, Travis AFB, CA.  Originally from Beach Haven, NJ his Air Force career began in 2011.

Sgt. Nicholas Ciardelli is a 2009 graduate of The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA where he earned a Bachelor in Trumpet Performance.  In 2015, he received a Masters degree from West Chester University, West Chester, PA.  His teachers include Matt Gallagher and George Rabbai at University of the Arts, and Jean-Christophe Dobrzelewski at West Chester University.  Prior to joining the Air Force, Sgt. Ciardelli has performed with: Aretha Franklin, Joe Piscapo, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Harry James Orchestra, The Artie Shaw Orchestra and Ringling Brothers Circus.   Sgt. Ciardelli has performed at the 2009 and 2010 Montreal Jazz Festival, as well as performing as lead trumpet with the Philadelphia Orchestra for their 2010 and 2011 Summer Concert Series.  Since moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, Sgt. Ciardelli has performed with groups such as: The Tommy Igoe Big Band, The Pacific Mambo Orchestra,

Sgt. Ciardelli's career highlights have been: performing alongside of The San Francisco Symphony and performing at the 2012 and 2014 Monterey Jazz Festivals.  Currently, Sgt. Ciardelli is the unit's Audition Coordinator as well as the Operations Representative for the Ceremonial Band.

2015 Master of Music in Trumpet Performance, West Chester University, West Chester, PA
2009 Bachelor of Arts in Trumpet Performance, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Air Force Commendation Medal
AF Organizational Excellence Award
AF Good Conduct Medal
National Defense Service Ribbon
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
AF Longevity Medal
USAF NCO PME Graduate Ribbon
AF Training Ribbon

March 2012 - Present Band of the Golden West, Travis AFB, CA

SSgt May 1, 2016
SrA April 26, 2014
A1C February 19, 2012

(current as of August 2016)