SrA Ryu Yamakawa serves as a guitarist with the USAF Band of the Pacific, Pacific Showcase jazz ensemble. A native of Chiba, Japan, and resident of Tampa, Florida he enlisted in the Air Force in February 2017. Ryu graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in professional music. While earning his degree, he toured Europe as a sideman guitarist with various performing groups. He has studied with Tomo Fujita, Mick Goodrick, John Baboian, and Tim Miller. SrA Yamakawa worked with Princess Cruises as a House Band Musician from 2014 to 2016, touring the coast of Asia from Russia to New Zealand, as well as the West Coast of North and South America.
1. USAF Heritage of America Band, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA, April 2017 -2019
2. USAF Band of the Pacific, Yokota Air Base, Tokyo, Japan November 2019 -
2014 Bachelor of Professional Music, Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA