Senior Airman Erick Eckstrom is a native of Chicago, Illinois and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Illinois and a Master of Music degree from Indiana University. In the United States Air Force Academy band, he performs as the drummer with Blue Steel as well as Concert Band and Marching Band. SrA Eckstrom is proud to serve as the Operations/Tour Manager for Blue Steel, where he is in charge of booking their tours as well as coordinating logistics for local performances. While pursuing his Master’s degree he studied with Kevin Bobo, John Tafoya, Steve Houghton, and Michael Spiro. During this time, he placed second in the Black Swamp Percussion competition as well as placing 3rd in the PASIC solo percussion competition. He also performs with the Latin jazz quintet Nube Nueve around Colorado Springs.