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SSgt Meghan Yankowskas

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Staff Sergeant Meghan Yankowskas, a native of Londonderry, NH, joined the Air Force Bands in September 2015. She began her time with the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America at Scott AFB before moving to the United States Air Forces in Europe Band at Ramstein AB in 2019.

Sergeant Yankowskas’ accomplishments include clinching second place in the MyAirForceLife Worldwide Talent Competition, multiple solo performances with the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, attending Fifth House Ensemble’s Fresh Inc. festival, and many recitals and master classes across the country. She is also a member of Third Millennium World’s Fair, an experimental folk tribute to St. Louis that has performed at events such as Make Music St. Louis, the Webster Arts Fair, and Showcase STL. Previously, she served as the clarinet professor at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, IL.

Always striving to create something new and unique, Sergeant Yankowskas uses technology as a tool to enhance her performance capabilities, whether it be through composing electronic music, utilizing live loops and other effects, or incorporating pre-recorded material, such as interviews, into an entire recital. In 2019, she presented her lecture, “Beep-Boops and You: Combining Electronics with ‘Classical’ Instruments 101” at the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest in Knoxville, TN. She can be seen performing original electronic music throughout the local music scene in her spare time.

Sergeant Yankowskas attended the University of New Hampshire and Bowling Green State University, studying clarinet under Dr. Elizabeth Gunlogson and Kevin Schempf respectively. Her other interests involve songwriting, graphic design, thrift shopping, her two cats (Marla and Pancake) and hand-crafting corny puns.

EDUCATION
2013 Bachelor of Music in Music Education, University of New Hampshire
2015 Masters of Music in Clarinet Performance, Bowling Green State University
2019 CMSAF Bud Andrews Airman Leadership School, Scott AFB, IL

ASSIGNMENTS
July-September 2015, Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, TX
September 2015-October 2019, USAF Band of Mid-America, Scott AFB, IL
October 2019-present, USAFE Band, Ramstein AB, Germany

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Air Force Training Ribbon
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Medal
Air Force Good Conduct Medal
NCO PME Graduate Ribbon
Air Force Longevity Service Award
Air Force Commendation Medal

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
2016 Airman of the Quarter Jul-Sept, Band of Mid-America, Scott AFB, IL
2016 New Musician of the Year, Band of Mid-America, Scott AFB, IL
2016 MyAirForceLife Worldwide Talent Competition, 2nd Place – Musical Variety Division
2017 Airman of the Quarter Jul-Sept, Air Mobility Command/Public Affairs
2018 Air Force Media Awards, First Place – Small Instrumental Composition or Arrangement
2019 John L. Levitow Award, Airman Leadership School, Scott AFB, IL
2019 Airman of the Quarter Apr-Jun, Air Mobility Command/Public Affairs

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Airman First Class 11 September 2015
Senior Airman 21 November 2017
Staff Sergeant 01 July 2019