Master Sergeant Alex J. Serwatowski performs on tuba in the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. In addition to his musical duties, he serves as the unit's Section Chief of Publicity.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Sergeant Serwatowski is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the St. Louis Conservatory of Music, earning the Diploma, and Graduate Diploma in Music Performance, respectively. His primary teachers include Gene Pokorny, Ronald Bishop, Wesley Jacobs, Michael Sanders, Rex Martin, and Toby Hanks.
Prior to his Air Force service, he was an active freelance musician performing with the St. Louis Symphony, the St. Louis Brass Quintet, and with numerous ensembles through the auspices of Young Audiences, Inc. He has been principal tubist of the St. Louis Philharmonic, the Mighty Mississippi Concert Band, the Gateway Festival Orchestra, and the Fox Theater Orchestra.
Career highlights include a 4-month deployment aboard the USNS Comfort as part of Operation Continuing Promise 2009, where he performed good-will performances throughout the Caribbean and Central America.
As a music educator, Sergeant Serwatowski has held faculty appointments at the University of Texas at San Antonio and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and is currently instructor of tuba at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
1986 Diploma, Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, Ohio
1988 Artist Diploma, St. Louis Conservatory of Music, St. Louis, Mo.
2001 Airman Leadership School, Lackland AFB, Texas
2011 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Lackland AFB, Texas
2013 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Course 14, Non-Residence
2015 Associates Degree: Music, Community College of the Air Force
2016 Professional Manager Certification, Community College of the Air Force
1. October 1997 - March 2011, USAF Band of the West, Lackland AFB, Texas
2. March 2011 - Present, USAF Heartland of America Band, Offutt AFB, Neb.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Air Force Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Good Conduct Medal with five oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon
Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:
Airman First Class August 6, 1997
Senior Airman December 6, 1999
Staff Sergeant August 1, 2001
Technical Sergeant February 1, 2007
Master Sergeant November 1, 2012
(Current as of May 2018)