Staff Sergeant Christopher Jackson is a bassoonist with United States Air Force Band of Mid-America. In addition to his musical duties, Sergeant Jackson serves as noncommissioned officer in charge of the Midwest Winds Quintet and Drum Major of the Ceremonial Band.
Sergeant Jackson is a native of Atlanta, GA, where he was fortunate to be introduced to the bassoon and study with Dr. Shelly Unger. Later on, Leon Daughrity and Dr. Bruno Paige would also heavily influence and guide his musical development.
Prior to enlisting in the Air Force, Sergeant Jackson received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music and University of Memphis, respectively. During that time, Sergeant Jackson’s primary bassoon teachers were John Hunt and Lecolion Washington.
As an active freelance musician, Sergeant Jackson has performed with the Rochester Oratorio Society (NY), Memphis Symphony (TN), Eroica Ensemble (TN), Jackson Symphony (TN), and the Westpfälz Symphony Orchestra (Germany).
2006 - Bachelor of Music Performance, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, NY
2008 - Master of Music Performance, Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, University of Memphis, TN
2011 - Doctor of Musical Arts (ABD), Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, University of Memphis, TN
2016 - Airman Leadership School, Vogelweh AB, Kaiserslautern, Germany
Dec 2010 - Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB
Mar 2010 - US Air Force Band of the Reserve, Robins AFB
July 2012 - Air Forces in Europe Band, Ramstein AB
Aug 2018 - US Air Force Band of Mid-America, Scott AFB
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
National Defense Medal
Global War on Terrorism
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Airman First Class: 28 Dec 2010
Senior Airman: 28 Apr 2013
Staff Sergeant: 01 Jan 2016