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SSgt Michael Morris

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Staff Sergeant Michael Morris is originally from Greenville, South Carolina.  Before auditioning for the USAF in June 2011, he lived in Chicago for four years teaching privately and freelancing in the Chicago area. A clarinetist primarily, he also plays multiple woodwind instruments including saxophone and flute. Primary clarinet instructors have included Harry "Chip" Hill, R. Douglas Graham, Joseph Eller, Theodore Oien and Steve Cohen. Flute instructors include Constance Lane and Donna Shin. He has performed with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (SC) and Illinois Symphony Orchestra. He was a member of the Piccolo Spoleto Conservatory Orchestra during the summer (06-09) and has attended the Aspen Music Festival with a full fellowship from the University of South Carolina. In 2009, he attended the Texas Music Festival with a full fellowship and was a finalist in the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist competition.
 
For the Air Force Sgt. Morris has worked as NCOIC and music director of a music performance team, video productions technician, facility manager, duty sergeant, operations representative for small and large ensembles, and as team leader of social media. Career highlights include being a featured soloist performing "Black Dog" by Scott McAllister during a tour of Michigan in 2014 as well as being a featured soloist on Artie Shaw's "Clarinet Concerto" during tours of Poland and Ukraine in 2017.

EDUCATION
Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Performance, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Master of Music Degree in Clarinet Performance and Literature, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Airman Leadership School, Kapaun Air Station, Germany, 2016
Community College of the Air Force, Applied Science - Music, 2017

ASSIGNMENTS
Sep 2011: Basic Military Training, Lackland Air Force Base, TX
Dec 2011: USAF Band of Mid-America, Scott Air Force Base, IL
June 2015: US Air Forces in Europe Band, Ramstein Air Base, Germany
August 2020: USAF Band of Mid-America, Scott Air Force Base, IL

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Air Force Basic Training Ribbon
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Organization Award, one oak leaf cluster
Good Conduct Medal, one oak leaf cluster
AF Commendation Medal, two oak leaf clusters
Long Overseas Tour Ribbon, one oak leaf cluster

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
Outstanding Communicator Award, Air Mobility Command Public Affairs, 2012
New Airman Musician of the Year, USAF Band of Mid-America, 2012
Airman of the Year, USAF Band of Mid-America, 2013
Airman of the Year, Air Mobility Command Public Affairs, 2013
Musician of the Second Quarter, USAFE Band, 2017

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Airman First Class 27 Sep 2011
Senior Airman 27 Jan 2014

Staff Sergeant 1 Apr 2016