Technical Sergeant Edwin A. Ochsner is a French horn player with the United States Air Forces in Europe Band, Ramstein AB, Germany. He currently performs with the Concert Band, Winds Aloft, and Ceremonial Band. Originally from Evansville Indiana, his Air Force career began in 2003 with the USAF Band of the Golden West, Travis AFB CA.
Technical Sergeant Ochsner is a 2003 graduate of Eastern Illinois University, Charleston IL, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Horn Performance. His principal instructors have included Christopher Smith, Jeremy Hansen, and Arthur Adye. Staff Sergeant Ochsner's expertise on the Horn has been demonstrated in numerous professional ensembles, including the Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Sinfonia di Camera, Danville Symphony Orchestra, Terra Haute Symphony, North State Symphony, Marin Symphony, Napa Valley Symphony, and Fresno Philharmonic. He also performed with the Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra for three CDs by NAXOS Recordings.
During his AF career, he has performed principle horn on two Concert Band CDs including "Our Musical Legacy" and "War & Remembrance". He is also featured on the Golden West Winds educational outreach CD. Other career highlights include joint concerts with the San Francisco Symphony, LA Philharmonic and Vince Gill.
2003 - Bachelor of Music, Horn Performance, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
1. Jul 2003 - Jan 2015, Regional Band Craftsman, Band of the Golden West, Travis AFB, CA 2. Feb 2015 - July 2018, Regional Band Craftsman, US Air Forces in Europe Band, Ramstein AB, Germany
3. July 2018 - Present, Regional Band Craftsman, Band of the Golden West, Travis AFB, CA
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Organization Excellence Award
Air Force Good Conduct Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Recognition Ribbon
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
EFFECTIVE DATE OF PROMOTION
Technical Sergeant - 1 September 2017
Staff Sergeant - 1 September 2010
Senior Airman - 15 November 2005
Airman First Class - 15 July 2003
(Current as of November 2018)