Technical Sergeant Sarah Howard-Carter, a native of Virginia Beach, VA, is a flutist for the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Music Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory and a Master's degree in Music Performance from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
While at Shenandoah, TSgt Howard-Carter performed as principal flutist in several ensembles including the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Woodwind Quintet. In 2002, she was accepted to the University of Tennessee with a graduate teaching assistantship for flute performance. In 2003, she performed as flute soloist with the University Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall. While living in Tennessee, she was principal flute and soloist with the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra and was also the first conductor for Grace Notes flute choir in Maryville, TN. She actively worked with the Macon Symphony Youth orchestra as their woodwind coach, and has performed with the Macon Symphony, Augusta Symphony, and Savannah Philharmonic. SSgt Howard has won Music Teacher's National Association competitions in the states of Virginia and Tennessee. Her primary teachers include Frank Jones, Frances Averitt, and Shelley Binder.
TSgt Howard-Carter began her Air Force career as a member of the 2 time Emmy nominated Band of the United States Air Force Reserve which was decommissioned in September 2013. While there, she participated in tours with their Woodwind Quintet as musical director and operations representative, premiering new works for the ensemble and completing two tours to Puerto Rico. During her tenure, the quintet was also invited to perform in New York with the Grammy nominated woodwind quintet Imani Winds. She has performed with artists such as Wynonna Judd, Take 6, Amy Grant, Aaron Neville, Lonestar, Little Big Town, and countless others. In 2010, TSgt Howard premiered the new arrangement of the Mike Mower Concerto for Flute and Wind Orchestra on the annual winter tour for the Band of the United States Air Force Reserve. She also performed the concerto in Puerto Rico and was featured on DoDLive, a joint services blog that reaches over 1 million servicemen worldwide.
PROFESSIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION
2011 Airman Leadership School
1. Robins Air Force Base, GA April 2006-July 2013
2. Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA July 2013-present
2008 Airman of the Year, Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command
2010 Airman of the Year, Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command
Air Force Commendation Medal, first oak leaf cluster
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
Air Force Good Conduct Medal, second oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Longevity Service Medal