Senior Airman Michael Ferrante, originally from St. Louis, MO, is a saxophonist for the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band, stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA. SrA Ferrante earned his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, along with a Minor in Music, in 2016. While at UMSL he studied with saxophonists Adrianne Honnold, Hugh Jones, and Joel Vanderheyden. Throughout his musical development, he also had the opportunity to study extensively with former Air Force band member Larry Smith and legendary saxophonist Houston Person.
SrA Ferrante worked as a professional musician in St. Louis from the age of 15. He performed with various combos, big bands, and wedding bands, and served as a faculty member with the Jim Widner Big Band at summer jazz camps from 2012-2016. Noteworthy performances in SrA Ferrante's musical career include a short stint in 2012 with the esteemed Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians, a tour to China in 2015 with a jazz combo from UMSL, and the opportunity to perform under the direction of John Clayton with the Jazz Band of America.
Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA July 2017-Present
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Training Ribbon