Senior Airman (SrA) Rose Valby, a native of Buffalo, New York, is a French hornist with the United States Air Force (USAF) Band of the West, located at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Horn Performance from the University of Texas at Austin (2016), Master of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2011), and Bachelor of Music degree from Ithaca College (2009). Prior to her current assignment, SrA Valby maintained a private horn studio in Austin, TX and was an Adjunct Associate Professor at Austin Community College.
She has performed with Nickel City Opera, Ash Lawn Opera, and San Antonio, Austin, MidTexas, Round Rock, and Fort Smith symphonies, among others. In Austin, she also performed with Ballet Austin, ZACH and Salvage Vanguard theaters, Chorus Austin, Texas Choral Consort, and Adele on the Adele Live tour. SrA Valby was a member of the award-winning wind quintet, QuinTexas, with whom she won the silver medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. She has also participated in several summer festivals including the National Orchestral Institute, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, and Youth Orchestra of the Americas (Chilean Tour). In her free time, SrA Valby enjoys hosting dinner parties and traveling with her husband, SSgt Justis MacKenzie--arranger for the Band of the West, and learning about film history.
2009: Bachelor of Music Degree, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
2011: Master of Music Degree, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
2016: Doctor of Musical Arts Degree, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
1. August-October 2018, student, Basic Military Training, JBSA Lackland, TX
2. October 2018-present, Regional Bandsman Apprentice, Band of the West, JBSA Lackland, TX
Major Awards and Decorations:
Honor Graduate, Basic Military Training
Effective Date of Promotion:
Airman First Class - 05 Oct 2018