A1C Colby Parker joined the Air Force Academy Band in December 2018. He currently performs as a tubist with the Concert Band, Marching Band, and the Falconaires, with whom he has been featured as a soloist.
A1C Parker earned a Bachelor of Music from the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts, where he studied with Mike Roylance of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. During his undergraduate work he performed with a host of ensembles, including the Boston Civic Symphony and the New England Philharmonic. He also holds a Master of Music from the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, which he earned while serving as one of the brass department’s Graduate Assistants and studying with Warren Deck and Kathy Brantigan. Over his career he has received additional instruction from teachers including Daniel Perantoni, Ronald Bishop, Floyd Cooley, Gene Pokorny, Sergio Carolino, Carol Jantsch, Toby Oft, James Markey, Norman Bolter, and Robert Tucci, and has been recognized as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. He has also attended a wide variety of summer music festivals including the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Aspen Music Festival and School, and the Tanglewood Music Center.
Before joining the Academy Band, A1C Parker worked as a freelance teacher and performer in the Denver area. He performed regularly with the Denver Brass and Denver Brass Quintet, and worked as a guest artist and clinician for the Denver School of the Arts. He currently performs as a substitute with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic.
2017- Master of Music, Tuba Performance, University of Denver, Denver, CO
2015- Bachelor of Music, Tuba Performance, New England Conservatory, Boston, MA