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A1C Dusty Carlson

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Airman First Class Dusty Carlson, from Chicago, IL, is a bassist with the USAF Band of Mid-America, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. He currently performs with Roots in Blue and the Concert Band and has also performed with Starlifter. In addition to his musical duties, Airman Carlson has worked in the Supply shop and currently works in the Finance/Travel shop for the band.

Airman Carlson entered the Air Force in August 2018. Prior to joining, he performed on cruise ships, toured internationally, and taught and performed with a variety of ensembles in the Chicago area.  After graduating from Western Illinois University, he resided in the Pacific Northwest where he taught, toured, recorded, and went to school for a masters degree. After graduating from the University of Oregon with a Masters in jazz studies, he spent 2 years performing on cruise ships with Royal Caribbean in the show band and jazz groups, as well as being the onboard music coordinator. 

His past teachers include Steve Owen, Marlene Rosenberg, Richard Hughey, Idit Shner, Tyler Abbott, and Nick Schneider.

EDUCATION
2010 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Performance – Western Illinois University
2015 Masters of Music in Jazz Studies – University of Oregon

ASSIGNMENTS
Lackland Air Force Base, TX, August 2018 - October 2018
Scott Air Force Base, IL, October 2018 - Present

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal