Master Sgt. Sara Reese is a clarinetist with the Concert Band, The United States Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. Originally from Port Charlotte, Florida, her career in the Air Force began in 2011.
Reese earned a Bachelor of Music in clarinet performance from Florida State University in 2009 where she studied with Frank Kowalsky and Deborah Bish. In 2011, she graduated from the Yale School of Music with her Master of Music degree where she studied with David Shifrin.
Prior to joining the Band, Reese worked and performed as a Teaching Artist for the Yale School of Music's Music in Schools program. She has also performed with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera Festival Orchestra, as well as the orchestras of the Aspen and Brevard Music Festivals. In 2010, Reese made her solo debut performing Rossini's "Introduction, Theme, and Variations" with the Southwest Florida Symphony. She can also be heard on the 2011 Emmy-winning soundtrack to the PBS documentary "John Muir In The New World."
In addition to her duties with the Air Force, Reese maintains an active teaching and performing career in the metropolitan D.C. area.