Senior Master Sgt. Jacob McCray is the tenor saxophonist with the Concert Band, The United States Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. He also performs with the Ceremonial Brass and is a member of the U.S. Air Force Saxophone Quartet. In addition to his performance duties, McCray is a Web Content section manager and Unit Deployment manager. Originally from Fairfax, Virginia, he began his Air Force career in 1998.
McCray received his Bachelor of Arts degree in music from George Mason University in 2007. He has performed extensively with the Saxophone Quartet across the nation at prestigious universities and conventions including the NASA region V convention in West Point at the U.S. Military Academy and at numerous Saxophone Symposiums hosted by The United States Navy Band. Air Force career highlights include performances at the September 11th Pentagon Memorial dedication, four inaugural parades and five White House arrivals. His teachers include Dale Underwood, Jim Houlik, Rick Parrell, Mark Brandt and Geoff Thaler.
In 2013, McCray deployed with a small group from The U.S. Air Force Band who traveled to Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan in support of diplomatic and troop morale initiatives as a part of Operation Enduring Freedom. In 2014, McCray returned to the AOR and served as the tour manager for the AFCENT Band where he designed and managed tours and appearances for 2 deployed bands, both on and around Al Udeid Air Base and throughout the Middle East.