Master Sgt. Michael Cemprola is the second alto saxophonist with the Airmen of Note, The United States Air Force Band, Washington, D.C. A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, his Air Force career began in 2016 when he was assigned to The United States Air Force Band with the Airmen of Note.
Prior to his service with The United States Air Force Band, Cemprola was an adjunct professor at University of the arts from 2007 through 2016 and Camden County College from 2013 through 2016. He has performed with numerous jazz legends and icons of American music, including the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Terell Stafford and the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Ballet, Johnny Mathis, and Aretha Franklin.
Cemprola's Air Force career highlights include Jazz Heritage Series performances with guest artists Peter Erskine and Branford Marsalis in addition to performing at the 2017 Jacksonville Jazz Festival and the 2018 Jazz Education Network Conference in Dallas. He is featured on the Airmen of Note recordings, "Veterans of Jazz," "Global Reach," and "Air Power."
A graduate of the University of the Arts, Cemprola earned Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Jazz Studies. While in attendance, he studied with Ron Kerber, Chris Farr and Ben Schachter.