Senior Master Sgt. J. Blake Arrington is a clarinetist with the Concert Band, The United States Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, his Air Force career began in 2006.
Arrington attended The University of Central Arkansas (UCA) from 1997-2000. He graduated cum laude from The University of North Texas (UNT) earning a Bachelor of Music degree in clarinet performance in 2002 and a Master of Music degree in 2004. In May 2011, Arrington was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in orchestral performance from The Catholic University of America. His teachers include Kristina Belisle, Kelly Johnson, John Scott, Gregory Raden and Eugene Mondie. As a student, Arrington performed and recorded with the UNT Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra, and The Catholic University of America Symphony Orchestra.
Arrington's professional experience includes performances with the Irving Symphony Orchestra, Plano Symphony Orchestra and Opera in the Ozarks. He is a recipient of the Brandon Hawk Memorial Award for Excellence in Clarinet Performance from UCA. Additionally, he was awarded both a Travel Abroad Grant and an Undergraduate Research Grant from the UCA Honors College.
Arrington is a member of the International Clarinet Association, Pi Kappa Lamda, and Kappa Kappa Psi.