Senior Master Sgt. Tyler Kuebler is the lead alto saxophonist with the Airmen of Note, The United States Air Force Band, Washington, D.C. A native of Agoura Hills, California, his Air Force career began in 1998 when he was assigned to The United States Air Force Band as first tenor saxophonist with the Airmen of Note. He separated from service in 2002 and returned to active duty in 2008.
Kuebler earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Miami in 2005, Master of Music from the University of North Texas (UNT) in 1997, and Bachelor of Music from the University of North Texas in 1995. While at UNT, Kuebler was a member of the famed One O'Clock Lab Band for four years. He has studied with such influential teachers as Jim Riggs, Neil Slater, Gary Keller, Whit Sidener, Dan Haerle, Mike Steinel, Ronnie Miller, Yusef Lateef, Dr. Billy Taylor, John Mosley and Shuichi Komiyama.
While separated from the Air Force, Kuebler served as Assistant Professor of Saxophone, Jazz Studies, Music Theory and Director of the Studio Jazz Orchestra at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. During his tenure at SIUC, he was also a member of The New Arts Jazztet, a faculty jazz quintet in residence at the university. In addition to his educational commitments at SIUC, he taught at various musical summer camps, including the prestigious Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and the Governor's Honors Program in Georgia.
Kuebler has performed and recorded with some of the biggest names in jazz and popular music, including the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Maynard Ferguson, Sammy Figueroa, Julio Iglesias, David Liebman, Jack Sheldon, Randy Brecker, Paul Anka, Jerry Bergonzi, Clark Terry, Bobby Caldwell, James Moody, Dick Oats, Joe Lovano, Louie Bellson, Slide Hampton, Rosemary Clooney, Kenny Werner, Bob Mintzer, Gerry Mulligan, Conrad Herwig, Ernie Watts, John Fedchock, Jon Hendricks, Pete Christlieb, Peabo Bryson, Steve Allen, the Temptations, and the Four Tops.
Sergeant Kuebler earned the Air Force Senior NCO Academy CMSAF James M. McCoy Academic Achievement Award in 2016 and was also a Distinguished Graduate at the Non-Commissioned Officers Academy in 2010. Other Air Force career highlights include community relations tours throughout Europe and the United States, collaborations with top professional musicians as part of the USAF Band’s Jazz Heritage Series, and performing and writing for multiple compact disc recordings. Kuebler was the Airmen of Note music director from 2012-2016 and the Superintendent for the flight from 2016-2017. He is currently the NCOIC of Accessions for the USAF Band.