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Senior Master Sergeant Jay Heltzer

Senior Master Sgt. Jay H. Heltzer is the bass trombonist with the Concert Band, The United States Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. Originally from Sherman Oaks, California, his career in the Air Force began in 2004.

Before joining the Air Force, he performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Milwaukee Symphony, Milwaukee Ballet, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Since arriving in Washington, D.C., he has been the bass trombonist with the Annapolis Symphony and has performed with the National Symphony and the Washington Opera.

A graduate of Indiana University, Heltzer received a Masters of Music in trombone performance. Before that, he received a Bachelors in Music in trombone performance from Cal State Northridge, where upon graduation, he was unanimously nominated by the music faculty as the Most Outstanding Baccalaureate Degree candidate. Additionally, he won Solo Competitions sponsored by the Round Top Music Festival, the Glendale Symphony, Cal State Northridge and was the first trombonist to win a scholarship from the Union League Civic Arts Foundation of Chicago.