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SMSgt Nathan E. Lavy

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Senior Master Sgt. Nathan E. Lavy is a percussionist with the Ceremonial Brass, The United States Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. Originally from Sandusky, Ohio, his career in the Air Force began in 1998 as a percussionist with the Air Force Band of Flight, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, where he performed with the Concert Band, Wright Brass Quintet, Night Flight Jazz Ensemble, and Systems Go rock band.


Sergeant Lavy became a member of the Ceremonial Brass in 2004. As a member of the United States Air Force Band, he has also performed with the Concert Band, Airmen of Note, Max Impact, and the Diplomats. In addition to his performing duties, Sergeant Lavy is the Band’s Unit Fitness Program Manager.

Air Force career highlights include two deployments to entertain U.S. service members overseas, four presidential inaugural parades, two Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parades, multiple appearances on NBC’s Today show, and Super Bowl XLV.

A 1997 graduate of Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky, Lavy earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree and was a member of the MSU Marching Percussion Ensemble. Prior to joining the Air Force, he performed with Disney's "All-American College Band" and Star of Indiana's Brass Theatre.

His former teachers include Frank Oddis, Thom Hannum, Rick Goodstein, Jim Rupp and Chuck Redd. He has also worked with such talent as Arturo Sandoval, Joe Williams, John Pizzarelli and Toni Tennille.