Staff Sergeant John D. Lloyd is a trombonist in the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band. He serves as Music Director for the Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble and as a member of the trombone section in the Concert Band performing concerts, outreach events, and ceremonies throughout the eastern United States. In addition to his musical duties, he also serves as the unit Auditions Coordinator. Originally from Charlottesville, VA, Sergeant Lloyd’s Air Force career began in 2016.
A graduate of James Madison University, Lloyd holds a Bachelor of Music with concentrations in Jazz Studies (2013) and Music Education (2015). He has studied with trombonists Andrew Lankford and Robert Graham, and has had further musical studies with Bob Hallahan, Chuck Dotas, David Pope, Greg Thomas, and John D’Earth. During his time at JMU, Lloyd performed in a variety of ensembles and with several notable artists including Bobby McFerrin, John Hollenbeck, Omar Thomas, Mike Titlebaum, and Brett Baker. Prior to joining the military, Lloyd was an active freelance musician in the mid-Atlantic region, performing in a wide variety of styles and ensembles for concerts and events. He also maintained a private trombone studio and taught music lessons and groups at the Charlottesville Day School.
While in the military, Lloyd has been featured in multiple performances and recordings including the Berks Jazz Festival and an album by Rhythm in Blue set for release in 2020. He has performed with a number of notable artists including Terell Stafford, Howard Levy, and Jimmy Bruno.
Bachelor of Music - Jazz Studies (2013), Music Education (2015), James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA (March 2016 - Present)