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Technical Sergeant Erick Eckstrom

Technical Sergeant Erick Eckstrom joined the United States Air Force Academy band, Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado in 2016. He currently performs as the drummer with Blue Delta, the Concert Band, and the Ceremonial Band. With the USAFA Band, he has travelled around the United States, and recently toured the Middle East and Central Asia as part of a deployment with the AFCENT band. Technical Sergeant Eckstrom received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Illinois, where he studied with William Moersch and Ricardo Flores. While pursuing a Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance from Indiana University, Erick placed 2nd in the Black Swamp Percussion competition as well as 3rd in the PASIC solo percussion competition.  During this time, TSgt Eckstrom studied with Kevin Bobo, John Tafoya, Steve Houghton, and Michael Spiro.

EDUCATION:
2009 High School Diploma, Buffalo Grove HS, Buffalo Grove, IL
2013 Bachelor of Music, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
2015 Master of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
2021 Airman Leadership School, Peterson SFB, CO
2022 Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, Sheppard AFB, TX

ASSIGNMENTS:
1. October 2016 – December 2016, Lackland AFB, TX (Basic military Training)
2. December 2016 – Present, USAF Academy Band, Peterson SFB, CO

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:
Airman First Class – December 2016
Senior Airman – February 2019
Staff Sergeant – February 2021
Technical Sergeant – August 2021