A native to Chicago, Illinois, Technical Sergeant Erick 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.
In the United States Air Force Academy band, TSgt Eckstrom performs with Stellar Brass, the Concert Band, and the Ceremonial Band. Additionally, TSgt Eckstrom is a part of the productions shop, where he continues to hone his creative and technical skills, helping to develop live and recorded productions.
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
1. October 2016 – December 2016, Lackland AFB, TX (Basic military Training)
2. January 2017 – 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