Staff Sergeant Jaime Parker performs on tenor and bass trombone with the United States Air Force Band of the West. He currently serves as music director of Dimensions in Blue, the Band of the West's 19-member jazz ensemble, in addition to his duties performing with the Concert Band, Warhawk, and the Ceremonial Marching Band.
Sergeant Parker is a native of Jacksonville, Florida. Prior to joining the United States Air Force, SSgt Parker established an active career as a professional musician, performing in such ensembles as the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Sam Rivers' RivBea Orchestra, Walt Disney World's Christmas Brass, The Temptations, and The Greeley Philharmonic.
Parker auditioned for the US Air Force Band Program and entered Basic Military Training School in late 2011. Since then, he has performed for millions of people across the globe as an Air Force bandsman. He has also served the Band of the West as Operations Representative for the unit's three largest ensembles: the Concert Band, the Ceremonial Marching Band, and Dimensions in Blue jazz ensemble. In 2013, Parker was awarded a "Below The Zone" early promotion to Senior Airman in recognition of his achievements as an airman and musician. In 2016, Parker graduated from Airman Leadership School, receiving the Distinguished Graduate Award, and was subsequently promoted to Staff Sergeant. In addition to his Air Force duties, Parker remains an active freelance musician, performing on both tenor and bass trombone in various ensembles around South Texas.
2004 Bachelor of Music in Trombone Performance, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida
2008 Master of Music, dual emphasis in Trombone Performance and Jazz Studies, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado
2012 Honor Graduate, Basic Military Training School, JBSA Lackland, Texas
2016 Airman Leadership School, JBSA Lackland, Texas
2017 Community College of the Air Force Associates Degree
February 2012 - Present, USAF Band of the West, JBSA Lackland, Texas
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
Distinguished Graduate Award, Airman Leadership School
Air Force Achievement Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Basic Military Training Honor Graduate Ribbon
EFFECTIVE DATE OF PROMOTION:
Staff Sergeant - 01 November 2016
Last updated 04 Nov 2019