Originally from Argentina, Staff Sergeant Alberto Cosano began playing guitar more than 17 years ago. Trained in Argentina as an electric and acoustic guitarist, he performs a wide variety of styles ranging from rock, to classical, and jazz. Alberto has backed many popular artists including the Nelson Brothers, the Platters, and the Drifters. He also spent time as a radio show producer, winning the Gaviota de Oro award in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for his hosting, writing and selection of music. Before relocating to the USA he traveled the world playing on luxury cruise ships with companies Princess, Royal Caribbean, and Celebrity, respectfully. Alberto got his undergraduate degree in Argentina from La Colmena school of music and master's degree in classical guitar performance from the University of Idaho where he was also a teaching assistant. Alberto is currently a guitarist with the USAFE Band, performing a vast array of styles ranging from solo classical guitar, to jazz and rock. Before his appointment with the Air Force he served as part-time faculty at Nebraska Wesleyan University, as the jazz band director. Other appointments included guitar and music theory instructor at Southeast Community College, and Creighton University.
2008 - Bachelor of music performance, La Colmena School of Music, Cordoba, Argentina
2012 - Master of Music, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho
2019 - Airman Leadership School, distinguished graduate.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Aug 2019, Air Force Achievement Medal
Dec 2019 ALS Distinguished graduate
January-March, 2016, basic military training, Lackland AFB, TX.
March 2016 – January 2020, USAF Band of Mid-America, Scott AFB, IL
January 2020 – Present, USAFE Band, Ramstein AB.
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Airman first class, 4 March 2016
Senior Airman 12 March 2018
Staff Sergeant, 1 February 2020
(Updated 1 March 2021)