Technical Sergeant Christopher Jackson is a bassoonist with United States Air Force Academy Band.
Sergeant Jackson is a native of Atlanta, GA, where he was fortunate to be introduced to the bassoon and study with Dr. Shelly Unger. Later on, Leon Daughrity and Dr. Bruno Paige would also heavily influence and guide his musical development.
Prior to enlisting in the Air Force, Sergeant Jackson received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music and University of Memphis, respectively. During that time, Sergeant Jackson’s primary bassoon teachers were John Hunt and Lecolion Washington.
As an active freelance musician, Sergeant Jackson has performed with the Rochester Oratorio Society (NY), Memphis Symphony (TN), Eroica Ensemble (TN), Jackson Symphony (TN), and the Westpfälz Symphony Orchestra (Germany).
2006 Bachelor of Music Performance, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, NY
2008 Master of Music Performance, Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, University of Memphis, TN
2011 Doctor of Musical Arts (ABD), Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, University of Memphis, TN
2016 Airman Leadership School, Vogelweh AB, Kaiserslautern, Germany
1. Dec 2010, Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB
2. Mar 2010, USAF Band of the Reserve, Robins AFB
3. Jul 2012, USAF in Europe Band, Ramstein AB
4. Aug 2018, USAF Band of Mid-America, Scott AFB
5. Sep 2022, USAF Academy Band, Peterson SFB
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
National Defense Medal
Global War on Terrorism
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:
Airman First Class – 28 Dec 2010
Senior Airman – 28 Apr 2013
Staff Sergeant – 01 Jan 2016