Technical Sgt. Christopher Ziemba is the pianist for the Airmen of Note, The United States Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. A native of Buffalo, New York, his career in the Air Force began in June 2017.
Ziemba holds Bachelors of Music in Jazz and Contemporary Media as well as Music Education from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with pianists Harold Danko and Paul Hofmann. He also holds a Masters of Music in Jazz and Contemporary Media from Eastman. Before leaving Rochester to establish himself in New York City, Ziemba won first place in the 2011 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition. In New York, he earned an Artist Diploma in Jazz Studies from The Juilliard School, where he studied with pianist Frank Kimbrough, famed for his work as a leader as well as with the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra. In 2013 Ziemba recorded Chakra with the Ted Nash Big Band. He has also performed with the Grammy-winning Gil Evans Project, led by Ryan Truesdell. Other highlights of his time in New York include performances with such renowned artists as Kurt Elling, Carl Allen, Marcus Printup, Ron Blake, and Karrin Allyson, among others.
In 2016, Ziemba released his debut album, “Manhattan Lullaby.” The album features his original compositions and arrangements as played by saxophonist Michael Thomas, bassist Hans Glawischnig and drummer Jimmy Macbride.