Senior Airman Nathaniel McKay is a trumpet player with the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West, Travis AFB, CA. Originally from Lake Jackson, TX, his Air Force Career began in 2018.
SrA McKay is a 2018 graduate of Texas State University, San Marcos, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance with an emphasis on Jazz. His teachers include Dr. Keith Winking, Dr. Stephen Hawk, Dr. Russell Haight, and Dr. Utah Hamrick. SrA McKay has performed with many of Austin and San Antonio’s most recognizable big bands and small groups including the NOW Orchestra, The Parker Jazz Club House Band, The Vintage 15 Big Band, V5 featuring Christian Wiggs, The Powerhouse Big Band, Doc Watkins and his Orchestra, the King William Jazz Collective, and Gato 6. A1C McKay can be heard playing trumpet and flugelhorn on the album, From Dusk till Dawn, released in 2017 by Austin-based vocalist, Christian Wiggs, as well as, New Places, released in 2018 by Austin-based pianist, Donald Collins Jr.
2018 – Bachelor of Music in Music Performance with an emphasis in Jazz, Texas State University
August 2018 – Present, Band of the Golden West, Travis AFB, CA
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
AF Training Ribbon
Air and Space Achievement Medal
AF Good Conduct Medal
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Rifle)
EFFECTIVE DATE OF PROMOTION
A1C - 21 MAY 2018
SrA - 21 SEP 2020