Staff Sergeant Ed Zaryky performs as a percussionist and drum set player with Raptor, an ensemble of the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. In addition to his musical duties, he is a member of the Commander Support Staff and acts as the band’s Facility Manager.
A native of Trenton, New Jersey, Sergeant Zaryky holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from Rowan University and a Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance from the Peabody Conservatory at John Hopkins University. He spent two summers as the Charles Owen Fellowship student at the Aspen Music Festival & School and one summer as Principal Timpanist of the National Repertory Orchestra. Sergeant Zaryky has performed with a number of ensembles around the nation including The New World Symphony, The American Symphony, The American Brass Quintet, and The Harrisburg Symphony. He has performed with artists such as Lee Greenwood, Al Jarreau, Gerard Schwarz, and Hollywood composer John Williams. Sergeant Zaryky was also formally the director of Percussion Studies at York College of Pennsylvania.
2004 Bachelor of Music-Music Education, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
2006 Master of Music, Percussion Performance, The Peabody Conservatory, John Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
January 2011 - May 2013, Band of the United States Air Force Reserve, Robins AFB, Georgia.
May 2013 - July 2015, United States Air Forces in Europe Band, Ramstein, Germany
July 2015 - Present, USAF Heartland of America Band, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Good Conduct Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Global War On Terrorism Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:
Staff Sergeant May 1, 2015
Senior Airman March 2, 2013
Airman First Class December 30, 2010
(Current as of September 2015)