Technical Sergeant Carl Eitzen performs on trumpet with Offutt Brass, 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 is the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of Offutt Brass.
A native of San Diego, California, Sergeant Eitzen's earliest music training on the trumpet came from his father, John Eitzen. He received his formal music education from the University of Arizona and University of California at Los Angeles where he earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees, respectively. Sergeant Eitzen has been a member of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra since 2010 and is the former Principal Trumpet of the Las Colinas, Garland and Arlington Symphonies in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metro area. He has performed with other noted ensembles such as the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, Pacific Symphony Orchestra, and Kansas City Symphony, to name a few.
Sergeant Eitzen has served as Musical Director, Show Band Leader, and played Lead Trumpet aboard several ships for Carnival Cruise Lines. His mentors include Jens Lindemann, Keith Johnson and Edward Reid.
1999 Bachelor of Music in performance, University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.
2003 Master of Music in performance, University of California at Los Angeles, Calif.
2006 Airman Professional Enhancement Course, Offutt AFB, Neb.
2008 Airman Leadership School, Travis AFB, Calif.
1. October 2003 - Present, trumpet, USAF Heartland of America Band, Offutt AFB, Neb.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
Air Force Good Conduct Medal with two oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Airman of the Quarter, January-March 2006
NCO of the Year, 2014
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:
Airman First Class August 26,2003
Senior Airman December 26,2005
Staff Sergeant October 1, 2010
(Current as of March 2015)