PETE HARRISON'S LIFE'S JOURNEY....
6/5/09 – present
Jam sessions at Casa Montego, B.O.S.S. nightclub, Birmingham, AL, and other venues w/Devere Pride Trio & Ken Watters, Kevin Mahogany, and Bill Goodwin (Phil Woods’ drummer). Pianist/arranger w/Rocket City Jazz Orchestra. Pianist/arranger w/Chip Gulbro Quartet, Quiet Storm, the Mark Copeland Band, and The Watters/Felts Project. Gigs at the Von Braun Center, Flying Monkey Arts Center, Lowe Mill, “Jazz In June”, Sam and Greg’s, Sports Vision, Amendment 21, Bandito’s South, and other venues. Volunteer with the Tennessee Valley Jazz Society’s public school outreach programs. Private instructor of jazz improvisation & jazz arranging.
Did voluntary rehearsals/workshops w/Body & Soul Quartet; culminated in the CD “10 Jazz Classics,” & a live concert in Alatri, Italy in April 09. Rehearsals w/Frosinone Gospel Choir; gave their director arranging lessons; culminated in recorded live concert in Segni, Italy 31May09. Both groups are made up of amateur musicians w/good growth potential & great love of music.
1/28/06 – 1/31/09
Pianist, keyboardist, First Sergeant, director of administration, security manager, supervisor, & instructor, USAF Band of the West, Lackland AFB, TX. Tours in TX, NM, LA, NV, & AZ. Gigs at San Antonio’s Fiesta In Blue, Holiday In Blue, & the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. Gigs w/Rufus Reid, Eddie Daniels, Sonny Melendrez & others. Played in/arranged for all groups. Instructor for other keyboardists in unit. Supervised 45 people in all areas. Advisor to commander on morale issues. Oversaw all security clearance issues. Rank: Master Sergeant. Retired on 31Jan09 after over 27 years active duty.
1/12/02 - 1/27/06
Pianist, keyboardist, arranger, resource advisor (senior budget manager), public affairs NCO, music instructor, and supervisor, USAF Band of the Pacific-Asia, Yokota AB, Japan. Tours in Japan, Okinawa, South Korea, Guam, Singapore, Thailand, & Australia. Played for Prime Minister of Japan, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, His Majesty the King of Thailand, many other VIPs. Played w/Sadao Watanabe. Played in/arranged for all groups. NCOIC of rock band. Instructor for other keyboardist assigned to unit. Managed budgets of $656,000 and $565,000 in 2006 and 2005, respectively. Oversaw all public affairs products for over 120 concerts a year. Chosen over 16 other keyboard players—authored the Job Qualification Standard for piano on-the-job training program for the entire USAF Band Career Field. Supervisor and mentor to junior Airmen. Rank: Master Sergeant.
9/5/90 - 1/11/2002
Pianist, keyboardist, arranger, singer, music instructor, First Sergeant, director of administration, awards & decorations manager, operations NCO, information management NCO, & supervisor for USAF Band of Liberty, Hanscom AFB, MA. Tours in New England & New York State. Played w/Mills Brothers, Four Aces, Helen Reddy, Crystal Gail, Wilford Brimley, & Jeff Holmes. Played in/arranged for all groups. Instructor for arrangers, keyboardists, guitarists, and vocalists. Supervised 60 people in all areas. Oversaw all personnel issues, awards processes. Booked rock band—covered 7-state touring area, reached audiences in millions. Rank: Staff Sergeant. Promoted to Technical Sergeant 5/1/93. Promoted to Master Sergeant 3/1/98.
2/29/88 - 9/6/1990
Pianist, keyboardist, arranger, singer, supervisor, 541st AF Band (aka Air Force Band of New England) Pease AFB, NH. Tours in New England. Played for President George H. Bush, President Francois Mitterrand. Played in/arranged for all groups. Mentor/supervisor to junior troops. Rank: Staff Sergeant.
9/20/87 - 2/20/88
Salesman for Sam Ash Music, Hempstead, NY. Sold sheet music, band instruments, keyboards, acoustic guitars, accessories. Stocked merchandize, dealt w/customers face-to-face & on phone, including French- & Italian-speaking customers. Interacted w/management & staff in a 7-store chain.
3/7/84 - 2/17/87
Pianist, keyboardist, arranger, singer, trombonist, and percussionist, NATO Band AFSouth Post, Allied Forces Southern Italy, Naples, Italy. Tours in Italy, Belgium, England. Played for Senator Edward Kennedy & soccer star Diego Maradonna. Played/ arranged for all groups. Mentor to junior troops. Singer/front man for show band in Italian. Translator in band itself; there were 7 foreign nationals in unit. Appeared on Maurizio Costanzo Show (Italian equivalent of Johnny Carson.) Rank: Specialist 5. Laterally promoted to Sergeant in March 85.
6/6/81 - 3/1/84
Pianist, keyboardist, arranger, singer, and percussionist, First US Army Band, Ft. Meade, MD. Tours to MD, DE, VA, NY, PA. Played for Vice President George H. Bush. Played in all groups. Singer/front man/leader of rock band. Rank: Specialist 4. Promoted to Specialist 5 on 3/1/82.
3/20/81 - 6/1/81
Student at US Armed Forces Tri-Service School of Music, Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, VA. Promoted to Specialist 4 upon graduation.
1/12/81 - 3/19/81
Basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. Rank: PFC.
USAF First Sergeants Off-Site Training Course, Lackland AFB, TX; October 2006; courses on all readiness, welfare, safety, morale, and fitness issues of USAF enlisted members; completion of course enables Senior NCO to be First Sergeant, primary advisor to commander on all issues affecting troops in an AF unit.
USAF Senior Noncommissioned Officers Academy, Gunter Annex, Maxwell AFB, AL; graduated Dec04; courses on leadership, management, and the profession of arms.
USAF Noncommissioned Officers Academy, McGuire AFB, NJ; graduated in Sept95; courses on leadership, management, and the profession of arms.
New England Conservatory of Music; graduated 1994; Master of Music in Jazz Studies with Academic Honors; GPA 3.981; studies in composition w/William Thomas McKinley and Bevan Manson; studies in jazz w/George Garzone; Lydian Chromatic Concept w/George Russell; Yiddish music w/Hankus Netsky; Indian and non-Western music w/Dr. Peter Row; film scoring w/Robert Ceeley. Original compositions “Tense Up!” and “Down East” were featured in the winter and spring ‘94 Jazz Composers’ Ensemble Concerts. Submitted course proposal to administration in spring ‘94 for a yearlong jazz arranger’s workshop-style course. Original arrangement of “Harbor Lights” performed at Boston Intercollegiate Jazz Festival, Feb ’92. Member of Pi Kappa Lambda, national music honor society.
Attended four-day electronic sequencing workshop taught by Don Muro, Jan ’94.
Private arranging lessons w/Don Sebesky in NY, NY, fall 1987.
State U. of NY at Potsdam, Crane School of Music; graduated 1980; Bachelor of Arts in Music Theory, Magna cum Laude; GPA 3.56; studies in jazz with Jim Ball, John Toomey, and Raymond Shiner, original member of the Sauter-Finnegan Band. Studies in music theory, history, analysis, ear training, conducting, and general musicianship with William Crowder. Member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Freelance work during military career:
Jam sessions at Carmen’s de la Calle; sessions with Small World at Jim Cullum’s Landing on the River Walk.
Various gigs in the greater Tokyo area.
Boston and Eastern Massachusetts:
Gigs with the Silver Bullet Swing Orchestra, Orchestras Unlimited, Terry Anthony, Winiker Brothers Orchestra, Alanna Manning, Everett Longstreth, Ray Leach Big Band and Quintet, Cape Ann Symphony, New Era Big Band, Brad Thorpe, Rick Kassiotis, Rico Bar & the Jump-n-Jive Review, Rico Barr Trio, & Peter Hostage Band. Gigs for Paul Borrelli Entertainment, Providence, RI. Musical Director/pianist for DECO Boston Dinner Theatre productions of Forum, Cinderella, and The Goodbye Girl. Consultant for Pentucket Players’ production of Music Man. Pianist with First Church, Milton, MA.
Seacoast New Hampshire:
Founding member of Saoco, a Latin/jazz/fusion trio. Trombonist, pianist, & arranger w/Bud Krauss Big Band of Portsmouth. Various gigs w/Busters, the Loose Goose Jazz Sextet, State Street Rhythm & Blues Band. Various solo gigs in seacoast NH & Maine. Keyboardist on the album “The Piper’s Dream” by singer-songwriter Lester Hirsch.
Various gigs in Naples, Italy.
Various gigs in the Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD areas.