SSG Joseph Conners, a native of Plattsburgh New York, has been a trumpet player in The United States Army Band "Pershing's Own" Ceremonial Band since 2010. Conners earned both his Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2008 and 2009 respectively, and received the Bernard Adelstein award for Excellence in Trumpet in his time there. He is an active performer and has performed with orchestras, bands, and chamber ensembles across the United States, Europe, and Japan. Conners' private instructors have included Michael Sachs, Michael Miller, and Robert Sullivan. Aside from the trumpet, Conners enjoys hiking, climbing, running, and just generally spending time outdoors. SSG Conners currently resides in Alexandria with his wife Yarina.