SFC Kirsten Lies-Warfield hails from Fargo, North Dakota. While that may seem like the middle of nowhere to many, she received a high quality arts education from teachers who still influence her thinking today. Lies-Warfield found further inspiration at her undergraduate institution, Lawrence University, where she received a BM degree, magna cum laude, in 1994. Following graduation, she married Patrick Warfield and moved to Indiana where he began graduate school. Lies-Warfield began her studies at Indiana University in 1996, receiving a MM degree and then moving on to doctoral studies in brass pedagogy. She joined The United States Army Band in 1999, becoming the first woman trombonist ever hired by ‘Pershing’s Own.’ During her career with TUSAB, she has performed with The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, The U.S. Army Brass Quintet and The U.S. Army Blues. Lies-Warfield enjoys a diverse life of freelancing in the Washington D.C. area where she plays with jazz bands, orchestras, and chamber groups, while maintaining an active schedule as a teacher and composer.