SSG Austin Westjohn
Hometown: Conway, AR
Joined the Band: 2018
Ensemble: The U.S. Army Ceremonial Band
Bachelor's Degree: Harding University
Master's Degree: Baylor University
SSG Austin Westjohn, a native of Conway, AR, joined The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in 2018. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Harding University and a master’s degree in trombone performance from Baylor University, where he served as a graduate assistant.Westjohn has been recognized on many national and international platforms. As a high school student, he won the Stella Boyle Smith Young Artist Competition grand-prize and performed as a soloist with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Over the course of undergraduate and graduate studies, he won the Texas State Trombone Symposium Solo Competition and was an International Trombone Association Solo Competition finalist for three consecutive years - twice in the Robert Marsteller Solo Competition and once in the Frank Smith Solo Competition. An active performer, Westjohn has played with notable organizations including the Little Rock Wind Symphony, Waco Symphony Orchestra, and the festival orchestras of the Hot Springs Music Festival and Miami Summer Music Festival. He began his first season as Principal Trombone of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, in 2019.Aside from practicing, teaching, and performing, Westjohn enjoys all things outdoors, playing disc golf, exploring new places, being involved in ministry, and spending time with his beautiful wife, Savanna.