Musician First Class Zac Hollister joined the Naval Academy Band as bass trombonist in 2005. A native of Palm Springs, California, MU1 Hollister holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music degree from the University of Maryland. His teachers include Douglas Yeo, Matthew Guilford, Carl Jackson, and Murray Crewe.
From 2002-05, MU1 Hollister was bass trombonist of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra in Massachusetts. As a freelance musician he has performed with the Boston Pops, Boston Philharmonic, Vermont Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, New Hampshire Symphony, and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, as well as with the Triton Brass Quintet, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Brass of the Potomac, Frequency Band, Waitiki 7, Callithumpian Consort, and the Monomoy Theatre on Cape Cod. He can be heard on the Price of Freedom: Americans at War exhibition video, on display at the Gehring Center of the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of American History in Washington, DC.
Upon successful audition and completion of basic training at RTC Great Lakes in 2005, MU1 Hollister reported to Annapolis to serve as bass trombonist of the Naval Academy Band. He performs with the concert band, Next Wave jazz ensemble, brass ensemble, ceremonial and marching bands, and as Unit Leader of the trombone quartet. He has appeared as a soloist with the concert band, presented master classes at universities, performed as a guest with the brass quintet, and in several performances in the band's recital series. For a collateral duty he serves as an assistant in the Public Affairs Office where he works as the band's webmaster.
His military awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal (2 awards), National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.