Musician First Class Zac Hollister joined the Naval Academy Band as bass trombonist in 2005. Originally from California, but raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he began his formal trombone studies with both Carl Jackson, principal trombonist of the River City Brass Band and Murray Crewe, bass trombonist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; and was bass trombonist of the Allegheny Brass Band from 1997-2000.
He earned a Bachelor of Music degree in trombone performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in 2004, as a student of Boston Symphony Orchestra bass trombonist, Douglas Yeo. He also holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Maryland, which he earned in 2009 working with National Symphony Orchestra bass trombonist, Matthew Guilford. Other influential teachers include Norman Bolter (Boston Symphony Orchestra), John Heiss (NEC), and Frank Farina (North Allegheny High School in Pittsburgh).
MU1 Hollister has appeared as a soloist and clinician with the “Navy’s Oldest and Finest” band on several occasions, and in performances as a guest with the Boston Pops Orchestra, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Boston Philharmonic, and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. He has additionally performed with the Triton Brass Quintet, Brass of the Potomac, Frequency Band, and the Washington Trombone Ensemble. From 2003-05, he was bass trombonist of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra in Massachusetts.
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. 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.