Originally from Ballston Spa, New York, Musician First Class Ira Ostrowski comes from a musical family. His father, a trombonist in the U.S. Coast Guard Band, taught him to play trombone, and his mother was a trumpet player and pianist. While a freshman in high school, MU1 Ostrowski performed with the Coast Guard Band brass ensemble. By the time he graduated from Ballston Spa High School, he was playing not only trombone, but bass guitar and keyboards, and singing and playing in local bands.
As a vocalist, MU1 Ostrowski has been the featured act in countless clubs and casinos, and has toured the East coast, from Boston to Miami, as well as the Reno/Lake Tahoe area. As a trombonist, he studied with Dr. William Meckley at Schenectady County Community College, where he performed as principal trombonist of the SCCC Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, and various chamber groups.
MU1 Ostrowski began his military career in 1997 as a trombonist and vocalist in the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West, located at Travis Air Force Base, California. While assigned there, he performed with the Concert Band, Brass Quintet, and the Commander’s Jazz Ensemble. After a short time, he was assigned as the vocalist for the concert band and the Commander’s Jazz Ensemble, as well as the lead vocalist and musical director of their popular music group, “Galaxy”.
In 2002, MU1 Ostrowski was selected for duty with the U.S. Naval Academy Band, where he currently is the featured vocalist with the concert band, Next Wave Jazz Ensemble, and the Navy’s premier contemporary music ensemble, Electric Brigade. In addition to being the lead vocalist, he also plays electric bass in Electric Brigade. In the marching and ceremonial units, MU1 Ostrowski plays trombone. His collateral duties are Leading Petty Officer and musical director of Electric Brigade, and Travel Assistant.
MU1 Ostrowski has been awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Navy Expert Rifleman Medal.