Musician 1st Class Eileen Asero
Musician 1st Class Eileen Asero, from Olympia, Washington, began playing trumpet at age eight. She received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Puget Sound, and both a Master of Music and Professional Studies Certificate in orchestral performance from the Manhattan School of Music. Her teachers include Robert Sullivan, Vincent Penzarella, Tom Smith, Russell Campbell, Judson Scott, Gary Dilworth, Kevin Cobb and David Bilger.
Asero has performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, Da Capo Chamber Players, Merce Cunningham Dance Company at Lincoln Center, and appearing on Good Morning America with Shakira. She has been a featured soloist with the U.S. Navy Band on the U.S. Capitol steps, the Montclair Chamber Orchestra, and the University of Puget Sound Wind Ensemble. She attended the Aspen Music Festival in 1999 and 2000, and received a fellowship at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival with the Echelon Brass Quintet in 2002.
A strong proponent of music education, Asero instructed brass players in the New York Pops Salute to Music program, performed educational concerts with the Echelon Brass Quintet in New York City Public schools, and performed for an educational concert tour in Texas. She also taught trumpet at the Washington Conservatory of Music, the International School of Music in Bethesda and the Bergen Academy of Music.
In 2005, Asero auditioned for and was selected for assignment to the U.S. Navy Band, Washington D.C. where she served with the concert and ceremonial bands until 2019. While at Navy Band, she toured throughout the United States, performed at the White House and Pentagon, and most notably, performed funerals at Arlington National Cemetery, rendering Taps for veterans. While at the U.S. Navy Band her collateral duties included Navy Marine Corps Relief Society Graphics Coordinator, Navy Band Calligrapher and assisted with Public Affairs, Tour Operations, ASBP Blood Drives, the Music Library, and Stage Crew.
In 2019, Asero was selected for assignment to the U.S. Naval Academy Band, reporting for duty as trumpet instrumentalist with the marching band and ceremonial units, wind ensemble, and brass ensemble.
Asero’s awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Navy Good Conduct Medal (four awards).