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Master Sergeant Douglas Tejada
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Master Sergeant Douglas Tejada performs on string bass and bass guitar with the Band of the Golden West.

Sergeant Tejada hails from New York, NY and, as many "Newyoricans," spent his adolescent years bouncing between the Bronx, NY and Puerto Rico. In 1979, he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied with Whit Browne. In 1980, he transferred to Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas, where he was offered both a track and field and music scholarship. In 1984, Sergeant Tejada graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Jazz Arranging, Composition, and Performance.

From 1984 through 1988 Sergeant Tejada served in the U.S. Army as an Administrative Specialist with the 8th Army, Yongston Korea, Maintenance Training Division and the Army Intelligence School in Fort Devens, MA, where he also wrote the Sports Page for the Fort Devens newspaper. In 1988, he became an Army musician and began performing with the 399th Army Band at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. In 1991, he transferred to the 3rd Infantry Division Band in Bamberg, Germany.

Upon leaving the U.S. Army, Sergeant Tejada completed his Master of Music degree at Wichita State University in 1996, where he worked as a Graduate Assistant directing the school's Salsa ensemble and teaching world music courses. He was then awarded a talent based scholarship from the University of Miami, where he completed a Doctorate in Jazz Performance in 2004.

1984 Bachelor of Arts, Ottawa University
1989 Primary Leadership Development Course, Ft Leonard Wood, MO
1990 Basic Non-Commissioned Officers Course, Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base, VA
1997 Master of Music, Wichita State University
2002 Phase 1 Advance Non-Commissioned Officers Course, Ft Jackson, SC
2004 Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Miami
2005 NCO Academy, Robins AFB, GA
2010 First Sergeant Seminar, McGuire AFB, NJ
2010 Army Senior Leaders Course, Little Creek/Ft Story JEB, VA

1984-1985 Training Support Activity Korea, Yongsan, Korea
1985-1987 Maintenance Training Division Army Intelligence School, Ft. Devens, MA
1988-1990 399th Army Band, Ft. Leonard Wood, MO
1991-1994 3rd Infantry Division Band, Bamberg, GE
1998-2004 13th Army National Guard Band, Miami, FL
2004-2013 Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, Robins AFB, GA
2013-present USAF Band of the Golden West, Travis AFB, CA

Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Army Good Conduct Medal
Reserve Component Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation Ribbon
Army Overseas Service Ribbon
Army NCO Professional Development Ribbon
Army Service Ribbon
National Defense Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Technical Sergeant 4 June 2004
Master Sergeant 1 March 2009

(Current as of August 2013)

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