Trombonist Kirsten Warfield did her undergraduate work at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. She then earned a master of music degree from Indiana University where she studied with M. Dee Stewart. In 1999 she became the first woman trombonist ever hired by the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own.” In 2009, she took the helm of the American Trombone Workshop’s National Solo Competition and doubled its size over the next two years. Kirsten maintains an active freelance career in addition to her army band duties. She is currently second trombone with the Arlington Philharmonic, a regular member of the contemporary music group Great Noise Ensemble and the gypsy rock band Black Masala. As an educator, she teaches low brass students at Episcopal High School and the Bullis School. Kirsten is also an active composer-performer, writing and performing works for local and national audiences.