SSG Javier Nero
Hometown: Portland, OR
Joined the Band: 2021
Ensemble: The U.S. Army Blues
Bachelor's Degree: The Juilliard School
Master's Degree: The University of Miami Frost School of Music
Doctorate or Performance Certificate: The University of Miami Frost School of Music
SSG Javier Nero is an international award-winning jazz trombonist, composer, arranger and educator. Nero has won first place in four international jazz solo competitions, including the International Trombone Association’s J.J. Johnson and Carl Fontana competitions, the Texas State Jazz Trombone competition, and the Eastern Trombone Workshop jazz solo competition. Javier’s compositions have also earned him entry into the prestigious Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program, the Banff Centre’s Jazz and Creative Music Workshop, awards from Ithaca College, and Downbeat magazine. Nero released an album in 2020 entitled “Freedom” which features ten original compositions written for his septet, featuring Grammy award- winning trumpeter Brain Lynch and pianist Shelly Berg. Dr. Nero recently won the position of lead trombone in the prestigious the U.S. Army Blues, an element of The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in Washington D.C.