Musician 1st Class Sean Nelson plays trombone in the U.S. Coast Guard Band and jazz trombone in the United States Coast Guard Dixieland Jazz Band. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from Sam Houston State University, studying trombone with Henry Howey, and a Master of Music degree from the University of North Texas, studying trombone with Tony Baker and jazz composition with Paris Rutherford and Rich DeRosa. While at North Texas, he was trombonist and composer for the world renowned One O’Clock Lab Band. As a native of Dallas, Texas, he freelanced with big bands, salsa bands, top 40/cover bands, and orchestras, as well as performing aboard several ships for Princess Cruises. His is an active arranger and composer and recently won two awards from Downbeat Magazine for his big band arrangements of "Beautiful Love" and "Just Friends".