Kirsten played with the multicultural jazz band, Black Masala, at Villain and Saint restaurant and bar in Bethesda, MD this past June. She says what she enjoys most about playing with the band is their diversity in sound. With the U.S. Army Band, she rarely gets the opportunity to play in jazz ensembles with her trombone, since the band primarily performs at formal events which require patriotic ensembles. Black Masala allows her to musically fulfill her love for jazz and other international sounds. She performs with the band whenever they are in the D.C. metropolitan area.