Cheryl Sizer was born in Morgantown, West Virginia, but spent the majority of her childhood and adolescence in Lafayette, Louisiana.
While attending Acadiana High School in Scott, Louisiana, Sizer found a love for playing the flute, and eventually went on to Loyola University in New Orleans where she studied music education. After receiving her undergraduate degree, Sizer decided to attend Temple University in Philadelphia.
In 1990, Sizer auditioned for the United States Air Force Band, was accepted, and enlisted with the air force for four years. After basic training, Sizer was initially assigned to March Air Force Base in Riverside, California, before having to reenlist and transferring to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1994.
Towards the end of her twenty years in the air force, Sizer was the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge [NCOIC] for the U.S. Air Force Band’s specialty ensemble Academy Winds, as well as for the concert band.
After leaving the air force, Sizer and her family moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she now works with at a hospice facility.