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Lieutenant Colonel Jim R. Keene
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Commander
E-mail: jim.r.keene.mil@mail.mil

Lieutenant Colonel Paul Bamonte
Washington, DC
Deputy Commander
E-mail: paul.r.bamonte.mil@mail.mil

Major Scott McKenzie
Mechanicsville, Maryland
Associate Bandmaster
Conductor/OIC, Concert Band
E-mail: james.s.mckenzie2.mil@mail.mil

Command Sergeant Major Leslie Nock
Syracuse, New York

Command Sergeant Major
E-mail: leslie.nock.mil@mail.mil

Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Wood
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Bandmaster, Conductor/OIC, Jazz Ambassadors
E-mail: daniel.p.wood.mil@mail.mil


Lieutenant Colonel Jim R. Keene
Commander

Lieutenant Colonel Jim Keene became the Commander of The United States Army Field Band in January 2015. Prior to this assignment, he served as Commander of the United States Military Academy Band at West Point, New York; Commandant of the Army School of Music at Norfolk, Virginia; at The United States Army Band "Pershing's Own" in Washington, DC; the U.S. Army Europe Band and Chorus in Heidelberg, Germany; and the Army Ground Forces Band in Atlanta, Georgia.

LTC Keene has led numerous performances for international military and civilian leaders, dignitaries, and heads of state. During his time as Commander of the United States Military Academy Band at West Point, he led performances for the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty, co-directed the music for A&E's and the National Park Service's "A New Birth of Freedom" special for the 150th commemoration of the Battle of Gettysburg, and a one-hour music special holiday production by the West Point Band aired on Fox News, "A West Point Holiday." LTC Keene led The U.S. Army Chorus in performances at the interments of former Presidents Ronald Reagan in Simi Valley, California, and Gerald R. Ford in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has performed for seven U.S. presidents, at the 1996 Summer Olympic and Para-Olympic Games in Atlanta, the dedication of the National WWII Memorial, the one-year anniversary of 9/11 at the Pentagon, the "Kennedy Center Honors," and the Military District of Washington's production, "Spirit of America." He has worked with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and Chorus and the National Symphony Orchestra, and has conducted the Dallas Wind Symphony, the Boston Pops Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic.

Prior to joining the Army, LTC Keene served as Assistant Conductor of the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Symphony, Orchestra Conductor at the SMU International Conservatory Summer Festival in Taos, and Music Director of the Albuquerque Civic Light Opera. He holds a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of New Mexico. He is a violinist, fiddler, pianist, accompanist, and songwriter, and is a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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LTC Keene

 

Command Sergeant Major Leslie Nock
Command Sergeant Major

Command Sergeant Major Leslie Nock is originally from Syracuse, New York. Prior to joining The U.S. Army Field Band, Nock served in a variety of assignments, including the 1st Cavalry Division Band, the U.S. Army Europe Band and Chorus, the U.S. Army Signal Corps Band, the 10th Mountain Division Band, the U.S. Army School of Music, the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band, the 8th Army Band, and the 18th Army Band.

In addition to being the first Sergeant Major of the 1st Cavalry Division Band, Command Sergeant Major Nock served as Senior Drill Sergeant at the U.S. Army School of Music, Platoon Sergeant, and First Sergeant, and attended the Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss, Texas. She was deployed as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She holds degrees from Pennsylvania State University, Arizona State University, and Onondaga Community College.

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CSM Nock

Lieutenant Colonel Paul Bamonte
Deputy Commander

A native of Washington, DC, Lieutenant Colonel Paul Bamonte became the Deputy Commander of The United States Army Field Band in January 2015. His most recent appointment was as Deputy Commandant of the United States Army School of Music (USASOM) in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Before arriving at USASOM, he was the Army Music Liaison Officer for Southwest Asia, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, serving as the senior U.S. Military music advisor for U.S. Army Central Command. In this capacity, he initiated and developed the first host-nation partnership with the Kuwait National Guard Band (KNG) and subsequently facilitated a two-week visit to USASOM, where the KNG Band senior leadership observed music training and performed with the USASOM staff in a tri-service (Army, Navy, and Marine Corps) concert for the public and local senior leaders. Also while in Kuwait, he performed technical-assistance visits to U.S. Army Bands providing musical support to American servicemembers and host-nation partners and personnel. Lieutenant Colonel Bamonte also performed as solo pianist for the U.S. Ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait City at functions in support of U.S. Military operations, and formed a rock band with musicians from the 39th Army National Guard Band, performing multiple troop-support missions across Kuwait. Previous appointments include Associate Conductor of The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own," Director of The U.S. Army Strings, and conductor of The U.S. Army Orchestra; Public Affairs Liaison Officer with the Joint Task Force-National Capital Region to the Presidential Inaugural Committee, 2012-2013; Commander and Conductor of the Army Ground Forces Band in Atlanta, Georgia, 2004-2006; Associate Conductor of The U.S. Army Field Band, Washington, DC, 2000-2003; and Associate Conductor of the Army Ground Forces Band, 1998-2000. During his most recent tour of duty with the Army Ground Forces Band, he performed as the seventh Music Director of the Atlanta Wind Symphony, where he served as Principal Guest Conductor.

Lieutenant Colonel Bamonte holds a Master of International Affairs degree from The Bush School of Government and Public Service. He studied orchestral conducting, opera conducting, and piano at Florida State University (FSU) under Mark Gibson, and earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Shenandoah Conservatory. While at FSU, he also served as Assistant Conductor of the Florida State University Symphony Orchestra and Opera. He is a graduate of the Army's Intermediate Level Education and the Public Affairs Qualification Course from the Defense Information School at Fort Meade, Maryland, qualifying him as an Army Public Affairs Officer. Lieutenant Colonel Bamonte lives in Woodbridge, Virginia with his wife Janny Pattaravareenon, who works as a registered nurse in Washington, DC.

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LTC Bamonte

Major Scott McKenzie
Associate Bandmaster, Conductor/OIC, Concert Band

Major Scott McKenzie was assigned as Associate Bandmaster of The U.S. Army Field Band and Officer-in-Charge of the Concert Band in August 2012. Previously, he was Commander of the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command Band at Fort Eustis, Virginia. Major McKenzie initially enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1999 and was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division Band at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Upon earning his commission, he served at the Army School of Music, the United States Army Europe Band and Chorus, and The United States Army Band.

Major McKenzie earned a Master of Music degree in Composition from George Mason University, where he was a student of Dr. Glenn Smith and Mark Camphouse. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Virginia Tech and studied music education and conducting at Old Dominion University and the Peabody Conservatory. Before enlisting in the Army, he taught band, chorus, and general music at the middle school level for four years.

Major McKenzie and his wife, Anne, have three children: Jimmy, Colleen, and Allie.

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MAJ McKenzie

 

Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Wood
Bandmaster, Conductor/OIC, Jazz Ambassadors

Chief Warrant Officer Two Daniel Wood joined The United States Army Field Band in December 2014 as the Officer-in-Charge of America's Big Band, The Jazz Ambassadors, and the Army's premier touring rock band, The Volunteers. Prior to this assignment, he served as Commander of the 10th Mountain Division Band at Fort Drum, New York, with whom he deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, providing music throughout the theater of operations for service members and civilians. He has also served as Commander of the I Corps Band at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. As an enlisted Soldier-Musician, CW2 Wood was assigned as a French horn player to the Infantry Center Band at Fort Benning, Georgia and the Intelligence Center of Excellence Band at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. While in Arizona, he also performed as Music Director and principal conductor of the Sierra Vista Community Band.

CW2 Wood holds a Master of Music degree and Bachelor of Music Education degree from New Mexico State University. While earning his Master's degree, he served as Director of the Basketball Band, Co-Director for the NMSU Symphonic Band, and Assistant for the NMSU Pride Marching Band and Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Although raised in an Air Force family involving multiple moves, CW2 Wood considers Las Cruces, New Mexico his home.

Joining him in his Army life are his beautiful wife, Dyana, and their four sons.

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Mr. Wood