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

Command Sergeant Major Leslie Nock
Syracuse, New York

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

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

Major Treg Ancelet
Houma, Louisiana
Deputy Commander
E-mail: treg.e.ancelet.mil@mail.mil

First Lieutenant Alexandra Borza
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Associate Bandmaster
Conductor/OIC, Soldiers' Chorus
E-mail: alexandra.m.borza.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


Colonel Jim R. Keene
Commander

Colonel Jim R. 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; and 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.

COL 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." COL 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, COL Keene served as Assistant Conductor of the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Symphony, Orchestra Conductor at the SMU International Conservatory Summer Festival in Taos, New Mexico, 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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COL 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, CSM 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, 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 is currently pursuing an Executive Master's Degree in Public Administration at The American University School of Public Affairs in Washington, DC. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in International Affairs (Middle East concentration) 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 Treg Ancelet
Deputy Commander

Major Treg Ancelet, a native of Houma, Louisiana, currently serves as Deputy Commander of the United States Army Field Band. Recently, he served as the Deputy Commander and Associate Conductor of The United States Army Band "Pershing's Own."

MAJ Ancelet holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, and a Masters of Music in Instrumental Conducting from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where he studied with Professor Anthony Maiello and served as assistant director of its Wind Ensemble.

He served as the Army Forces Central Command (ARCENT) Band Liaison Officer stationed at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait in 2013. While there, he engaged in military relations with bands in Middle Eastern nations including Kuwait and Qatar, while also forming relations with newly organized military bands in Afghanistan.

In 2012, MAJ Ancelet was assigned to the 57th Presidential Inauguration, where he served on the Ceremonial and Special Events Office Staff where he coordinated the entertainment for numerous inaugural balls and events.

From 2005 to 2009, MAJ Ancelet served as deputy commander of The United States Military Academy Band at West Point, New York, where he led ceremonies with the "Long Grey" line on their famous parade field. Also, he directed the band at funerals for some of the country's most recognized generals, and conducted concerts at Trophy Point overlooking the Hudson River. He says that he is most proud of having led the Army Fight Song as the Black Knights football team charged into the stadium for Army-Navy games.

Under MAJ Ancelet's direction, several Army Band ensembles have performed with Broadway legends such as Tony Award-winning vocalist Lea Salonga (Aladdin, Miss Saigon, Mulan), composer/lyricist Charles Strouse (Annie, Bye Bye Birdie), soprano Marni Nixon (West Side Story, King and I, My Fair Lady, Sound of Music), and the New York Philharmonic. He has conducted in an eclectic array of venues – from the White House to the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus – as well as at sporting events for Major League Baseball, the National Football League, and NASCAR.

His other assignments include serving as Commander, United States Army Forces Command Band; Staff Bands Officer, United States Army Forces Command; Executive Officer and Associate Conductor of The United States Army Training and Doctrine Command Band; Executive Officer of the Advanced Individual Training (AIT) Company, United States Army School of Music.

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MAJ Ancelet

First Lieutenant Alexandra Borza
Associate Bandmaster, Conductor/OIC, Soldiers' Chorus

First Lieutenant Alexandra M. Borza serves as Associate Bandmaster of The United States Army Field Band and Conductor and Officer-In-Charge of the Soldiers' Chorus. Prior to this assignment, 1LT Borza was the Executive Officer and Associate Conductor of The Army Ground Forces Band in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Since arriving at The U.S. Army Field Band in January of 2016, 1LT Borza has conducted the Soldiers' Chorus in several distinguished collaborations, most notably a Veteran's Day performance with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall. She has conducted at Lincoln Center in collaboration with the National Symphony Orchestra, and prepared the chorus for the annual PBS National Memorial Day Concert on Capitol Hill and the 2017 Army Birthday Ball. Performing throughout the United States in various venues, she assisted the Commander in leading the Concert Band and Soldiers' Chorus in over 100 performances, including a concert with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. 1LT Borza has assisted the unit in performing over 250 missions in 2017, including preparing the Armed Forces Chorus for State-level events and marching in the 58th Presidential Inaugural Parade.

Prior to commissioning in the United States Army, 1LT Borza performed as clarinetist with the Virginia Wind Symphony, Norfolk Chamber Consort, and Virginia Beach's Tidewater Winds. Inspired by a musical family, she played several instruments throughout school, including trumpet in jazz band, mellophone in marching band, and clarinet in symphony orchestra. After graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree from Old Dominion University in 2011, she earned a Master of Music Education degree with an emphasis in Conducting under the direction of former American Bandmasters Association President Dennis Zeisler. Her clarinet mentors include Dennis Zeisler and Dr. Patti Carlson. She also studied with Dr. Alexander Trevino, and choral conducting with Dr. Nancy Klein.

She attended Basic Combat Training in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, Officer Candidate School in Fort Benning, Georgia, and the Basic Officer Leadership Course at the U.S. Army School of Music, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Virginia. Additional accomplishments include becoming Old Dominion University's first marching band Drum Major in 2008 and induction into the prestigious music fraternity Phi Kappa Lambda in 2010. She is currently an active clinician and member of the College Band Directors National Association. 1LT Borza devotes her life to strengthening the culture and pride of a nation that afforded her the ability to follow her dreams.

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1LT Borza

 

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.

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Mr. Wood