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Flute and Piccolo

Sergeant First Class Katayoon Hodjati
A native of Silver Spring, Maryland, Sergeant First Class Katayoon Hodjati joined The U.S. Army Field Band in 2004. Prior to her appointment, she performed with the Musica Nova, Mesa, and Phoenix Symphonies. SFC Hodjati received both a Doctor of Musical Arts and a Master of Music degree from Arizona State University. She also holds a Bachelor of Music degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Oberlin College and Conservatory. SFC Hodjati is the flutist in The U.S. Army Field Band Woodwind Quintet, as well as in the Jazz Ambassadors' Latin ensemble, Son Tropical. When not performing, she is pursuing her other passions of teaching, cooking, yoga, and Middle Eastern dance.
Sergeant First Class Sarah Eckman McIver
Sergeant First Class Sarah Eckman McIver enjoys a diverse performing career that ranges from historical early flute concerts to cutting-edge contemporary music performances. She is a founding member of Washington's Camerata, a baroque flute trio in residence at the historic Washington Parish in Virginia. SFC McIver recently earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Maryland, College Park, researching modern works by flutist-composers. She earned a Master of Music degree at Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England and a Bachelor of Music degree at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Her primary teachers include Timothy Hutchins, Peter Lloyd, Lisa Beznosiuk, and Dr. William Montgomery.
Staff Sergeant Pamela Daniels
SSG Pamela Daniels is a native of Reston, Virginia. She completed her Master of Music degree at the New England Conservatory of Music and her Bachelor of Music degree at the Eastman School of Music. SSG Daniels was also awarded the Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School in 2008. SSG Daniels held the position of Principal Flute with the Cape Cod Symphony, and has held fellowships at the Tanglewood Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, and National Orchestral Institute. Her primary flute instructors have included Elizabeth Rowe, Bonita Boyd, Paula Robison, and Judith Lapple.
Staff Sergeant Kasumi Leonard
Staff Sergeant Kasumi Leonard is originally from Seattle, Washington and joined The U.S. Army Field Band in 2009. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree from The Eastman School of Music where she studied with Bonita Boyd and Anne Lindblom Harrow. During her studies at The Eastman School of Music, SSG Leonard performed as a substitute with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also performed with the New York String Orchestra, the National Orchestral Institute, the Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra and the Inscape Chamber Orchestra. SSG Leonard is a member of Flarpa, the Army Field Band's flute and harp duo.
Staff Sergeant Sean Owen
Staff Sergeant Sean Owen was Flute Professor at Grand Valley State University, in Allendale, MI, and is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music by MTNA. He is a prizewinner in the 2004 National Flute Association Young Artist Competition and has served as principal flute of the Heidelberg Castle Festival Orchestra in Heidelberg, Germany. SSG Owen also judged competitions for the National Flute Association, Rochester Flute Association, Central Michigan University, and Maryland Music Educators Association. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music, a Master of Music degree from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music. His primary teachers include Bonita Boyd, Katherine Borst Jones, Heidi Ruby-Kushious, and Beth Owen.
Staff Sergeant Gina Sebastian
Staff Sergeant Gina Sebastian has served as Flutist with The U.S. Army Field Band since 2010. She is a member of the Pentagon Winds woodwind quintet and a frequent soloist with the band. SSG Sebastian also performs as Principal Flute of the Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra, a self-conducted group based in Washington, DC. SSG Sebastian performed at the 2012 National Flute Association's annual convention, and she served on the flute faculty of the 2013 Siena Music Festival in Siena, Italy. SSG Sebastian received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Bonita Boyd, and was a fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival.

Oboe/English Horn

Sergeant First Class Daniel Brimhall
Sergeant First Class Daniel Brimhall is originally from Sweet Grass, Montana, and began his musical studies in Lethbridge, Alberta. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Hartt School of The University of Hartford, and a Master of Music degree from Yale University. He has performed with the Hartford Symphony and the Connecticut Opera, and can be heard on the Centaur Label recording Dreams and Nocturnes: Chamber Music of Stephen Gryc. SFC Brimhall joined the Army Field Band in 2004 where he serves as oboe section leader and oboist in the Pentagon Winds. His teachers include Richard Killmer, Humbert Lucarelli, Roger McDonald, and Stewart Grant.
Staff Sergeant Erika Grimm
Staff Sergeant Erika Grimm began playing the oboe at age nine, and pursued music through high school and college at such festivals as the Interlochen Arts Camp and Brevard Music Festival. She received her Bachelor of Music Performance degree from The Florida State University, where she studied with Eric Ohlsson. Erika went on to pursue a Master of Music Degree and Performer Diploma at Indiana University. Her primary teachers were Linda Strommen and Roger Roe. SSG Grimm teaches oboe privately and is active as a performer in Washington, DC and Baltimore. She is currently a member of The U.S. Army Field Band Woodwind Quintet and plays with the Baltimore Blasserquintet.
Staff Sergeant Sarah Schram-Borg
Originally from Milton, Massachusetts, Staff Sergeant Sarah Schram-Borg holds a Master of Music degree from Yale University and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music. Her principal teachers were Richard Killmer and Alex Klein. Prior to joining The U.S. Army Field Band, SSG Schram-Borg performed with many ensembles, including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, American Modern Ensemble, New Jersey and New Haven Symphonies, and on the Broadway shows Wicked and Les Miserables. She is currently the oboist with the Woodwind Ambassadors.

Clarinet

Master Sergeant Matthew Kanowith
Master Sergeant Matthew Kanowith is an Assistant Section Leader in the clarinet section. He is a member of the Pentagon Winds and has performed as a featured soloist with the Concert Band. Prior to joining The U.S. Army Field Band, MSG Kanowith was a member of the Florida West Coast Symphony and a participant in the Sarasota and Chautauqua music festivals. He earned a Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Indiana University. MSG Kanowith's teachers include Eli Eban, Anthony Gigliotti, and Yehuda Gilad.
Master Sergeant Reis McCullough
A native of Seattle, Master Sergeant Reis McCullough became Principal Clarinet of the Concert Band in 2006 and Concertmaster in 2010. He is currently the Group Leader of The U.S. Army Field Band Clarinet Quartet, and has frequently performed as soloist with the Concert Band. He received a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan and both a Bachelor of Music degree and Performer's Certificate from The Eastman School of Music. He has studied with William Blayney, Kenneth Grant, and Fred Ormand. In 2000, he toured Japan with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, and has also performed with the Slee Symphonietta, Federal Way Philharmonic, and Chautauqua Festival Orchestra. In his free time, MSG McCullough enjoys teaching clarinet to young students and providing assistance to schools in his community.
Master Sergeant Shari Smith **
Master Sergeant Shari Smith is the clarinet section leader of the Concert Band, and has been with The U.S. Army Field Band since 1993. She earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University, a Master of Music degree from the University of Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northeastern Oklahoma State University. While in Michigan, MSG Smith taught at Lansing Community College and performed with the Jackson and Lansing Symphony Orchestras. MSG Smith's teachers include Dr. Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, Dr. David Etheridge, and Joe L. Davis.
Sergeant First Class Jennifer Everhart
Staff Sergeant Jennifer Everhart joined The U.S. Army Field Band in August 2005. She has performed as a soloist with the band on numerous concert tours, and currently serves as bass clarinetist with the Army Field Band Clarinet Quartet. SSG Everhart is a member of one of Baltimore's leading contemporary music ensembles, Mobtown Modern, and is an active performer in the Baltimore/DC area. She has also performed with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, and Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. She teaches a private clarinet studio in the Howard County school district. SSG Everhart earned a Master of Music degree at Indiana University, where she studied with Professor Howard Klug, and a Bachelor of Music degree at Furman University, where she studied with Dr. Robert Chesebro.
Sergeant First Class Michael Sears
Sergeant First Class C. Michael Sears is from Lithia Springs, Georgia. He earned a Master of Music degree from Indiana University studying under Howard Klug and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Georgia, where he studied with Dr. Theodore Jahn. Before joining The U.S. Army Field Band, he was a guest artist in Costa Rica for Promising Artists of the 21st Century program. While serving as clarinetist for the Concert Band, SFC Sears has been featured as a soloist on numerous concert tours and as assistant principal clarinetist. SFC Sears is the founding member of the Chamber Clarinets, serving as the ensemble's Eb clarinetist. When not performing with the Concert Band, SFC Sears enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters. He also enjoys running, biking, and basketball.
Staff Sergeant Lauren Angert
Staff Sergeant Lauren Angert is originally from Lynchburg, Virginia. Before becoming a member of The U.S. Army Field Band in 2006, she earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Georgia. She has performed with various orchestras in Georgia, including the Gainesville and Toccoa Symphonies. Her teachers include Fred Ormand and D. Ray McClellan. SSG Angert is a member of the Army Field Band Capitol Clarinets and currently maintains a private clarinet studio in Howard County, Maryland.
Staff Sergeant John Blair
Originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia, Staff Sergeant John Blair holds a Master of Music degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from James Madison University. His principal teachers include Richie Hawley, Steve Cohen, Ron de Kant, Dr. Janice Minor, Dr. D. Ray McClellan, and Patti Carlson. As a member of The U.S. Army Field Band, SSG Blair has performed as soloist with the Concert Band and on the Army Field Band's Chamber Recital Series. He is a member of the Woodwind Ambassadors and has performed numerous educational outreach concerts and masterclasses. SSG Blair has also performed professionally with the Tidewater Winds Concert Band, the Penn's Woods Festival Orchestra, the Howard County Ballet Orchestra, the Columbia Orchestra, and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra in conjunction with the Bay Youth Symphony Orchestra. SSG Blair is a substitute clarinetist with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra.
Staff Sergeant Marlena Dillenbeck
Staff Sergeant Marlena Dillenbeck is a native of Coopersville, Michigan. She holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Bachelor of Music degree from Michigan State University. Prior to joining The U.S. Army Field Band, SSG Dillenbeck played principal clarinet with the Ann Arbor Symphony from 1997 to 1999, attended the Aspen, National Orchestral Institute, National Repertory Orchestra, and Jerusalem International Symphony Orchestra festivals, and was a member of the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. She has performed with the Colorado Music Festival and the Colorado Symphony, and is currently principal clarinetist of the Annapolis Symphony.
Staff Sergeant Jeremy Klenke
Staff Sergeant Jeremy Klenke is a native of Aurora, Illinois. Prior to joining The U.S. Army Field Band, SSG Klenke attended The Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Ken Grant. While attending The Eastman School of Music, he performed as soloist at Carnegie Hall and appeared on the Latin Grammy-nominated performance of Jorge Liderman's Barcelonazo. SSG Klenke began studying clarinet with his mom at the age of 10, subsequently studying with John Bruce Yeh and Susan Warner. SSG Klenke is a member of the Capitol Clarinets, and is also an avid long distance runner, chess player, and pianist.
Staff Sergeant S. Joel Klenke
Staff Sergeant S. Joel Klenke holds a Bachelor's degree and Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. His principal teachers include Kenneth Grant and John Yeh. SSG Klenke has performed with the Eastman Virtuosi, the Bard College Conductor's Institute Orchestra, and the National Repertory Orchestra. A member of The U.S. Army Field Band since 2005, SSG Klenke has performed with one of the band's clarinet quartets and with the Army Field Band Woodwind Quintet. He has performed with the Concert Band in 48 states. In his spare time, SSG Klenke enjoys backpacking and landscape photography.
Staff Sergeant Matthew Sikes
Staff Sergeant Matthew Sikes earned his Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan and his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Georgia, where he was a recipient of the Theodore Jahn Memorial Woodwind Award and the Alice Whitaker Award. Prior to joining The U.S. Army Field Band, SSG Sikes performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and was a substitute musician with the Augusta Symphony Orchestra. His primary teachers include D. Ray McClellan, Dan Gilbert, Fred Ormand, and Lee Livengood.

Eb-Clarinet

Staff Sergeant Brian Eldridge
Staff Sergeant Brian Eldridge earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Music degree from West Virginia University. He has studied with John Weigand, Fred Ormand, Richard Page, Yehuda Gilad, and Jean Miller. Prior to joining The U.S. Army Field Band, he performed with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Windsor (Ontario) Symphony Orchestra, Plymouth (Michigan) Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. SSG Eldridge is the Eb clarinetist with the Army Field Band Clarinet Quartet.

Bass Clarinet

Sergeant First Class Chad Martin
Sergeant First Class Chad Martin calls Madison, South Dakota home. He received a Master of Music degree in Wind Instruments from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Augustana College. Prior to serving with The U.S. Army Field Band, he served with the U.S. Army Europe Band in Heidelberg, Germany. SFC Martin has performed with the Annapolis Symphony, South Dakota Symphony, Adrian Symphony, and the Blaeserphilharmonie Heilbronn, and taught with the Michigan All-State Program at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. His teachers include Beverly Gibson, Christopher Hill, and Deborah Chodacki.
Staff Sergeant Kevin Walko
Staff Sergeant Kevin Walko earned a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University under the tutelage of Steven Cohen and J. Lawrie Bloom. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Duquesne University, where he studied clarinet with Jack Howell and jazz studies with Mike Tomaro and Sean Jones. SSG Walko performs with the Capitol Clarinets, and is an active private teacher, composer, and copyist in central Maryland. He has performed with Sean Jones, Paquito D'Rivera, Bob Mintzer, Yo-Yo Ma, Eddie Daniels, and William Preucil. In his free time, SSG Walko captains ultimate frisbee teams for the Central Maryland Ultimate Association.

Bassoon

Master Sergeant Daniel Bowlds***
Master Sergeant J. Daniel Bowlds is a native of Lexington, Kentucky and an avid UK basketball fan. He earned an assistantship and a Master of Music degree at Kent State University, where his graduate woodwind quintet, Aeolus V, was a finalist in the 1997 Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition. While completing a Bachelor of Arts degree from Missouri Western State College, he studied both voice and bassoon, and was principal bassoonist for the Missouri All-Collegiate Band and the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia National Assembly. MSG Bowlds's instructors include Richard Yeager, David Debolt, and Linda Harwell. He currently serves as woodwind group leader with the Concert Band.
Staff Sergeant Thaddeus Macaulay Crutcher, Jr.
Staff Sergeant Thaddeus Macaulay Crutcher, Jr. has been a member of The U.S. Army Field Band since 2007. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he studied bassoon, flute, and music education. From 2005 to 2007, SSG Crutcher served as bassoonist and flutist with the Army Ground Forces Band stationed at Ft. McPherson, Georgia. While there he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for outstanding soloist. He has given masterclasses and clinics of all levels across the United States, and has performed with the Ludwig Symphony, The New Atlanta Philharmonic, The Gateway Symphony Orchestra, The Manassas Ballet, The Gilded Flute and Harp Duo, The U.S. Army Field Band Woodwind Quintet and the Army Ground Forces Band Woodwind Quintet. SSG Crutcher's teachers include John Hunt, David Vanhoesen, Dale Clark, David Conn, Carl Hall, Donna Shin, and Jim Zellers.
Staff Sergeant Patricia Dusold
Staff Sergeant Patricia Dusold is originally from Glenn Dale, Maryland. Prior to joining The U.S. Army Field Band, she performed with the Chattanooga Symphony. SSG Dusold has appeared at music festivals across the country, including the Tanglewood Music Center, Pacific Music Festival, and Blossom Music Festival. She can be heard on the Atlanta Chamber Winds recording Music From Paris. SSG Dusold earned a Master of Music degree from Rice University and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Institute. Her primary teachers are Linda Harwell and Benjamin Kamins.

Saxophone

Sergeant First Class Christopher Blossom
Sergeant First Class Christopher Blossom holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Music degree from Bowling Green State University. He has studied saxophone with Jason Berckley, John Sampen, Don Sinta, and bassoon with Richard Beene. As a freelance musician, SFC Blossom performs regularly in the Baltimore/DC area as a woodwind doubler. Currently, his main focus is to explore the possibilities of the saxophone through freely improvised music and to share ideas with audiences and colleagues. Outside of music, SFC Blossom enjoys honing his skills on the basketball court and spending time at home with his wife, Anne.
Sergeant First Class Brian Sacawa
Sergeant First Class Brian Sacawa is originally from Schenectady, New York and currently serves as Saxophone Section Leader and Saxophone Quartet Group Leader. Called "an inventive musician" (The New York Times), "inspired" (The Washington Post), and "brilliant" (Baltimore Sun), his versatile career has led to performances with ensembles such as the Detroit Symphony, New World Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and International Contemporary Ensemble. Additionally, SFC Sacawa is a frequent performer with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and appears on their upcoming recording of Leonard Bernstein's Symphony No. 3. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan, the Peabody Conservatory, and the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, where he studied with Donald Sinta, Gary Louie, and Lynn Klock.
Staff Sergeant Daniel Goff
Staff Sergeant Daniel Goff is originally from Morgantown, West Virginia. Prior to joining The U.S. Army Field Band, SSG Goff served for six years in the 249th Army Band of the West Virginia Army National Guard. He is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan and has earned a Bachelor of Music degree from West Virginia University. His teachers include Curtis Johnson, David Wright, Donald Sinta, and James Houlik. SSG Goff has performed with the Mon River Big Band, the Maestros of Swing, Rick K and the Allnighters, the Morgantown Municipal Band, and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.
Staff Sergeant David Parks
Staff Sergeant David Parks is currently a doctoral candidate at Indiana University, and holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Bachelor of Music degree from Whitworth College. In 2006, he was featured at the Integrales New Music Festival, and has presented guest recitals at the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference and the World Saxophone Congresses in Slovenia and Minneapolis. SSG Parks is also a past winner of the Music Teachers National Association Competition and the IBLA International Performance Competition. SSG Parks's teachers include Otis Murphy, Lawrence Gwozdz, and Sylvia Baker.

Trumpet

Sergeant Major Virginia Turner §
SGM Turner is the Detachment Leader of the Concert Band. SGM Turner earned a Master's of Music degree at Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Music Education degree at New Mexico State University. As a trumpet player, she has given masterclasses and concerts in all 50 states and enjoys an active freelance career. She is a board member of the International Women's Brass Conference, and produces the Annual Holiday Brass Concert in Baltimore as a fundraiser for the IWBC. SGM Turner is also an avid cyclist, and enjoys working with disadvantaged children at St. Vincent's Orphanage.
Master Sergeant Michael Klima **
Master Sergeant Michael Klima is a native of Sartell, Minnesota and joined The U.S. Army Field Band in 1999. He holds a Master of Music degree from Kent State University in Ohio, where he was the graduate trumpet assistant and member of the Kent Faculty Brass Quintet, and a Bachelor of Music degree from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. MSG Klima has performed extensively in the Cleveland and Akron areas as a freelance artist and with such groups as the Metropolitan Brass Quintet, Great Lakes Brass Quintet, and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. He currently serves as the principal trumpet, trumpet section leader, and Group Leader of The U.S Army Field Band Chamber Brass. MSG Klima also holds a military motor coach license, and enjoys woodworking and home improvement projects during his personal time.
Sergeant First Class Nicholas Althouse
Sergeant First Class Nicholas Althouse is a native of Salem, Ohio. He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of North Texas, and has earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Arkansas and a Bachelor of Music degree from The Ohio State University. He also holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Baroque Trumpet Performance from the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. SFC Althouse has performed throughout the United States and Europe in ensembles and as a soloist on both modern and baroque trumpets. Prior to joining the The U.S. Army Field Band in 2008, he served for more than 15 years in the Air Force, Air Force Reserve, and Army National Guard.
Sergeant First Class Phillip Johnson
Sergeant First Class Phillip Kennedy Johnson earned a Master of Music degree from the University of North Texas, where he served as teaching fellow for the Department of Jazz Studies, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Eastern Kentucky University. SFC Johnson has performed with the Lexington Philharmonic, Dallas Opera, Washington Symphonic Brass, and the Moscow Ballet. He was a member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra from 2004-2005. SFC Johnson is active in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area as performer, teacher, clinician, and arranger, and studies Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts at Maryland Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Sergeant First Class James Wood, Jr.
Sergeant First Class James Wood was raised in Chapel Hill, NC and East Lansing, MI. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas, a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory. His instructors include Armando Ghitalla, Charles Schlueter, Vincent Cichowicz, and Keith Johnson. He has served as principal trumpet of the North Texas Wind Symphony, has performed with the Dallas Opera and the Newcastle Brass Quintet, and was a teaching fellow at the University of North Texas. SFC Wood joined the U.S. Army Field Band in 2001, and is currently the Trumpet Assistant Section Leader and Group Leader of the Federal Brass Instrumentalists (FBI). When not performing, he and his wife, Holly, also a musician and alumnus of The U.S. Army Field Band, spend their time raising their three sons.
Sergeant First Class Ward Yager
Sergeant First Class Ward Yager calls Memphis, Tennessee his hometown and joined The U.S. Army Field Band in 2004. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland, a Master of Music degree from the University of North Texas, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Memphis. SFC Yager has recorded for Klavier Recordings, GIA Publications, and Summit Records, and served as an instructor at summer camps and festivals at the University of Memphis and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. His teachers include Chris Gekker, Keith Johnson, John Holt, and Dr. David Spencer. SFC Yager is a member of the Army Field Band Brass Quintet and Leader of the Army Field Band Chamber Music Series.
Staff Sergeant Kevin Paul
Staff Sergeant Kevin Paul, trumpet, is a native of Los Angeles, California and joined The U.S. Army Field Band and the Federal Brass Instrumentalists in 2013. He holds a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Mannes College of Music in New York City. Prior to joining the Army Field Band, SSG Paul served as acting principal trumpet of the China National Symphony Orchestra. SSG Paul has appeared in music festivals across the country from the Aspen Music Festival to the Bang on a Can Music Festival in New York. SSG Paul's primary teachers include Mark Gould, Tom Smith, Vince Penzarella, and Raymond Mase.

French Horn

Master Sergeant Robert Cherry
Master Sergeant Bob Cherry is originally from Bridgman, Michigan, and is a member of The U.S. Army Field Band Brass Quintet. He has served as principal horn of the Southwest Michigan Symphony, the Elkhart Symphony, and the South Bend Symphony, and was a Contributing Artist at the 2001 International Horn Society Symposium. He has also held contracted positions with numerous orchestras in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky. As a Bloomington Camerata Scholar, MSG Cherry earned a Performer's Certificate from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Music Performance degree at Western Michigan University, where he was both a Medallion and Presidential Scholar. His teachers include Dr. Johnny Pherigo, Dr. Paul Austin, and Mr. Michael Hatfield.
Master Sergeant Alan White**
Master Sergeant Alan White earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining The U.S. Army Field Band, he performed as associate principal horn of La Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico, and second horn with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra and Cape Town Philharmonic. He is the group leader of the Pentagon Winds, and also serves as a the french horn section leader with the Concert Band. In the past several years, he has performed with the Army Field Band Horn Quartet at the International Horn Society Symposium and with the Pentagon Winds at an International Double Reed Society Symposium. MSG White's principal horn teachers include Robert Pierce, Peter Landgren, and Michael Hatfield.
Staff Sergeant Selena Adams
Staff Sergeant Selena Adams hails from Nicholson, Georgia. Prior to joining The U.S. Army Field Band, she was a band director at Loveland High School in Loveland, Colorado and Spartanburg High School in Spartanburg, South Carolina. SSG Adams was a member of the 2008 Japan Touring Cast of Music Motion Theater's Odyssey, the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, the Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble, and the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. She has participated in the National Repertory Orchestra, Orford Summer Music Academy, and Hot Springs Summer Music Festivals, and has performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, ProMusica Colorado Chamber Orchestra, Spartanburg Symphony Orchestra, and numerous regional ensembles. SSG Adams earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree at Furman University, her Master of Music degree at Indiana University, and is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Colorado. Her teachers include Michael Thornton, Richard Seraphinoff, and Gayle Chesebro. SSG Adams is also a member of the Pentagon Winds.
Staff Sergeant Becky McLaughlin
Staff Sergeant Becky McLaughlin is a native of Columbia, Maryland. She is a graduate of Indiana University, where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Education in 2010 from the Jacobs School of Music. Prior to joining The U.S. Army Field Band, SSG McLaughlin performed with the Disneyland All-American College Band under the direction of Dr. Ron McCurdy, the National Collegiate Wind Ensemble under H. Robert Reynolds, and with the 8th Army Band in Yongsan, Korea. SSG McLaughlin is a member of the Chamber Brass. Her most notable teachers include Bruce Moore and Richard Seraphinoff.
Staff Sergeant J.G. Miller
Originally from Colorado, Staff Sergeant J.G. Miller holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California, a Master of Music degree from the University of Arizona, and a Bachelor of Music Performance and Music Education degree from the Eastman School of Music. His teachers include Peter Kurau, James Thatcher, Daniel Katzen, and Kendall Betts. SSG Miller has performed with such groups as The Who, Mariachi del Sol de Mexico, La Sinfonica Nacional De Las America, and Los Angeles area studio orchestras on several major motion picture scores. He was also a performer at the "12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief" at Madison Square Garden. SSG Miller has taught as a high school band director and as a clinician at the Kendall Betts Horn Camp and the Colburn Horn Camp. He has also trained as a machinist and welder while working for Lawson Horns, and writes and arranges as co-founder of Veritas Musica Publishing.

Trombone

Sergeant Major Mark Bowling***
Sergeant Major Mark A. Bowling holds a Master of Music degree from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. He has been a member of The U.S. Army Field Band since 1989 and has appeared as a soloist on numerous national concert tours. He was a founding member of the Embassy Brass, which performed at dozens of colleges and conservatories throughout the country, and served two week-long residencies at Boston University's Tanglewood Institute. SGM Bowling has twice appeared as a featured performer and clinician at the International Trombone Festival, and has been a guest artist at the Midwest Clinic and the International Women's Brass Conference.
Master Sergeant Aaron Kadrmas
Master Sergeant Aaron Kadrmas has been a member of The U.S. Army Field Band since 1995. He attended the Interlochen Center for the Arts and Western Michigan University, where he studied with Jeannie Little and Dr. Steve Wolfinbarger. MSG Kadrmas was the winner of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Young Artist Competition and the Interlochen Center for the Arts Concerto Competition. He has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Pops. As a member of the Army Field Band Brass Quintet, he has given clinics and recitals at high schools, colleges, and universities across America.
Sergeant First Class Todd Sturniolo
Sergeant First Class Todd Sturniolo earned his Master of Music degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Steve Witser. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania, where he studied with James Erdman. SFC Sturniolo is an active trombonist, performing in the trombone section and as soloist with the Concert Band. He has also appeared as a guest artist and soloist with America's Big Band-the Jazz Ambassadors. Prior to joining The U.S. Army Field Band in 2003, he was a member of the Canton Symphony Orchestra (Ohio) and performed with the Cleveland Orchestra Blossom Festival Band. SFC Sturniolo has served as an adjudicator for International Trombone Association trombone competitions.
Staff Sergeant Carmen Russo
Staff Sergeant Carmen Russo studied with Per Brevig at the Aspen School of Music and later studied with Don Kneeburg, ultimately earning his Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from the University of South Florida in 1997. From 1994-2004 he performed with a variety of professional organizations including: The Florida Orchestra, Florida West Coast Symphony, The Symphony of Southwest Florida, Sarasota Opera, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and for the Holland America and Carnival Cruise Lines. SSG Russo was also selected to play with the Grandlink World opening festival band in Qingdao, China, in addition to several traveling off-Broadway shows including The Lion King, Cinderella, 42nd Street, The Producers, Chicago, and Showboat.

Bass Trombone

Sergeant First Class Wesley Ballenger III
Sergeant First Class Wesley Ballenger is the bass trombonist with the Concert Band, The U.S. Army Field Band Trombone Ensemble, and Brass 5. SFC Ballenger has performed as soloist with the Concert Band on works by Chris Brubeck, Daniel Schnyder, and Eric Ewazen. SFC Ballenger earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University in 2005, where he studied with M. Dee Stewart and Peter Ellefson. He also spent four months abroad in Vienna, Austria studying with Ian Bousfield. SFC Ballenger served as bass trombonist with the Richmond (IN) Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus (IN) Philharmonic Orchestra, and the 2004 Disney Collegiate All-Star Band in Orlando, FL. When he is not traveling all over the country with the Army Field Band, SFC Ballenger enjoys traveling all over the country with his wife, Becky.

Euphonium

Sergeant First Class Christopher Sarangoulis
Sergeant First Class Christopher Sarangoulis is the euphonium section leader and frequent soloist with the Concert Band. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Texas, where he studied with Dr. Brian Bowman. SFC Sarangoulis has performed with the Peabody Wind Ensemble, Duquesne Wind Ensemble, University of North Texas Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band, Dallas Brass, The U.S. Army Orchestra, Virginia Grand Military Band, and the Boston Pops. SFC Sarangoulis recently premiered a new work for euphonium composed by Adrian Hernandez, and performed with The U.S. Army Orchestra at the 2010 Army Tuba Euphonium Conference. He resides in Catonsville, Maryland with his beautiful wife, Lindsey, and precious son, Will. He also continues, unsuccessfully, to try to beat SFC Brian Sacawa at the Army Physical Fitness Test two-mile run event.
Staff Sergeant Lauren Veronie
Staff Sergeant Lauren Veronie grew up in Willis, Texas and is a student of Dr. Brian L. Bowman. While attending the University of North Texas, she earned her Master of Music in Euphonium Performance in 2007, and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in 2005. SSG Veronie is in demand throughout the country as a soloist and educator. Prior to joining the Army Field Band, she recorded extensively with the North Texas Wind Symphony, performed with the Dallas Wind Symphony and the Houston Symphonic Band, and was an active performer, chamber musician, and teacher in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. She maintains a blog about her travels at www.laureneuph.com.

Tuba

Master Sergeant Scott Cameron
Master Sergeant Scott Cameron joined The U.S. Army Field Band in 1994, and has since performed in all 50 states, Canada, and Norway. He has been the group leader of the Army Field Band Brass Quintet since 1999. He earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Maryland, where he served as graduate assistant for the marching band, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University. MSG Cameron serves on the adjunct music faculty of American University and frequently gives recitals, masterclasses and clinics throughout the Maryland and Washington, DC area. His principal tuba instructors include Harvey G. Phillips, Gary Bird, and Michael M. Bunn.
Master Sergeant Daniel Sherlock**
Master Sergeant Daniel Sherlock was born in Phoenix, Arizona, where he began playing in concert bands at age nine. Before coming to The U.S. Army Field Band, he studied at Arizona State University. He currently serves as tuba section leader and training NCO, enjoys soloing with the band from time to time, and also performs as principal tubist with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. While on tour, MSG Sherlock coordinates the many student musicians who perform with the Concert Band in concert. He now lives in Maryland with his wife of over 20 years, two daughters, four cats, and a dog.
Sergeant First Class Matthew Nelson
Sergeant First Class Matthew Nelson is originally from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, and has been with The U.S. Army Field Band since 2001. Prior to joining the Army Field Band, he attended Indiana University, where he studied tuba with Daniel Perantoni. SFC Nelson's other primary teachers include Anthony Kniffen of the Indianapolis Symphony and Paul Haugan. He is a member and co-founder of The U.S. Army Field Band Chamber Brass, a brass quintet dedicated to bringing music of the highest standard to our nation's high schools and universities.

Double Bass

Staff Sergeant Joel Ciaccio
Staff Sergeant Joel Ciaccio earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Music degree from The Eastman School of Music. He studied with Ira Gold, Ali Yazdanfar, Curtis Burris of the National Symphony Orchestra, and James B. VanDemark of The Eastman School of Music.

Piano

Staff Sergeant Darren Lael
SSG Darren Lael is originally from Hickory, NC. He earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Music degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts. Prior to joining The U.S. Army Field Band, SSG Lael was the keyboardist and conductor for touring productions of Grease!, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Godspell, Oklahoma, and The Full Monty. He has also served as a faculty accompanist at Elon University and Grand Valley State University, and is a member of the American Guild of Organists.

Harp

Sergeant First Class Melissa Dunne
Sergeant First Class Melissa Dunne, hails from Mesa, Arizona. She holds a Master of Music degree and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Kathleen Bride. SFC Dunne has performed with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and the McLean Orchestra, and in venues from Helsinki and Moscow to Tokyo and Sapporo. She currently coaches with Dotian Levalier.

Timpani

Staff Sergeant Robert Marino
"Staff Sergeant Robert Marino was named the Principal Timpanist of The U.S. Army Field Band in 2006. He began his graduate studies at Boston University and completed his Master of Music degree at the University of Maryland in 2010. He is a 2005 graduate of the Eastman School of Music, with majors in Percussion Performance and Music Education. SSG Marino has been a featured soloist with the Concert Band at The American Bandmasters Association Convention and The Pennsylvania Music Educators Conference. He is also active in the marching arts, and has been an instructor for the nine-time DCI world champion Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps since 2007. He has also taught the Madison Scouts and Capital Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. SSG Marino is a Vic Firth Educator and Endorser. He lives in Baltimore with his wife, Elizabeth. "

Percussion

Sergeant Major William Elliott**
Master Sergeant Bill Elliott joined The U.S. Army Field Band in 1992. Before coming to the Army Field Band, he performed with the Louisville Orchestra and the Lexington Philharmonic. MSG Elliott earned a Master of Music degree from Northern Illinois University, where he studied with Rich Holly, Robert Chappell, and Cliff Alexis. He earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Kentucky, studying under James Campbell and David Davenport. He is currently on the music faculty of the Community College of Baltimore County, Essex Campus, and previously served as interim percussion professor at the University of Kentucky. He has performed as a guest artist on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Fox and Friends Morning Show, and Despirita America. MSG Elliott produced and edited the Army Field Band instructional DVD, The Complete Percussionist, and has recorded more than 20 albums with the Army Field Band. He holds a 2nd degree black belt from Shin's Tae Kwon Do, Chung Do Kwon Association, and plays on the praise team and sings in the choir at Perry Hall Baptist Church.
Sergeant Major Thomas Enokian***
Sergeant Major Thomas Enokian earned a Bachelor of Music degree from The Eastman School of Music and currently serves as the percussion group leader. He has been a featured soloist on many concert tours. SGM Enokian has also performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the Maryland Philharmonic.
Sergeant First Class Phillip Kiamie
Sergeant First Class Phillip Kiamie began his musical studies at the age of five with his father. He received a Graduate Diploma from the New England Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from Boston University. His principal teachers were Thomas Gauger and J. Will Hudgins of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. SFC Kiamie has been a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the South Bend Symphony of Indiana, and the Schleslwig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra in Germany. He has also performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. He is married to Adrienne Sommerville Kiamie, and they have two daughters, Grace and Alice.
Sergeant First Class Brian Spurgeon
Sergeant First Class Brian Spurgeon earned a Master of Music degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He has studied with Tim Adams, Peter Kogan, Cloyd Duff, and Ron Keezer. He attended the Aspen Music Festival and has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony. SFC Spurgeon has a strong background in drum corps, and continues to be involved in drum corps activities.
Staff Sergeant Andrew Emerich
Staff Sergeant Andrew Emerich holds a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin. His primary instructors include Dr. Thomas Burritt, Tony Edwards, Brannen Temple, She-e Wu, James Ross, and Willie Jones III. He is also an alumnus of the Brevard Music Center and the Aspen Music Festival. He has performed with the Maryland Symphony, Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale, the Round Rock Symphony, and the Northbrook Symphony. SSG Emerich was active in the marching percussion idiom for several years performing with the Revolution Drum and Bugle Corps, the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, Surround Sound Percussion, Element HPA, the University of Texas Longhorn Band, and the Chicago Bulls' "Stampede" drum line. He has also worked as a clinician, private instructor, and arranger for many scholastic ensembles as well as the Northwestern University Wildcat Marching Band. An active drum set performer, SSG Emerich also plays with various projects in a multitude of genres.

Audio Engineers

Sergeant First Class Michael McLaughlin
Sergeant First Class Michael "Mack" McLaughlin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and an Associate of Science in Political Science from Troy State University. He has served in the Army Ground Forces Band, the 1st Armored Division Band, the 79th Army Band Panama, the 283rd Army Band, and the 24th Infantry Division Band. Before joining The U.S. Army Field Band, he performed on euphonium, trombone, bass, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and guitar. SFC McLaughlin is a Pro Tools Certified Operator, an FCC Extra Class Amateur Radio Operator, and a Commercial Pilot. He is also an FAA Certified Advanced /Instrument Ground Instructor.
Staff Sergeant Donald Dillenbeck
A native of Johnson City, New York, Staff Sergeant Donald Dillenbeck joined The U.S. Army Field Band in 2007. He has served as a member of the 434th U.S. Army Signal Corps Band at Fort Gordon and the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in Belgium. He previously taught Sound Reinforcement at the Navy School of Music. SSG Dillenbeck holds a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Music degree in Trombone Performance from the Crane School of Music.

§ = Element Leader
*** = group leader
** = section leader
* = principal player