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Tour Director

Sergeant Major Darrin Blume §
Sergeant Major Darrin Blume served in the 1st Army Band and the 2nd Infantry Division Band. He earned a Master of Science degree from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Salisbury University.

Educational Activities Coordinator

Master Sergeant Jason Stephens
MSG Jason Stephens earned a M.A. at Florida State University and a B.M.E. at the University of South Florida. He served in the 392nd Army Band. MSG Stephens worked as a middle school band director, tuba player for Walt Disney World, and adjunct professor of Tuba at Troy State University.

Concert Band and Soldiers' Chorus Tour Coordinators

Master Sergeant David L. Bullman Jr.
MSG David Bullman served in the 8th Infantry Division Band, 1st Armored Division Band, 323rd Army Band, and 76th Army Band. He was deployed in support of Operation Joint Endeavor. MSG Bullman is pursuing a degree at the University of Maryland.
Staff Sergeant Jonathan Milburn
Staff Sergeant Jonathan Milburn has served in the Signal Corps Band, 2nd Infantry Division Band, and the 1st Cavalry Division Band. SSG Milburn attended the Armed Forces School of Music and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources at the University of Maryland University College.

Jazz Ambassadors Tour Coordinators

Sergeant First Class Adam Getz
SFC Adam Getz served in the 389th Army Band at Aberdeen Proving Ground and the 8th Army Band in Seoul, Korea. He earned a BFA in Music from Lock Haven University and a MBA from Liberty University.
Staff Sergeant Todd Stubbs
Staff Sergeant Todd Stubbs served with the 62nd Army Band at Ft. Huachuca and the USAREUR Band and Chorus in Heidelberg, Germany. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix, a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from SUNY Potsdam, and also studied at McGill University in Montreal and Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. SSG Stubbs joined the Field Band as a Tour Coordinator in 2013.

Volunteers Tour Coordinators

Master Sergeant Michelle Laska
Master Sergeant Michelle Laska was born in Meriden, Connecticut and grew up in Virginia Beach. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland, University College and an Associate of Arts degree in Music Education from Essex Community College. MSG Laska also attended Towson University and the Armed Forces School of Music. Enlisting in the Army in 1987 as a clarinetist, MSG Laska served with the 10th Mountain Division Band and the 229th Army Band, before joining The U.S Army Field Band in 2000 as an Advance Tour Coordinator. In her free time, she enjoys reading, and attends NASCAR races and Orioles games.
Staff Sergeant Marc A. Purinton
Staff Sergeant Marc Purinton was born in Windham, Maine, and joined the Army as a trumpet player in August 2002. He has served with the Infantry Center Band at Fort Benning, Georgia, the Eighth United States Army Band in Seoul, South Korea, and the 1st Cavalry Division Band at Fort Hood, Texas. He has more than six years of overseas experience, including a combat deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Technology from Rio Salado University.

Design and Production

Master Sergeant Scott C. Vincent (Webmaster)
Prior to joining The U.S. Army Field Band in 1997, Master Sergeant Scott Vincent attended the New England Conservatory of Music and earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Louisiana State University. He has performed as principal timpanist with the Newton Symphony and as percussionist with the Baton Rouge Symphony, the Maryland Symphony, the Annapolis Symphony, and the Boston Philharmonic. After serving for more than ten years as timpanist with the Concert Band, MSG Vincent accepted the position as Production Manager with the Army Field Band, where his responsibilities include designing and maintaining all print and online media as well as overseeing a staff of over 40 volunteers on the production staff.

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