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Administration

Sergeant Major Sammy Marshall
Sergeant Major Sammy Marshall is originally from Churchville, Virginia and currently serves as The U.S. Army Field Band's Support Group Leader. Prior to joining the support staff, SGM Marshall was pianist for the Soldiers' Chorus and Concert Band, a position he held for 12 years. He earned a Master of Music degree in Vocal Accompanying at the Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor of Music Education degree at James Madison University. He has served as Staff Accompanist at the Music Academy of the West, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the Manhattan School of Music. .
Master Sergeant James Wood, Jr.
Master Sergeant James Wood is a native of Chapel Hill, North Carolina and East Lansing, Michigan. He holds 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 of Music. His primary instructors include Armando Ghitalla, Charles Schlueter, Vincent Cichowicz and Keith Johnson. MSG Wood has been Group Leader of the Federal Brass and Assistant Trumpet Section Leader for the Concert Band. He is currently the Auditions and Support Group NCO. MSG Wood joined The U.S. Army Field Band in 2001. He and his wife, Holly, an alumnus of the Army Field Band, have three children.

Arrangers

Master Sergeant Adrian Hernandez
Master Sergeant Adrian Hernandez has served as Staff Arranger for the U.S. Army Field Band since 2007, and has arranged music for each of the Army Field Band's four performing components. He received a Master of Music degree from Towson University (2012), and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin (2004). His work as a film composer has been exhibited with films screened in numerous festivals around the country. Adrian recently participated in the 2011 ASCAP/NYC Film Scoring workshop receiving mentoring from Sean Callery (from the TV show "24"), Mark Snow (from the TV Show "X-Files"), and Ira Newborn (from "The Naked Gun" series). MSG Hernandez' teachers include Pulitzer Prize winning composer Kevin Puts, Dan Welcher, Donald Grantham, William Kleinsasser, and Jonathan Leshnoff. He currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife, Heather, and sons, Michael and Austin.
Sergeant First Class Paul White
Sergeant First Class Paul White earned Doctorate of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Music degree from Appalachian State University. He studied saxophone and composition with Rick Margitza, Bill Gora, Rick Lawn, Dan Welcher, and Donald Grantham. SFC White's most recent solo album has been reviewed by "Jazz Times" and "Jazz Magazine." Prior to joining The U.S. Army Field Band, SFC White taught at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.

Librarian

Sergeant First Class Matthew Gunderson
Sergeant First Class Matthew Gunderson calls both Spartanburg, South Carolina, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, home. He holds a Master of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education with a Performance Certificate from the University of South Carolina. He also pursued graduate studies in music history at University of South Carolina, and has worked in the music libraries at both University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and University of South Carolina. Prior to joining The U.S. Army Field Band, SFC Gunderson was stationed at Ft. Monroe, Virginia, serving as a clarinetist and administrative specialist with the TRADOC Band. He currently resides in Linthicum Heights, MD with his wife, two daughters, and their cat, Rachy. .

Supply

Master Sergeant Bernhard Yutesler
Master Sergeant Bernhard Yutesler earned a Masters degree in Acquisition and Supply Chain Management from the University of Maryland University College, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Colorado State University. He is also a Certified Professional in Supply Chain Management (CPSM) from the Institute for Supply Chain Management (ISM). Prior to joining The U.S. Army Field Band, MSG Yutesler served with the 76th Army Band, the 101st Airborne Division Band, and the Army School of Music. He has deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Instrument Repair

Sergeant First Class Michael Bravin
Sergeant First Class Michael Bravin performed for four years with Electric Brigade of The United States Naval Academy Band before joining The U.S. Army Field Band in 2005. A native of Tulare, California, he studied at the University of North Texas and placed 2nd at the 1999 Eastern Trombone Workshop Jazz Competition. SFC Bravin has performed with the Guy Lombardo Orchestra, Maynard Ferguson, Dizzy Gillespie, and Debbie Reynolds.

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