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Master Sergeant Sammy Marshall
Master Sergeant Sammy Marshall is originally from Churchville, Virginia and currently serves as The U.S. Army Field Band's Auditions and Support Group Leader. Prior to joining the support staff, MSG 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. .
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.


Master Sergeant Jay Norris
Master Sergeant Jay Norris performed with the Concert Band on tuba for 11 years before joining the arranging section. He holds a Master of Music degree from McNeese State University, where he taught applied low brass and music theory, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Arkansas State University, where he studied with Army Field Band alumnus William D. Holmes. MSG Norris is active in a wide variety of performing ensembles, and currently teaches low brass at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland.
Sergeant First Class Adrian Hernandez
Sergeant First Class Adrian Hernandez has served as staff arranger for The U.S. Army Field Band, arranging music for each of its four components since 2007. He received a Masters of Music degree from Towson University (2012), and a Bachelors 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 TV show "24"), Mark Snow (from TV Show "X-Files"), and Ira Newborn (from "The Naked Gun" series). SFC Hernandez' teachers include Pulitzer Prize winning composer Kevin Puts, Dan Welcher, Donald Grantham, William Kleinsasser, and Jonathan Leshnoff. He currently resides in Baltimore, MD with his wife, Heather, and sons, Michael and Austin.
Sergeant First Class Paul White
SFC White earned a Bachelor of Music from Appalachian State University and both a Master of Music and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from The University of Texas at Austin. He has studied both saxophone and composition with Rick Margitza, Bill Gora, Rick Lawn, Dan Welcher and Donald Granthom. His recent solo album has been reviewed by "Jazz Times" and "Jazz Magazine". Prior to joining the Field Band SFC White taught at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.


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 USC, and has worked in the music libraries at both UWM and USC. 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. .


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.

Audio Engineers

Master Sergeant John Lamirande
MSG John Lamirande served in the 10th Mountain Division Band, 18th Army Band, 77th Army Band, and 1st Armored Division Band. MSG Lamirande attended the Armed Forces School of Music and Cameron University.
Sergeant First Class Michael McLaughlin
SFC McLaughlin earned a B.S. in Aviation Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a A.S. at Troy State University. He is also a Digidesign Certified Pro Tools Operator. SFC McLaughlin served in the 24th Infantry Division Band, the 283rd Army Band, the 79th Army Band, the 1st Armored Division Band, and the Ground Forces Band.
Sergeant First Class Howard Smith
SFC Smith has served with the 101st Airborne Division and the 5th Signal Command. He performed as guitarist and audio technician with the USAEUR band prior to serving with the Field Band.
Sergeant First Class Donald Dillenbeck
SFC Dillenbeck has served as a member of the 434th US Army Signal Corps Band at Fort Gordon and of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in Belgium. He previously taught sound reinforcement at the Navy School of Music. SSG Dillenbeck holds a bachelor’s degree in trombone performance from the Crane School of Music and a master’s degree from Northwestern University. A native of Johnson City, New York, he joined the Field Band in 2007.

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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