Concert Band Bassoon
THE UNITED STATES ARMY FIELD BAND FROM WASHINGTON, DC
Sergeant First Class Thaddeus Macaulay Crutcher, Jr
Sergeant First Class 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. He has also received an MA from The Catholic University of America’s Metropolitan School of Professional Studies. From 2005 to 2007, SFC 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 being an outstanding soloist. He has given masterclasses and clinics of all levels across the United States and has performed with the Ludwig Symphony, New Atlanta Philharmonic, Gateway Symphony Orchestra, Manassas Ballet, the Gilded Flute and Harp Duo, Army Field Band Woodwind Quintet, and the Army Ground Forces Band Woodwind Quintet. SFC Crutcher’s teachers include John Hunt, David Vanhoesen, Dale Clark, David Conn, Carl Hall, Donna Shin, and Jim Zellers.
Staff Sergeant Sergio Acosta
Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Staff Sergeant Sergio Acosta joined The U.S. Army Field Band’s bassoon section in 2015. SSG Acosta previously performed with the Beloit-Janesville Symphony Orchestra, the Odyssey Winds woodwind quintet, Four Seasons Theatre of Madison, The Madison Savoyards, and The Children’s Theater of Madison. SSG Acosta attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in flute, studying with Stephanie Jutt, and a Master of Music degree in bassoon, studying with Marc Vallon.
Staff Sergeant Randy Fultz
Originally from Würzburg, Germany, Staff Sergeant Randy Fultz earned Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in bassoon performance from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with George Sakakeeny and Jeff Robinson. Before joining the Army Field Band in 2019, Fultz performed extensively throughout western New York and appeared regularly with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Previous engagements include fellowships with the Round Top, Texas, and Chautauqua music festivals, as well as international tours with the Eastman Wind Ensemble. When not practicing or making reeds, SSG Fultz enjoys studying his fourth language and reading classic literature.