Concert Band French Horn
THE UNITED STATES ARMY FIELD BAND FROM WASHINGTON, DC
Sergeant Major Robert Cherry
Sergeant Major Robert 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, SGM Cherry earned a Performer’s Certificate from Indiana University. He also earned a Bachelor of Music degree at Western Michigan University, where he was both a Medallion and Presidential Scholar. His teachers include Johnny Pherigo, Paul Austin, and Michael Hatfield.
Sergeant First Class J.G. Miller
A Colorado native, Sergeant First Class J.G. Miller holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California along with degrees from University of Arizona and The Eastman School of Music, where he received the Performer’s Certificate. Prior to service, SFC Miller performed with The Who, Mariachi Sol de México, and Los Angeles studio orchestras on motion picture soundtracks. He is the founder of HornVets, an international advocacy group committed to the recognition of horn playing service members; he was also elected to serve as the first ever Military Liaison to the International Horn Society. A figure at the Kendall Betts Horn Camp, he has taught at high school and collegiate levels. He trained as a machinist and welder apprenticing for Lawson Horns. Currently serving as Vice President of Veritas Musica Publishing, he keeps his life grounded thanks to his wife and two children. His teachers include Peter Kurau, James Thatcher, Daniel Katzen, and Kendall Betts.
Staff Sergeant Kaci Cummings
Staff Sergeant Kaci Cummings is a Texas native who recently graduated from The Juilliard School with a Bachelor of Music degree. She has performed with the Juilliard Orchestra in many venues including Alice Tully Hall, the Modern Museum of Art, and Carnegie Hall. In addition to the modern horn, SSG Cummings also performed many concerts and international tours on natural horn with Juilliard 415. A Kendall Betts Horn Camp Alumni, SSG Cummings was both a student and staff member at the prestigious camp. She is also a graduate and alumni of the Interlochen Arts Academy. SSG Cummings has studied with Eric Reed, Michelle Baker, Julie Landsman, Gustavo Camacho and David Cross.
Staff Sergeant Jennifer Kempe
Staff Sergeant Jennifer Kempe is originally from Champaign, Illinois. She received her Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of Illinois, and her Master of Music degree from Western Michigan University. Prior to joining the U.S. Army Field Band, SSG Kempe performed as Principal Horn of the Battle Creek Symphony and 2nd Horn of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed with numerous ensembles throughout the Midwest, including the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, Tallgrass Brass Band, Lansing Symphony Orchestra, Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, and The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre Pit Orchestra. SSG Kempe has attended music festivals such as the Round Top Festival Institute, Rafael Méndez Brass Institute, and Le Domaine Forget International Academy of Music and Dance. SSG Kempe has taught students of all ages, maintaining a private horn studio and teaching brass lessons in local schools in the Quad City area. Her primary teachers include Bernhard Scully and Lin Foulk.
Staff Sergeant Selena Maytum
Prior to joining The U.S. Army Field Band, Staff Sergeant Selena Maytum was a band director at Loveland High School in Loveland, Colorado and Spartanburg High School in Spartanburg, South Carolina. SSG Maytum 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 performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, ProMusica Colorado Chamber Orchestra, Spartanburg Symphony Orchestra, and numerous regional ensembles. SSG Maytum received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado Boulder, Master of Music degree from Indiana University, and Bachelor of Music Education degree from Furman University. She has taught on the brass staff of The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps since 2012 and is a member of the Pentagon Winds woodwind quintet.
Staff Sergeant Lori Roy
Originally from Schoharie, New York, Staff Sergeant Lori Roy holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan and Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Education and Performance from Ithaca College. She is also currently working towards her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Prior to joining The U.S. Army Field Band in 2017, SSG Roy served as Lecturer of Horn at the University of Nevada, Reno, and was the tenured Second Horn with the Boise Philharmonic. She has been a featured soloist with many groups, including the Boise Philharmonic, the TOCCATA Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and the University of Nevada, Reno Wind Ensemble. An advocate of music education, SSG Roy taught horn at the Lake Tahoe Music Camp and worked extensively with youth orchestras, All-State groups, and local schools in the Reno-Tahoe area. Her primary teachers include Randy Gardner, Adam Unsworth, Alex Shuhan, and Patrice Malatestinic.