Soldiers’ Chorus Tenor
THE UNITED STATES ARMY FIELD BAND FROM WASHINGTON, DC
Sergeant Major Robert McIver, Jr.
Sergeant Major Robert McIver, Jr. is a native of Owensboro, Kentucky where he had his earliest musical experiences. Born into a musical family, SGM McIver didn’t know what else people did if they didn’t study music. In the fall of 1994 he enrolled in the School of Music at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He graduated with his Bachelor of Music degree in 1998. When not performing, SGM McIver can be found engaging in his other passions which include backpacking the Appalachian Trail, rock climbing, and fine art photography.
Master Sergeant Mario Garcia
Master Sergeant Mario Garcia earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kentucky and both his Master and Bachelor of Music degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has studied with Robert Harrison and the late Barbara Doscher. MSG Garcia has also received instruction from Martin Isepp of the Glyndebourne Opera, John Reed O.B.E. of the Doly Carte Opera, Dalton Baldwin, and Sherril Milnes. MSG Garcia has performed various opera and musical theater roles, including Camille in “The Merry Widow” with the Ohio Light Opera, Tamino in “The Magic Flute,” Ferrando in “Cosi Fan Tutte,” and Bobby in “Company.” He has also appeared as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra and Nashville Symphony.
Sergeant First Class Daniel Erbe
Sergeant First Class Daniel Erbe is a native of Lexington, Kentucky. Prior to joining The U.S. Army Field Band, he performed with Boston Opera Collaborative, Tulsa Opera, Lake George Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and the Utah Opera Festival. Favorite roles include Tamino in “Die Zauberflöte,” Frederic in “Pirates of Penzance,” Sam Kaplan in “Street Scene,” and Don Jose in “Carmen.” He earned a Master of Music degree from The University of Arizona, a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Kentucky, and pursued an Artist Diploma at the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance.
Sergeant First Class Benjamin Hilgert
Before joining the Soldiers’ Chorus in 2010, Sergeant First class Ben Hilgert most recently performed principal operatic roles with Theater Goerlitz (Germany), Lyric Opera Kansas City, Central City Opera, Cedar Rapids Opera, and the Aspen Music Festival. SFC Hilgert earned his Master of Music degree from Chicago College of Performing Arts and his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Indianapolis.
Staff Sergeant Timothy Coombs
Staff Sergeant Timothy Coombs, originally from New Jersey, joined the Soldiers’ Chorus in 2014. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Westminster Choir College. While at Westminster, he studied voice with Marvin Keenze and sang in the world-renowned Symphonic Choir and Westminster Choir. SSG Coombs has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and The Lucerne Festival Orchestra. He has appeared in opera productions with Spoleto Festival USA, Bard Summerscape, and Opera Philadelphia. Additionally, he has sung with Kinnara Ensemble, Fuma Sacra, Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Cathedra, and The Crossing. When not singing in the Soldiers’ Chorus, Timothy is also a Tenor at the Washington National Cathedral.