OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY FIELD BAND
Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus Tour Coordinators
Sergeant First Class Joshua Fox
Sergeant First Class Joshua Fox, originally from Hesperia, California, started saxophone in the 6th grade and played through high school in both the concert and jazz bands. After high school, he attended Fullerton Community College to study jazz under James Linahon and saxophone with Leo Potts. He later transferred to the University of North Texas, where he earned his Bachelor of Music degree while studying under Jim Riggs. After graduation from University of North Texas, SFC Fox became the Associate Director of Bands for the Carroll Independent School District of Southlake, Texas, where he taught concert band, jazz band, and orchestra for grades 6-12. During his time at CISD, SFC Fox helped the jazz program grow from one high school band to eight junior high and high school bands. This culminated in the program’s first qualification to the Essentially Ellington Jazz Competition, where they placed within the top 15 high school bands in the nation.
Sergeant First Class Marc Purinton
Sergeant First Class Marc Purinton was born in Windham, Maine, and joined the Army as a trumpet player in August 2002. He has served with the Infantry Center Band at Fort Benning, Georgia, the Eighth United States Army Band in Seoul, South Korea, and the 1st Cavalry Division Band at Fort Hood, Texas. He has more than six years of overseas experience, including a combat deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. SFC Purinton is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Technology from Rio Salado University. He joined The Army Field Band in 2013.
Jazz Ambassadors Tour Coordinators
Staff Sergeant Courtney Martin
Staff Sergeant Courtney Martin, originally from Stafford, VA, joined the Army in 2012 as a musician. She served in the 392D Band at Fort Lee, VA from 2012-2014. Prior to joining the Field Band, SSG Martin also served at the United States Military Academy at West Point from 2014-2020. While stationed at West Point, she was a member of the band’s field music group, “The Hellcats” as a piccolo player. She served as the Field Music Operations NCOIC and was a member of the West Point Lean Six Sigma program, resulting in her Green Belt certification. She holds a Master of Science degree in Sports Psychology from California University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance from the University of Texas at Austin.
Staff Sergeant James Old
Originally from Elizabeth City, North Carolina, Staff Sergeant James Old enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2012 as a trumpeter and bugler. Prior to joining The U.S. Army Field Band, he was assigned to the 98th Army Band at Ft. Rucker, Alabama, the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) Band at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, and the 82nd Airborne Division Band & Chorus at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. While at Redstone Arsenal, SSG Old traveled regularly with the AMC Band, providing musical support for subordinate commands in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois, Texas, and Colorado. While serving at Redstone Arsenal, SSG Old began building his experience as an orchestral musician, performing as principal and section substitute with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, and the Shoals Symphony Orchestra. In 2014, SSG Old was named NCO of the Year for the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence at Ft. Rucker and represented USAACE at the 2014 Training and Doctrine Command Best Warrior Competition. SSG Old holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from East Carolina University, where he was a student of Dr. Britton Theurer.
Six-String Soldiers Tour Coordinator
Sergeant First Class Todd Stubbs
Sergeant First Class Todd Stubbs served with the 62nd Army Band at Ft. Huachuca and the USAREUR Band and Chorus in Heidelberg, Germany. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix, a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from SUNY Potsdam, and also studied at McGill University in Montreal and Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. SFC Stubbs joined The U.S. Army Field Band as a Tour Coordinator in 2013.
Staff Sergeant Clay Parler
Staff Sergeant Clay Parler was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, and joined the Army as a trumpet player in 2014. Before joining The U.S. Army Field Band as a Tour Coordinator in 2020, SSG Parler served in the 98th Army Band at Fort Rucker, Alabama, the TRADOC Band at Fort Eustis, Virginia, and the 282nd Army Band at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. In 2016, SSG Parler was recognized as the Soldier of the Year at the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence in Fort Rucker. Prior to enlisting, SSG Parler earned a B.M. in Music Education from East Carolina University and a M.M. in Trumpet Performance from the University of Louisville.