SGM Craig Lauinger is the Audio Section Leader and Managing Recording Engineer for The United States Army Band "Pershing's Own" based at Ft. Myer, VA. Originally from Newberg, Oregon, he was a nationally-ranked competitive swimmer from 1974 through 1986, setting numerous Oregon State records throughout the 1970's and 80's. He also studied music, electronics and physics at Newberg High School, graduating in 1986. While majoring in audio engineering and music, Lauinger competed as an NCAA Division 1-level swimmer at both Indiana University and The American University, where he received a Bachelor's of Science in Audio Engineering. Immediately after graduation in 1990, he signed on to "Pershing's Own" where he built his career working with numerous recording artists, to include: Kenny Loggins, Craig Morgan, Mark Wills, Reba McIntyre, Darryl Worley, Chris Isaak, Lou Rawls, Wynona Judd, Arturo Sandoval, Louie Bellson, and New York Voices. Lauinger has worked in top venues such as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center, The Grand Ole Opry, Radio City Music Hall, and Myerson Hall.
Throughout his Army career, Lauinger has competed as a triathlete and cyclist, racing in local, regional, national, and international events. Winning more than 50 of these competitions since 1990, he achieved the #1 national ranking for USACycling's CAT 5 time-trialists in 2011. Lauinger currently resides in Northern Virginia with his wife and two sons.