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Trumpet Ensemble

Mar 12, 2012

The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" has been the premier musical organization of the U.S. Army since 1922. Army Chief of Staff General John J. "Black Jack" Pershing founded the band, emulating European military bands he had heard during the First World War. "Pershing's Own" continues to play an important role in the events of national and international significance, and leads every inaugu...ral parade, a tradition begun in 1925 with the inauguration of President Calvin Coolidge.

The United States Army Band Trumpet Ensemble consists of members of the ceremonial component of "Pershing's Own". The U.S. Army Ceremonial Band has grown to meet a wide range of commitments. While the Ceremonial Band's primary mission is to support over 2,000 military funerals each year in Arlington National Cemetery, the band performs other missions of national and international importance. These missions include wreath laying ceremonies by heads of state and other foreign dignitaries at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, monthly retirement parades, special reviews, and arrival and departure honors for foreign dignitaries at the White House and Pentagon.

Since its creation in 2009, The U.S. Army Band Trumpet Ensemble has quickly garnered an international following, performing in numerous concerts and recitals in the Washington, D.C. area. The International Trumpet Guild Conference in Sydney, Australia (2010), Virginia Commonwealth University (2010), the South Carolina Chapter of the ITG (SCITG-2010 and 2011) and the Sauerland-Herbst Festival in Germany (2011).

The ensemble has also enjoyed the opportunity to premier multiple original compositions that have been composed/commissioned for them by composers Phil Snedecor, James M. Stephenson, and SFC Jeff Cortazzo (bass trombonist with The U.S. Army Blues). The ensemble is currently working towards recording an album of these works.

"The U.S. Army Band Trumpet Ensemble...holy cow! The tightest ensemble playing, and each one an amazing musician. All of them together just pushed us to the back wall. Plus, a really friendly bunch of guys." -Barbara Chickosky

"The group demonstrated the highest quality of ensemble playing, with flawless intonation, unified tone quality, and a precise musical style." -Kevin Eisensmith