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Army Musician Featured on NPR's From the Top

Oct 4, 2012

By SSG Chris Branagan, The U.S. Army Band Public Affairs

Washington, DC | October 1, 2012--FROM THE TOP, one of the most popular weekly programs on public radio, will feature a member of The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" on its national broadcast to air the week of October 1. Staff Sergeant Elizabeth McGinness, a flutist with The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own," will perform with a woodwind quintet from The U.S. Army Concert Band on this episode featuring young musicians who have grown up in military families, presented in conjunction with the Military Child Education Coalition. This show can be heard in Washington, DC, on Sunday, October 7, at 6:00 p.m. EST on Classical WETA 90.9 FM.

While growing up in Hartville, Ohio, McGinness was featured twice on FROM THE TOP, a showcase of America's best young musicians for over a decade. "When I heard on the radio that they were working on a military-related show, I called the producer I had worked with when I was in high school to tell him that I am now a military musician and to offer my assistance. He thought that it was a perfect fit to feature a former "FROM THE TOPPER" who is now a military musician."

As a musician the Army's premier musical organization, McGinness was in a position to provide unique perspective on life as a professional musician and active-duty Soldier. In addition to performing on the live taping of the show, McGinness took part in an Arts Leadership Workshop hosted by the program's producers, where she discussed her career as a member of "Pershing's Own."

When her commanding officer, Leader and Commander of The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own," Colonel Thomas H. Palmatier, learned of the opportunity, he was thrilled. "FROM THE TOP is one of my favorite radio shows. Staff Sergeant McGinness is a great representative of the young Americans who are in our Army. She, like her fellow Soldiers, is highly professional and skilled in her job and is dedicated to service to the Nation."

General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was in Texas to attend the Military Child Education Coalition's Annual Meeting, and took part in taping the episode. General Dempsey gave generous words of support for military music programs.