Concert Band Personnel

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Staff Sgt. Philip Broome

Principal Euphonium

Staff Sergeant Philip Broome is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, and joined the West Point Band in September of 2012. He earned his Bachelor and Master of Music in music performance from Columbus State University, where he studied with Andrew Miller, principal tuba with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. While attending CSU, Staff Sgt. Broome competed in many prestigious international euphonium competitions, including the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium Tuba competition and the ITEC artist euphonium competition.

Staff Sgt. Broome is also an active musician and educator in the Salvation Army, owing much of his early musical training to the Salvation Army music programs in the southeast. Before joining the West Point Band, he was principal euphonium with the Southern Territorial Band of the Salvation Army, a position he had held since 2009.

Staff Sgt. Broome is also an active audio engineer. While at CSU, Staff Sgt. Broome coordinated the newly renovated recording studio with visiting professor of audio technology Dr. Matthew McCabe. The collaboration produced many notable recordings that can be heard on the Naxos and Summit recording labels as well as NPR. He also freelanced with notable regional artists, earning several engineering and producing credits while in Columbus.

Staff Sgt. Christopher Leslie

Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Staff Sergeant Christopher Leslie joined the West Point Band in September of 2016. He earned a Bachelor of Music Education from St. Olaf College, a Master of Music in euphonium performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Georgia. His previous teachers include David Zerkel, Daniel Perantoni, David Werden, and Hiram Diaz.

Staff Sgt. Leslie has been a featured soloist with the St. Olaf Band, the St. Olaf Orchestra, the Indiana University Wind Ensemble, the University of Georgia Wind Ensemble, the University of Georgia Brass Band, and the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own.” He has garnered success in competitions across the United States, taking first place in the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium Competition, the International Tuba Euphonium Conference solo and mock band competitions, the U.S. Army Band Tuba Euphonium Workshop mock audition competition, and the U.S. Army Band National Collegiate Solo Competition, in addition to being named runner-up in the MTNA Brass Solo Competition. Outside of music, Staff Sgt. Leslie enjoys watching baseball, college basketball, and college football, and dreams of one day seeing a Cincinnati sports team win a postseason series.