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Flute

Sgt. 1st Class Torin Olsen

Principal Flute

Sergeant First Class Torin Olsen joined the West Point Band in April of 2010.  In 2001, he received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern California where he studied with Jim Walker, a former member of the West Point Band. He earned his Master of Music from Duquesne University under the tutelage of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra flutist Damian Bursill-Hall in 2006. Prior to this, he studied under Robert Langevin and Geralyn Coticone. Sgt. 1st Class Olsen has performed with many musical groups including the Warren Philharmonic, Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, Erie Philharmonic, W.D. Packard Concert Band, the McKeesport Symphony Orchestra, Vent Nouveau, and the Albany Symphony. He gave the world premiere of Todd Goodman’s “Echos,” a concerto for piccolo and orchestra, with the McKeesport Symphony in 2007. An avid chamber musician, Sgt. 1st Class Olsen was a founding member of Pittsburgh-based woodwind quintet Zephyrs, and formed the chamber group The Olsen Duo along with his flutist wife Brianne. He also performs for ceremonies, recitals, and official functions with the West Point Band’s Academy Wind Quintet.

Staff Sgt. Megan Cardone

Staff Sergeant Megan Cardone joined the West Point Band in March of 2011. Prior to her arrival, she lived in New York City as a Kenan Fellow at the Lincoln Center Institute. While in New York, she won second prize in the Alexander and Buono International Flute Competition. Staff Sgt. Cardone earned her Bachelor of Music, magna cum laude, in 2008 from The University of Central Florida, where she won the Presser Scholar Award. She graduated in 2010 with a Master of Music from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she won the 2009 concerto competition, performing André Jolivet’s flute concerto. She was also awarded for her excellence as a studio teaching assistant in Tadeu Coelho's flute studio. Staff Sgt. Cardone was the 2008 winner of the Florida Flute Association Young Artist Competition and has performed with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Brevard Symphony Orchestra, and Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra. As a member of the West Point Band, Staff Sgt. Cardone has been the flutist of the West Point Woodwind Quintet since 2011. She also enjoys teaching private flute lessons and spending time with her husband David and her two sons Lucas and Henry.

Staff Sgt. Katrina Owens

Piccolo

Staff Sergeant Katrina Owens joined the West Point Band as a piccolo player in May 2014. Originally from McLean, Virginia, she holds performance degrees from the University of North Texas and George Mason University, and has studied with Dr. Mary Karen Clardy, Dr. Elizabeth McNutt, and Judith Lapple. While at the University of North Texas, Staff Sgt. Owens performed with the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Opera Orchestra, Flute Choir, and NOVA new music ensemble. In addition to performing as a soloist with local high schools, universities, and community bands, Staff Sgt. Owens has been featured on the West Point Band’s Holiday Show and Labor Day concerts.

Before joining the West Point Band, Staff Sgt. Owens performed in the Dallas area with the Madera Wind Quintet and the Lone Star Wind Orchestra. She has also performed with the Ohio Light Opera and the Franco-American Vocal Academy Orchestra in Perigueux, France. Part of numerous recording projects, Staff Sgt. Owens can be heard on Naxos, Crescent Phase, Troy, GIA Publications, and Mark Custom labels.

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