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Horn

Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Smith

Sergeant First Class Matthew B. Smith, originally from Elizabethtown, Kentucky, joined the West Point Band in September of 2010. Sgt. 1st Class Smith received his Bachelor of Music in horn performance from Arizona State University in 2001 and then pursued graduate studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the University of Louisville. Sgt. 1st Class Smith's principal teachers include Thomas Bacon, William Lane, Randy Gardner, Duane Dugger, and Bruce Heim. Prior to joining the West Point Band, Sgt. 1st Class spent three years with the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Band at Fort Monroe, Virginia. While with the TRADOC Band, he performed in the brass quintet and concert band and served as Chief Audio Engineer. Sgt. 1st Class Smith has also performed with the Phoenix Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony and Pops, Richmond (Virginia) Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Evansville Philharmonic, and Louisville Orchestra.

Sgt. 1st Class Nicholas Caluori

Sergeant First Class Nicholas Caluori has been third horn with the West Point Band since 2006. He began musical studies with his father before winning a youth fellowship with the National Symphony Orchestra. He earned a Bachelor of Music in horn performance from Florida State University as a student of William Capps, and a Master of Music in horn performance from Southern Methodist University as a student of Gregory Hustis. His principal teachers have also included Sylvia Alimena, Kevin Reid, and Edwin C. Thayer. He also earned a Master Teacher Program Certificate from West Point in 2014.

Sgt. 1st Class Caluori has spent summers with the National Repertory Orchestra and National Orchestral Institute. He has also performed with the Dallas Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, and Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, and won second prize in the University Division of the 2005 International Horn Competition of America. Sgt. 1st Class Caluori is also active as principal horn of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic.

Sgt. 1st Class Caluori is married to principal horn of the West Point Band and SMU alumna, Staff Sgt. Nicole Caluori. They maintain active lifestyles in music and fitness and are involved in many activities throughout the Hudson Valley with their three children. Sgt. 1st Class Caluori is also in his second year of serious study in the Chinese art of Wing Tsun martial arts.

Some highlights of his time in the band include performances with the New York Philharmonic, the opening of Sarasota Patriot Plaza, the opening of Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park in New York City, and Ellis Island Medals of Honor ceremonies (where his family immigrated to the United States).

Staff Sgt. Nicole Caluori

Principal Horn

Staff Sergeant Nicole Caluori joined the West Point Band in 2009 after studying horn performance at Florida State University and Southern Methodist University with William Capps and Gregory Hustis. Prior to joining the band, Staff Sgt. Caluori spent summers at Tanglewood Music Center, National Repertory Orchestra, and Sarasota Music Festival. She has also performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Since joining the West Point Band, her memorable experiences include performing with the New York Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic Brass Quintet, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Staff Sgt. Caluori is also the horn player in the West Point Woodwind Quintet. With the quintet, she has streamed live broadcasts at Trinity Church Wall Street and performed at the Shalin Liu Performing Art Center for the Rockland Music Festival.

In her free time, Staff Sgt. Caluori enjoys running, swimming, and spending time with her husband Nick (who serves as third horn in the West Point Band) and their three children.

Staff Sgt. Drew Mangus

Staff Sergeant Drew Mangus joined the West Point Band in 2014, coming from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He began playing horn in public school and was taught by his father, a horn player and lifelong band director. Staff Sgt. Mangus earned his bachelor’s degree in music performance from the University of Oklahoma, studying under Eldon Matlick. He earned a master’s in music performance from Southern Methodist University where he studied under Gregory Hustis and Haley Hoops of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Staff Sgt. Mangus has performed with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He also spent a summer in Breckenridge, Colorado, performing with the National Repertory Orchestra.

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