Sergeant First Class John Castleman, a native of Poulsbo, Washington, came to the West Point Band in December of 2007. He earned a Bachelor of Music in wind performance from Central Washington University and a Master of Music in theory and composition from Norfolk State University. Prior to his appointment in the Jazz Knights, Sgt. 1st Class Castleman served in the United States Air Force “Heritage of America” Band in Virginia. In addition, he held a position at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and Epcot Center as a lead trumpet player for Future Corps. Sgt. 1st Class Castleman has performed with the Bach Festival Orchestra, Clarence Clemmons, Ken Peplowski, and Sam Rivers's Rivbea Orchestra. As a member of Grammy-nominated Rivers's orchestra, he recorded the CD entitled Aurora.
Staff Sergeant Andrew Garcia joined the West Point Band as principal trumpet in December 2010. He received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in trumpet performance from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Thomas Smith and Mark Gould. While a student at the Manhattan School, Staff Sgt. Garcia traveled extensively throughout the world. He has played in over a dozen countries and in many differing capacities, including serving as the principal trumpet of the Nice Festival Orchestra in Nice, France, and performing as a featured soloist in the Royal Albert Hall in London. He has also played in various ensembles in the New York area, including the New York City Ballet, the New York Staff Band of the Salvation Army, and the New York Philharmonic.
In addition to performing, Staff Sgt. Garcia is an avid educator. He has taught around the globe in such countries as Bolivia, Chile, India, Oman, and many others. In 2005, he founded the Manhattan Citadel Music School in Harlem, which provides a free, comprehensive musical education to twenty-five children from around the community. The music school and its students have received numerous awards in musical excellence throughout the New York area. The school has been featured in the New York Times, and its students have gone on to matriculate into several performing arts schools for further musical study.
Staff Sergeant Bill Owens is currently the associate principal trumpet with the West Point Band. After receiving his bachelor's degree from the Juilliard School in 2005, Staff Sgt. Owens moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a freelance chamber and orchestral musician. He quickly established himself by performing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Diego Symphony, and the Santa Barbara Symphony, as well as numerous other Southern California orchestras. For six years, Staff Sgt. Owens was a member of the national touring ensemble, Presidio Brass. While maintaining a busy performing schedule with Presidio, Staff Sgt. Owens and organist Alison Leudecke performed recitals in venues throughout Southern California. In addition to performing, Staff Sgt. Owens edits, arranges, and writes music for his instrument within varying contexts.
Raised in a musical household in California, Staff Sergeant Carl Stanley has seen his trumpet career take him around the globe. After completing his Bachelor of Arts in music in 2008 at California State University, East Bay, Staff Sgt. Stanley won a position with the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band in Hampton, Virginia.
In his four years as trumpet in the Concert Band and a member of the Heritage Brass Quintet, Staff Sgt. Stanley toured throughout the United States, performing in concerts, recitals, ceremonies, professional sporting events, competitions, and conventions as an Airman Musician. Deploying to the Middle East, Staff Sgt. Stanley was also able to perform in the AFCENT Band, which utilized music as a partnership-building tool to better U.S. relations with war-torn regions. Staff Sgt. Stanley left the Air Force in 2013 to complete his Master of Music degree at the Yale School of Music. Upon graduating in May of 2015, he transitioned into the U.S. Army as a member of the West Point Band.