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Concert Band Personnel

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Master Sgt. MaryKay Messenger

Master Sergeant MaryKay Messenger is a native of Newburgh, New York, and a well-known soloist throughout the Hudson Valley region, performing classical, Broadway, jazz, and popular music. She is the premier vocalist for the West Point Band and first sang with them at their season finale 1812 concert in 1980, at the age of 12. She continued throughout the years as a guest vocalist for a variety of concerts until she joined the Army in 1996. Master Sgt. Messenger performed as a soloist for a European Summer Broadway Tour and has appeared locally in several musicals including Godspell, Shenandoah, and Grease. She has sung operatic roles in Montclair, New Jersey; with the Amato Opera Theatre in New York City; and at the Bardavon Opera House in Poughkeepsie, New York. She has performed with the famous Irish Tenors, Frank Patterson, John McDermott, the Nexus percussion ensemble, and soprano Sylvia McNair.

Master Sgt. Messenger performed as a featured soloist for the West Point Band’s Bicentennial Concert in Carnegie Hall, the Royal Norwegian Military Band in Oslo, Norway, and as the first American military vocalist to perform with the military band of the People’s Liberation Army in Beijing, China. She recently performed as a soloist for the Boston Pops 2013 Holiday Concert at Eisenhower Hall Theatre. She has sung the National Anthem for many high-profile events, such as the 2012 Bruce Springsteen concert “Stand Up for Heroes” at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, at Madison Square Garden for the New York Knicks, at the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange, and at Radio City Music Hall for World Championship Boxing. She has also sung regularly at Yankee Stadium, including a live, televised performance of "God Bless America" for Game 1 of the 2009 World Series. Master Sgt. Messenger also sings for numerous New York Jets and Giants football games. She is often highlighted in Army football halftime shows, and she performs for many official functions at West Point and in New York City for distinguished guests, politicians, and international dignitaries. Master Sgt. Messenger has studied voice with Walter Blazer, Mya Vernole, and Phyllis Curtin.

Master Sgt. Brian Broelmann

Master Sergeant Brian Broelmann plays guitar and other assorted string instruments with the West Point Concert Band and oversees the Concert Band’s chamber ensembles. After completing his musical training at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, Master Sgt. Broelmann taught public school music for a year before joining the West Point Band in 2001. While serving as a saxophone player in the band, he developed a love for stringed instruments, playing bass and guitar in a variety of groups and covering everything from acoustic folk to speed metal.

One of Master Sgt. Broelmann's greatest honors is accompanying the band's vocalists for veterans groups and community outreach. When Master Sgt. Broelmann is not performing or working with the band's logistical support team, he spends his time running and looking for new instruments to add to his arsenal.

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