Chief Warrant Officer Two Jonathan Crane is a graduate of The Hartt School of music in composition. His composition professors were Robert Carl, Kenneth Steen, and Stephen Gryc. During his studies, Jon also took double bass lessons with world-renowned contemporary performer Robert Black. Mr. Crane has also studied with Anthony Stoops, Aaron Keaster, and Jim Miller. Along with his Hartt School Artist Diploma, he has a Master's in Composition from Bowling Green State University, and a Bachelor's in Music Education from Lebanon Valley College. In 2013, Mr. Crane was given the National Federation of Music Clubs Military Composition Award for "Open Field." His compositions have been performed by Aaron Misenheimer, Tyler Smith, the Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, the Avery Ensemble, and various military and university groups. As a bassist, Mr. Crane has worked for Hersheypark Entertainment, Celebrity Cruises, and Holland America Line.
Mr. Crane attended basic training at Ft. Jackson in 2009, then graduated early from AIT with the C1 identifier. His first duty station was with the 25th Infantry Division Band, while there he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn. He has also served with the Signal Corps Band from Ft. Gordon, GA. In 2014, he graduated from Warrant Officer Candidate School and became the commander of the United States Army Military Intelligence Corps Band until 2017. Currently, he is a research analyst for the Army Music Analytics Team, centered at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY.
Sergeant Major Denver Dill joined the West Point Band in 2004 while serving as a doctoral teaching assistant at the Eastman School of Music. He holds a master’s degree from the Juilliard School and an undergraduate degree from Eastern Kentucky University. As a soloist, Sgt. Maj. Dill has been a prizewinner in several international and national trumpet competitions.
Sgt. Maj. Dill has performed all over the globe on behalf of several well-known institutions, including the Aspen Music Festival, the International Trumpet Guild, the Juilliard School, the New York Philharmonic, and numerous other colleges, universities, festivals, and conventions. He has appeared as both a soloist and a substitute principal trumpet player with the New York Philharmonic and has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Brass.
Since his time at West Point, Sgt. Maj. Dill has assisted the Academy and the Army Music Program using Lean Six Sigma, advanced analytics, game theory, and other relevant business strategies to provide a common operating picture for decision making. Using collaborative partnerships with the USMA Department of Mathematical Sciences, Department of Systems Engineering, and Department of English and Philosophy, and industry leaders such as Nielsen, he established the newly-formed Music Research Center in order to provide ample infrastructure to remain forward thinking, fiscally sound, and in compliance with governing rules and regulations.
Sgt. Major Jeremy Schlegel, from Hanover Township, Pennsylvania, joined the West Point Band in August of 2008. He earned his Bachelor of Music in trumpet performance and music education from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. In 2012, he was awarded a Master of Public Administration degree from John Jay College in New York, New York, with a concentration in human resources management. Sgt. Major Schlegel began his enlisted career in August of 2005. Prior to his assignment at West Point, Sgt. Major Schlegel was assigned to the U.S. Army Medical Command Band at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, where he served as the Personnel and Administration Branch Chief and performed as principal trumpet in the Concert Band, Jazz Combo, and Rock Band. Sgt. Major Schlegel earned his Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma (Process Improvement) in 2016, and is actively involved in building the process improvement community at West Point. He also volunteers with local community organizations such as Higher Ground Men's Group, Men of St. Joseph, and the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Choir.
Master Sergeant Shane Pettit, from Easton, Pennsylvania, joined the West Point Band in September of 2007. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in tuba performance from Temple University. Prior to joining the Army Band Program, Master Sgt. Pettit was an active freelance tubist as well as a full-time repair technician in the Philadelphia area. He apprenticed under Ed Coles of Regional Music Service in Millville, New Jersey, and was a journeyman repair technician under Bret Gustafson of Gustafson Music in Philadelphia. Prior to joining the West Point Band, Master Sgt. Pettit served with the 2nd Infantry Division Band in Korea and was also an instrument repair technician at the Armed Forces School of Music, Little Creek, Virginia. He most recently served as tuba instructor at the Armed Forces School of Music.
Sergeant First Class Carla Loy Song became a member of the West Point Band in 2007. Before joining the band, she served as an adjunct faculty member of the University of Maryland School of Music, where she also earned her Master of Music in trumpet performance. She received a Bachelor of Music Education from Indiana University where she studied both trumpet and voice. Sgt. 1st Class Loy Song has played in the Concert Band and Jazz Knights trumpet sections, was a founding member and lead singer of the Benny Havens Band, and is now a member of the Support Staff, serving as Operations NCOIC since 2017.
In her free time, Sgt. 1st Class Loy Song is active in the music ministry of her church where she sings in the choir, plays trumpet on special occasions, and directs the children’s choir. She enjoys playing poker and catching Broadway shows with her husband when they’re not busy going on magical adventures with their two incredible sons.
Sergeant First Class Brandie Lane of Columbia, South Carolina, joined the West Point Band in October of 2010. She earned a Bachelor of Science in music engineering technology from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. Prior to joining the band, Sgt. 1st Class Lane served as head audio engineer at Grammy Award-winning Sono Luminus, a record label in Northern Virginia specializing in classical and jazz music. Her accolades include a Grammy Award for "Best Engineered Album – Classical," engineering and mastering credits on multiple Grammy-nominated albums, an "Award of Excellence" from the Audio Engineering High Resolution Recording Competition, and a Downbeat Award for "Best Engineering for a Live Recording." Sgt. 1st Class Lane's professional affiliations include membership with the Audio Engineering Society and The Recording Academy (Producers and Engineers Wing).
Sergeant First Class Ehrin Anthony joined the West Point Band in August of 2014. He previously served as the NCOIC of supply at the U.S. Army School of Music. Sgt. 1st Class Anthony has also served as a percussionist with the 9th Army Band in Fairbanks, Alaska, and the U.S. Army Signal Corps Band in Augusta, Georgia.
Staff Sergeant Chrissy Rivers joined the West Point Band in September of 2010. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Prior to joining the West Point Band, Staff Sgt. Rivers studied with designers such as James Victore, Paul Sahre, and Joe Marianek. She also interned at Billboard Magazine and Knopf Publishing. In 2009, she created a stress-relieving event called “Play Day,” which received press from Time Out New York, Gothamist, 101.9 RXP, and various other New York media outlets. She has freelanced as a designer for local musicians and as a web designer.
Staff Sergeant Noah D. Taylor of Columbus, Ohio, joined the West Point Band in May of 2015. He previously served as Music Arranger and NCOIC of Sound, Staging, and Lighting at the 113th Army Band "Dragoons" in Fort Knox, Kentucky. Staff Sgt. Taylor also served as a trombone player with the 323d Army Band "Fort Sam's Own" at Fort Sam Houston.
Staff Sgt. Taylor is an accomplished composer whose works have been internationally published and performed. Staff Sgt. Taylor graduated with a Master of Music in composition from Bowling Green State University and a Bachelor of Music in composition from the Capital University Conservatory of Music.