Concert Band Personnel

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Staff Sergeant Philip Stehly

Principal Trombone

Staff Sergeant Philip Stehly joined the West Point Band in the summer of 2005. A native of Kansas City, he received a Bachelor of Music in trombone performance from Indiana University. While at Indiana, he was the principal trombonist of the Wind Ensemble under the direction of Ray Cramer. Staff Sergeant Stehly has also performed with the IU New Music Ensemble, IU Symphony Orchestras, and the Bloomington Camerata. His principal teachers are Roger Oyster of the Kansas City Symphony, and Dee Stewart and Peter Ellefson of Indiana University.

Staff Sergeant Alaina Alster

Staff Sergeant Alaina Alster joined the West Point Band in October of 2013. Originally from Long Island, New York, she earned her Bachelor of Music in both trombone and euphonium performance from the University of Michigan and her Master of Music in trombone performance from the Manhattan School of Music. Prior to joining the West Point Band, Staff Sergeant Alster was an active freelance musician in New York City where she enjoyed a career performing a wide range of musical genres. She continues to perform with ensembles outside of West Point, specifically as a member of PitchBlak Brass Band, a ten piece hip-hop brass band based out of Brooklyn, New York. Staff Sergeant Alster is also a music educator and has worked as a teaching artist for the Phil Ramone Orchestra for Children and as a private music instructor.