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Sergeant First Class Jeremy Wissner

Sergeant First Class Jeremy Wissner, from Elkton, Michigan, earned both a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in trumpet performance from Western Michigan University. He was a member of and soloist for the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps and was a founding educator for the Legends Drum & Bugle Corps of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Prior to joining the Hellcats in 2010, he was active as a freelance trumpeter in the Kalamazoo area, performing with the Southwest Michigan Symphony, the West Shore Symphony Orchestra, the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, and the summer stock Equity house, “The Barn Theatre,” in Augusta, Michigan. He spent a year as a table games dealer at a casino in Michigan and now uses these abilities to deal for charity events held annually at West Point. He also enjoys running and has run both the Army 10-miler and the Marine Corps Marathon as part of Team Fisher House, which supports injured soldiers and their families on the road to recovery.

Staff Sergeant Brian Eib

Staff Sergeant Brian Eib is originally from West Bloomfield, Michigan, and joined the West Point Band in 2015. He spent the first two years of his military career with the 282nd Band at Fort Jackson. Staff Sergeant Eib received two full scholarships en route to his bachelor's degree in music performance from Western Michigan University, where he performed with the Russell Brown Honors Brass Quintet. He received his master's degree from University of California, Los Angeles, where he performed with the Gluck Brass Quintet. His primary instructors on the trumpet include Scott Thornburg, Dr. Stephen Jones, and Jens Lindemann. He was a member of the 2001 world champion Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, playing lead soprano at the age of 16. In 2006, he toured the People’s Republic of China as principal trumpet of the WMU Symphonic Band. That same year, he was also a winner of the Adrian Boyer Concerto Competition at the Bay View Music Festival in Bay View, Michigan.

Staff Sergeant Gillian Huff

Staff Sergeant Gillian Huff, originally from Snellville, Georgia, won her position at West Point in February of 2017. In 2014, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Music in music education. She then attended Northwestern University, completing a Master of Music in trumpet performance in 2016. While at Northwestern, she attended the Chautauqua Music Festival and the Brevard Music Center, both on full scholarships. Soon after graduation, she won the 2nd Trumpet position with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra and continued to freelance in the greater Chicago area.

Staff Sergeant Daniel Haddock

Staff Sergeant Daniel Haddock, a native of Decatur, Alabama, joined the West Point Band in 2018. He was the winner of both the International Trumpet Guild Solo and National Federation of Music Clubs Student Collegiate Brass Competitions, additionally being selected as a national prizewinner for the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Brass Competition. As an orchestral player, Staff Sergeant Haddock has performed with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, and Panama City Pops. He has also previously performed in music festivals at the Round Top Festival Institute and Brevard Music Center. Prior to joining the Hellcats, he earned a Bachelor of Music from Auburn University and pursued graduate studies in trumpet performance at Florida State University. Staff Sergeant Haddock’s primary teachers include Nancy Taylor, Dr. Mark DeGoti, and Dr. Christopher Moore.