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Lieutenant Colonel Tod Addison

Commander and Conductor

Lieutenant Colonel Tod Addison comes to the United States Military Academy Band at West Point, New York from the U.S. Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he was the U.S. Army Forces Command Staff Bands Officer. Prior to that assignment, Lieutenant Colonel Addison was the Deputy Commander and Orchestra Director at the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in Washington, D.C. 

Previous assignments include the United States Army School of Music in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he was School Company Commander, Director of Training and Officer Course Instructor. While at the Army School of Music, Lieutenant Colonel Addison designed and instructed the first Band Commissioned Officer courses and was responsible for all other training including that of Army Band Soldiers’ Advanced Individual Training, Noncommissioned Officers and Warrant Officers for the entire Army Band Program. Lieutenant Colonel Addison also supervised the deconsolidation and complete redesign of Advanced Individual Training from a 65-year-old Navy course of instruction. Prior assignments include Commander, The United States Army Training and Doctrine Command Band; Deputy Commander of The United States Military Academy Band at West Point, New York; and Executive Officer of The Continental Army Band at Ft. Monroe, Virginia. 

Born in Washington DC to a Navy family, Lieutenant Colonel Addison’s hometown is Mansfield, Ohio. Lieutenant Colonel Addison attended Ashland University and was graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education from The Ohio State University. He continued his education with graduate work at both West Texas State University and East Carolina University, earning a Master of Music. Lieutenant Colonel Addison was a student of Craig Kirchoff, Deborah Chodacki, Robert Spring, James Pyne, and Elizabeth Pastor. Prior to enlisting in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel Addison was a public school music teacher for seven years in his adopted home state of North Carolina. In 1995, he joined the United States Army as a clarinet player and was assigned to the 399th Army Band at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. While at Fort Leonard Wood, he was selected as an Army Band Officer. In 1998, he completed Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Major Bryan J. Ralls

Deputy Commander

Major Bryan Ralls, a native of Placentia, California, currently serves as the Deputy Commander of the West Point Band. He assumed his current position in June of 2019.

Major Ralls began his career in the military as a Private. He was a combat engineer with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. After auditioning with the band at Fort Bragg, Major Ralls became a trumpet player with the band. He attended the Army School of Music and then served with the 399th Army Band at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. After five years of playing in the Army Band program, Major Ralls decided to pursue an education in music. He earned his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Master of Music from Old Dominion University.

Major Ralls was commissioned in April of 2004 as an AG officer with the U.S. Army Reserve, where he served as an Executive Officer and Commander of a Basic Combat Training (BCT) Unit. Major Ralls was deployed on a Military Transition Team (MiTT) for Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005 and 2006, where he served with the 3rd Special Forces Group, the 3rd Armored Cavalry, and later the 101st Airborne Division as well. Upon his return in 2006, Major Ralls reassumed command of his BCT Company before becoming the Aide-de-Camp to Brigadier General Robert Stall. In 2008, Major Ralls was selected to become an Army Band Officer and assigned as the Executive Officer of the Army School of Music, followed by an assignment as the Executive Officer and Director of the U.S. Army Europe Soldiers Chorus. He served as the Commander, Deputy Commandant, and Director of Training at the Army School of Music. Major Ralls was selected for the resident Command and General Staff College (CGSC) in 2016. Upon graduation from CGSC, he assumed command of the 82nd Airborne Division Band and Chorus at Fort Bragg, North Carolina prior to his arrival at West Point. He has performed and conducted all over the world to include Moscow, London, Berlin, Normandy, and Carnegie Hall to name a few.

Major Ralls’ military training and accomplishments include the completion of the Primary Leadership Development Course (Commandant’s List), Fort Bragg, North Carolina; U.S. Army School of Music Basic Course, Norfolk, Virginia (Commandant’s List); Airborne School, Fort Benning, Georgia; Garrison Command Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Adjutant General Officer Basic Course, Fort Jackson, South Carolina (Distinguished Honor Graduate and Commandant’s List); Army Band Officer Course, Norfolk, Virginia; CaptainCareer Course, Norfolk, Virginia and Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and most recently graduated from the Command & General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

An accomplished Soldier, Major Ralls’ numerous military awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star, four Meritorious Service Medals, five Army Commendation Medals, five Army Achievement Medals, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with star, the Iraq Campaign Medal with two stars, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, two Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medals, the Armed Forces Service Medal with M-device, the Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Combat Action Badge, the Parachutist Badge, the Order of the Golden Spur, and the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Gold).

Major Ralls is married to Jennifer, his wife of over 24 years and is the proud father of two children, Zach and Jordan.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Charles A. Doswell IV

Associate Bandmaster

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Charles A. Doswell IV was assigned to the United States Military Academy Band at West Point, New York, as the Associate Bandmaster in August 2018. Originally from Norman, Oklahoma, Mr. Doswell graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1998 with a Bachelor of Music in trombone performance. He then attended Indiana University pursuing a Master of Music in trombone performance.

He enlisted in the Army in 2002 as a trombone player and served in a variety of enlisted assignments to include 1st Cavalry Division Band, Fort Hood, Texas; the USAREUR Band and Chorus, Heidelberg Germany; and the Directorate of Training and Doctrine at the U.S. Army School of Music, Virginia Beach, Virginia.

In 2012, Mr. Doswell was selected for training as a Warrant Officer Bandmaster and attended Warrant Officer Candidate School at Ft. Rucker, Alabama. As a Warrant Officer, Mr. Doswell has served as the Chief of Unit Capabilities Integration at the U.S. Army School of Music, and commanded the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division Band, Ft. Campbell, Kentucky.  

His military education includes the Primary Leadership Development Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, Warrant Officer Basic Course, Bandmaster Warrant Officer Advanced Course, Systems Approach to Training Basic Course, Training Developer Middle Manager Course, Army Basic Instructor Course, Small Group Instructor Training Course, Initial Faculty Development Course, the Lessons Learned Course, Company Commander’s and First Sergeant’s pre-command Course, and Air Assault Course.

His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (3OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3OLC), Army Achievement Medal (4OLC), Good Conduct Medal (3rd Award), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (1 Service Star), Operation Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (3rd Award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (4th Award), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Citation, the Combat Action Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Doswell is married to Candice L. Doswell of Saint Cloud, Minnesota and has three children.

Command Sergeant Major James Mullins

Command Sergeant Major

Command Sergeant Major James Mullins was appointed as the second Command Sergeant Major for the West Point Band in August 2013. He enlisted in the Army in 1986. After attending the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia, and continuing his first enlistment with the 392nd Army Band at Fort Lee, Virginia, Command Sergeant Major Mullins attended Virginia Commonwealth University, where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in 1993. He then attended the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University where he was awarded a Master of Music in 1995.

Command Sergeant Major Mullins returned to military service in 1995 by joining the Army Ground Forces Band at Ft. McPherson in Atlanta, Georgia, as principal oboe. He then joined the West Point Band in 1996 as the assistant principal oboe and solo English horn. He has served in numerous leadership positions with the West Point Band, including Woodwind Group Leader and Administrative NCOIC. In 2008, he became the Concert Band NCOIC and was assigned to serve as Family and Support Division Sergeant Major.

Command Sergeant Major Mullins served as principal oboe in the concert band from 2002 to 2010, during which time he performed throughout the country. He also served as the oboist of the Academy Wind Quintet from 1996 to 2013, performing recitals for diverse audiences from coast to coast.

Command Sergeant Major Mullins has continued to further his military education and training, including attending Pre-Command and Command Sergeants Major Course at Fort Leavenworth in 2013; graduating from Air Assault School in 2014; and completing Equal Opportunity Leaders Course and Lean Six Sigma training in 2016.