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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 Ft. 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 DC. 

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.

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.