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, he 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 degree in composition from Bowling Green State University, and a bachelor's degree 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, Georgia. 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, New York.
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, Sergeant Major Dill has been a prizewinner in several international and national trumpet competitions.
Sergeant Major 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, Sergeant Major 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, as well as 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.
Sergeant 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 from John Jay College in New York, New York, with a concentration in human resources management, and is a member of the Adjutant General Corps Regimental Association. He recently earned the Professional in Human Resources Certification through the Human Resources Certification Institute.
Sergeant Major Schlegel began his enlisted career in August of 2005. Prior to his assignment at West Point, Sergeant 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. Sergeant 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.
Sergeant First Class Joseph D. Hart Jr. is a native of Houston, Texas. After enlisting in the Army in 2000, Sergeant First Class Hart spent his first six years as a Line Medic with 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment out of Fort Lewis, Washington. During that time, he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (2004-2005) and was awarded the Combat Medic Badge.
He was then assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team in Bamberg, Germany, from 2006 to 2009. He deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (2007-2008) and served as the Plans and Operations NCOIC responsible for all Eastern Theater medical evacuations.
Sergeant First Class Hart was subsequently assigned to the Kirk U.S. Army Health Clinic in Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland, and served as the Plans, Training, Mobilization, Security, and Education NCOIC. During his three-year tenure, he was selected as the Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year (2010) by the Northern Region Medical Command. Sergeant First Class Hart was also selected by the Department of the Army to serve as an Advanced Individual Training (AIT) Platoon Sergeant and attended the school in Ft. Jackson, South Carolina.
Sergeant First Class Hart served as the Senior AIT Platoon Sergeant for Delta Company, 264th Medical Battalion, 32nd Medical Brigade. From 2012 to 2014, he was responsible for seven platoon sergeants and more than 1,400 Soldiers attending the Biomedical Equipment Repair Technician Course (68A) and the Medical Logisticians Course (68J), located at Joint Base San Antonio.
Sergeant First Class Hart also served with the Keller Army Community Hospital at West Point as the Operations NCOIC, and was responsible for medical coverage oversight in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. He arrived at the West Point Band in December of 2017.
He is a graduate of American Military University, holding a bachelor’s degree in management with a focus in leadership, and is currently working on his master’s in national security.
Sergeant First Class Hart earned his Air Assault Badge in 2003, Pathfinder Badge in 2006, Airborne Badge in 2006, and Expert Field Medical Badge in 2006. He attended the Primary Leadership Development Course in 2003, Advanced Leader’s Course in 2006, Senior Leader’s Course in 2011, and Battle Staff in 2012. Sergeant First Class Hart is a Master Resilience Trainer, Unit Prevention Leader, and holds a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Knowledge Management certification. Military Occupational Specialties include: 13B Field Artillery Crewman, 68W Combat Medic, and 42S Special Band Member.
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. Sergeant First 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. She has served as Operations NCOIC since 2017.
In her free time, Sergeant First 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. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science in Music Engineering Technology from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, and a Master of Arts in Management and Leadership from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. Prior to joining the band, Sergeant First 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." Sergeant First Class Lane's professional affiliations include membership with the Audio Engineering Society and voting membership with 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. Sergeant First 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 Sergeant 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 Sergeant Taylor also served as a trombone player with the 323d Army Band "Fort Sam's Own" at Fort Sam Houston.
Staff Sergeant Taylor is an accomplished composer whose works have been internationally published and performed. He 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.
Staff Sergeant William Magno of Richmond, Virginia, joined the West Point band in February of 2014. He earned a Bachelor of Music, Emphasis in Music Industry from James Madison University in 2006. Past duty assignments include the USAREUR Band in Heidelberg, Germany, and the 1st Armored Division Band at Fort Bliss. Prior to joining the Army, he worked as a post-production sound designer, working on shows for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, and many others.