Sergeant First Class John Castleman, a native of Poulsbo, Washington, came to the West Point Band in December of 2007. He earned a Bachelor of Music in wind performance from Central Washington University and a Master of Music in theory and composition from Norfolk State University. Prior to his appointment in the West Point Band, Sgt. 1st Class Castleman served in the United States Air Force “Heritage of America” Band in Virginia. In addition, he held a position at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and Epcot Center as a lead trumpet player for Future Corps. Sgt. 1st Class Castleman has performed with the Bach Festival Orchestra, Clarence Clemmons, Ken Peplowski, and Sam Rivers's Rivbea Orchestra. As a member of Grammy-nominated Rivers's orchestra, he recorded the CD entitled Aurora.