Staff Sergeant Megan Cardone joined the West Point Band in March of 2011. Before her arrival, she lived in New York City as a Kenan Fellow at the Lincoln Center Institute. While in New York, she won second prize in the Alexander and Buono International Flute Competition. Staff Sgt. Cardone earned her Bachelor of Music, magna cum laude, in 2008 from The University of Central Florida, where she won the Presser Scholar Award. She graduated in 2010 with a Master of Music from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she won the 2009 concerto competition and was awarded for her excellence as a studio teaching assistant in Dr. Tadeu Coelho's flute studio. Staff Sgt. Cardone was also the 2008 winner of the Florida Flute Association Young Artists Competition. Staff Sgt. Cardone has been a member of the West Point Woodwind Quintet since 2011. She is also a passionate portrait photographer and enjoys spending time with her husband David and her two sons Lucas and Henry.