Band and Chorus Commander

MAJ Dwayne S. Milburn



 

Major Dwayne S. Milburn is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. In 1986 he graduated from UCLA with a BFA in Music and received a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 1992. He received his Ph.D. in Music from UCLA in 2009.

During his undergraduate career, Maj. Milburn was an arranger for the UCLA Band and Choral Programs, as well as the Special Projects Division of ABC-TV. Upon graduation he became the Director of Cadet Music for the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, serving as the conductor for the internationally renowned West Point Glee Club. During graduate studies in Cleveland, he contributed several arrangements to the Cleveland Orchestra.

Prior to his Ph.D. studies, Maj. Milburn served as one of 24 commissioned officer conductors in the United States Army Band Program. His assignments include duties as the associate bandmaster for the U.S. Continental Army Band (Fort Monroe, Virginia,) The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” (Washington, DC), and the U.S. Army Europe Band and Chorus (Heidelberg, Germany). He commanded the Army Ground Forces Band, Atlanta, Georgia. Among his military honors are the President Benjamin Harrison Award, the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and the NATO Medal.

Maj. Milburn is active as a composer, conductor, and adjudicator. He has received commissions from the instrumental programs at UCLA, University of North Texas, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His choral and wind ensemble works are published by the Alfred, Kjos, and Ludwig Masters Music companies. Several of his works for band, including American Hymnsong Suite, Variations on St. Patrick’s Breastplate, and Emerald Suite are featured in volumes six through eight of Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, edited by Dr. Eugene Corporon.

In 2002 he conducted the Kennedy Center’s Annual Messiah Sing-Along, and served as an adjudicator for the Conductor’s Art Workshop, co-hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Wisconsin National Guard Band. From 2005-2009, Major Milburn was the composer in residence for the Music Guild of the St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church (Pacific Palisades, California). During that time he wrote three major works for the St. Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra and contributed over 25 anthems, several psalm settings, and a major service music setting to the parish choral music program. Major Milburn continues to serve as an instrumental adjudicator for the Heritage Music Festival series and is currently completing commissioned works for Pacific Serenades Chamber Ensemble (Los Angeles, California) and the Vocal Arts Ensemble (Ann Arbor, Michigan).

Band and Chorus Executive Officer

CPT Aaron Morris



 

Captain Aaron Morris serves as the Executive Officer for the United States Army Europe Band & Chorus, where he is also the Producer and Director of the United States Army Europe Soldiers’ Chorus. A native of Finksburg, Maryland, Captain Morris holds a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from the University of Maryland, where he studied with saxophonist Dale Underwood, and a Masters of Music Education degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

Captain Morris began his military career in 2005 as a saxophonist in the 257th Army National Guard Band, “The band of the Nation’s Capitol”. In 2007, he joined the Training and Doctrine Command Band at Ft. Monroe, Virginia. While at the TRADOC Band, he was selected as the first Army Bands Soldier of the Year. As a Saxophonist, he was a Semifinalist at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, performed at the International Saxophone Symposium, and performed at the East Coast Jazz Festival.

Captain Morris received his commission in 2009 from the Officer Candidate School at Ft. Benning, Georgia where he was a Distinguished Military Graduate. He was then assigned to the Army School of Music in Little Creek, Virginia where he served as Executive Officer. Most recently, Captain Morris served in The Army Forces Command, G-1 as the Staff Bands Officer, at the Forces Command Headquarters at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Captain Morris’ military awards include: five Army Commendation Medals, the Army Achievement Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

Band and Chorus Sergeant Major

SGM Pedro Quiñones



 

Maj. Bruce PulverSergeant Major (SGM) Pedro F. Quiñones is a native of Peñuelas, Puerto Rico. He entered the Puerto Rico – Army National Guard (PRNG) in April of 1985 where he completed Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Fort McClellan, Alabama as a Military Policeman. After two years with the PRNG he joined the active component in May of 1987. In 1991 he completed the Army School of Music Advanced Individual Training at Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base, Virginia Beach, Virginia as an Army Musician. His military education includes Primary Leaders Development Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, Antiterrorist Officer Level II, First Sergeants Course, and the United States Sergeants Major Course: Class 63.

SGM Quiñones’ previous assignments as a Military Policeman include the 544th MP CO, Yauco, PR; 410th and 411th MP COs, Fort Hood, TX; and 545th MP CO, 1st Calvary Division, Fort Hood, Texas. His assignments as an Army Musician include the 1st Calvary Division Band, Fort Hood, Texas; Operations and Supply Non-Commissioned Officer, 36th Army Band, Fort Huachuca, Arizona; Information Assurance Security Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC), 2nd Infantry Division Band, Camp Red Cloud, Republic of Korea; Security NCOIC, 214th Army Band, Army Ground Forces Band, Fort McPherson, Georgia; Platoon Sergeant and Human Resources NCOIC, 296th Army Band, United States Army Japan Band, Camp Zama, Japan; Senior Teams Leader, 214th Army Band, Army Ground Forces Band, Fort McPherson, Georgia; Bandmaster and First Sergeant, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers of Europe (SHAPE) International Band, Casteau, Belgium; and First Sergeant 3rd Infantry Division Band, Fort Stewart, Georgia.

SGM Quiñones’ civilian education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Saint Leo University and Master’s degree in the same field from Nova Southeastern University. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

SGM Quiñones’ awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four Army Meritorious Service Medals, five Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, eight Army Good Conduct Medals, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, four Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbons, three Overseas Service Ribbons, and the Meritorious Unit Commendation.


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