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

1LT D. Taylor Criswell


First Lieutenant Taylor Criswell is the Executive Officer for the United States Army Europe Band & Chorus where he is also serves as Director of the United States Army Europe Soldiers’ Chorus. Originally from Jackson, Tennessee, he holds both a BS in Music Performance and a MA in Education from the University of North Alabama where he performed with the nationally acclaimed Pride of Dixie Marching Band under the direction of Dr. Lloyd Jones III and studied conducting with Dr. Ian Loeppky.

1LT Criswell is a widely sought after clinician for concert bands and marching bands throughout the US. He currently serves as a brass instructor for the 7-Time World Champion Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps and program coordinator for the 2-Time Mississippi State Champion Hernando High School Marching Band. Prior to Santa Clara Vanguard, Criswell was a brass instructor with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps during which time the corps earned 3 DCI medals, including the 2008 World Championship. He remains an active drill designer for high school marching bands and military tattoos.

1LT Criswell’s military honors include: Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency, the COL Finley R. Hamilton Outstanding Military Musician Award, and Honor Graduate Recipient and Distinguished Leadership Awardee for the Warrior Leaders Course at Fort Benning, GA. He was previously assigned as the Executive Officer of the US Army School of Music in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Band and Chorus Sergeant Major

SGM Jesse Hughes

Sergeant Major Jesse L. Hughes, Jr., a native of Kansas City, Kan., is the Senior Enlisted Band leader for the USAREUR Band and Chorus. He is a graduate of the U. S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, the U. S. Army First Sergeant Course, Senior Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course and Warrior Leader Course. Additional military training includes the Instructor Training Course, the Master Fitness Training Course and the Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Course.

Sgt. Maj. Hughes’ civilian education includes a Bachelor of Music degree from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kan. and a Master of Music degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. Sgt. Maj. Hughes is currently pursuing a Philosophy of Education Degree in Educational Leadership from Northcentral University.

Sgt. Maj. Hughes’ military awards include the Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal (5th Award); Army Commendation Medal (2nd Award); Army Achievement Medal (2nd Award); Meritorious Unit Citation; Army Good Conduct Medal (8th Award); Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2nd Award); National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award); Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Korean Defense Service Medal; Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (4th Award); Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon (3rd Award); and the Northern Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal.

Previous assignments include Sergeant Major, The Army Ground Forces Band, Fort Bragg, NC 2014-2015; Staff Bands Sergeant Major, FORSCOM, Fort Bragg, NC 2013-2014; First Sergeant, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) 2009-2012, First Sergeant, US Signal Corps Band, Fort Gordon, GA 2007-2009; First Sergeant, 2nd Infantry Division Band, Camp Red Cloud, Uijongbu, South Korea 2005-2007; Senor Professional Development NCO, Human Resources Command, Alexandria, VA 2001-2005; Small Group Leader/Technical Instructor, Army School of Music NCOA, Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, VA 1998-2001; Trumpet Player, Eighth United States Army Band, Seoul, South Korea 1997-1998; 389th Army Band (AMC's Own), APG, MD, 1994-1997; and 389th Army Band (AMC's Own), Fort Monmouth, NJ 1990-1994.

Associate Bandmaster

CW2 Richard Chapman

Chief Warrant Officer Two Richard Chapman is currently serving as the Associate Conductor and Chief of Operations for the United States Army Europe Band & Chorus. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Richard holds a Master of Arts in Band Conducting from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Music in Trombone Performance from the Ohio State University.

While at the University of Iowa, he served as graduate assistant within the University Band Department. A student of Dr. Richard Mark Heidel, his responsibilities included assisting with 250-member Hawkeye Marching Band, Iowa Pep Bands, and three Concert Bands. During his undergraduate study at Ohio State, he was a member of many ensembles including the Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Marching Band where he studied conducting with Dr. Jon R. Woods and Jonathan Waters.

Mr. Chapman has also served as the Commander and Conductor of the 399th Army Band, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, from 2013 to 2015 and as a commissioned officer in the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Osan Air Base, Korea from 2011 to 2013.

Richard’s memberships include the Phi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the Adjutant General Corps Regimental Association and the National Band Association. Among his military honors are the Meritorious Service Medal - one oak leaf cluster, the Army Commendation Medal - two oak leaf clusters, and the University of Iowa Army ROTC Superior Senior Cadet Citation. He is also a 2011 ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate and Honor Graduate of his Adjutant General Basic Officer Leadership Course class.


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