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Lieutenant Colonel Paul Bamonte
Washington, DC
Commander
E-mail: paul.r.bamonte.mil@mail.mil

Major Scott McKenzie
Mechanicsville, Maryland
Associate Bandmaster
Conductor/OIC, Concert Band
E-mail: scott.mckenzie@us.army.mil

Command Sergeant Major Leslie Nock
Syracuse, New York

Command Sergeant Major
E-mail: leslie.nock.mil@mail.mil


Lieutenant Colonel Paul Bamonte
Commander

A native of Washington, DC, Lieutenant Colonel Paul Bamonte became the Commander of The United States Army Field Band in December 2014. His most recent appointment was as Deputy Commandant of the United States Army School of Music (USASOM) in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Before arriving at USASOM, he was the Army Music Liaison Officer for Southwest Asia, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, serving as the senior U.S. Military music advisor for U.S. Army Central Command. In this capacity, he initiated and developed the first host-nation partnership with the Kuwait National Guard Band (KNG) and subsequently facilitated a two-week visit to USASOM, where the KNG Band senior leadership observed music training and performed with the USASOM staff in a tri-service (Army, Navy, and Marine Corps) concert for the public and local senior leaders. Also while in Kuwait, he performed technical-assistance visits to U.S. Army Bands providing musical support to American servicemembers and hostnation partners and personnel. Lieutenant Colonel Bamonte also performed as solo pianist for the U.S. Ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait City at functions in support of U.S. Military operations, and formed a rock band with musicians from the 39th Army National Guard Band, performing multiple troop-support missions across Kuwait. Previous appointments include Associate Conductor of The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own," Director of The U.S. Army Strings, and conductor of The U.S. Army Orchestra; Public Affairs Liaison Officer with the Joint Task Force-National Capital Region to the Presidential Inaugural Committee, 2012-2013; Commander and Conductor of the Army Ground Forces Band in Atlanta, Georgia, 2004-2006; Associate Conductor of The U.S. Army Field Band, Washington, DC, 2000-2003; and Associate Conductor of the Army Ground Forces Band, 1998-2000. During his most recent tour of duty with the Army Ground Forces Band, he performed as the seventh Music Director of the Atlanta Wind Symphony, where he served as principal guest conductor.

Lieutenant Colonel Bamonte holds a Master of International Affairs degree from The Bush School of Government and Public Service. He studied orchestral conducting, opera conducting, and piano at Florida State University (FSU) under Mark Gibson, and earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Shenandoah Conservatory. While at FSU, he also served as Assistant Conductor of the Florida State University Symphony Orchestra and Opera. He is a graduate of the Army's Intermediate Level Education and the Public Affairs Qualification Course from the Defense Information School at Fort Meade, Maryland, qualifying him as an Army Public Affairs Officer. Lieutenant Colonel Bamonte lives in Woodbridge, Virginia with his wife Janny Pattaravareenon, who works as a registered nurse in Washington, DC.

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Major Scott McKenzie
Associate Bandmaster, Conductor/OIC, Concert Band

Major Scott McKenzie was assigned as Associate Bandmaster of The U.S. Army Field Band and Officer-in-Charge of the Concert Band in August 2012. Previously, he was Commander of the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command Band at Fort Eustis, Virginia. Major McKenzie initially enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1999 and was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division Band at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Upon earning his commission, he served at the Army School of Music, the United States Army Europe Band and Chorus, and The United States Army Band.

Major McKenzie earned a Master of Music degree in Composition from George Mason University, where he was a student of Dr. Glenn Smith and Mark Camphouse. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Virginia Tech and studied music education and conducting at Old Dominion University and the Peabody Conservatory. Before enlisting in the Army, he taught band, chorus, and general music at the middle school level for four years.

Major McKenzie and his wife, Anne, have three children: Jimmy, Colleen, and Allie.

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Command Sergeant Major Leslie Nock
Command Sergeant Major

Command Sergeant Major Leslie Nock is originally from Syracuse, New York. Prior to joining The U.S. Army Field Band, Nock served in a variety of assignments, including the 1st Cavalry Division Band, the U.S. Army Europe Band and Chorus, the U.S. Army Signal Corps Band, the 10th Mountain Division Band, the U.S. Army School of Music, the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band, the 8th Army Band, and the 18th Army Band.

In addition to being the first Sergeant Major of the 1st Cavalry Division Band, Command Sergeant Major Nock served as Senior Drill Sergeant at the U.S. Army School of Music, Platoon Sergeant, and First Sergeant, and attended the Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss, Texas. She was deployed as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She holds degrees from Pennsylvania State University, Arizona State University, and Onondaga Community College.

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CSM McClung