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Academy Wind Quintet
About the Academy Wind Quintet  ¦  Individual Member Biographies

The Academy Wind Quintet presents a varied and colorful program of virtuoso chamber music for winds, featuring repertoire ranging from the late eighteenth century courts of Europe to the contemporary masters of the twentieth century.

This ensemble comprises players from within the West Point Concert Band and carries on the great tradition of woodwind playing that has existed at West Point since 1815. The members of the quintet are committed to bringing a wide variety of musical styles to their programs, including turn-of-the-century waltzes, popular music and educational works like Peter and the Wolf.

The Academy Wind Quintet performs music for official military functions, social occasions, formal concerts, public service and educational youth clinics and concerts.

Individual Member Biographies

  
  
Biography
Master Sgt. Troy Messner
Horn
Master Sergeant Troy Messner, who hails from Lakeland, Florida, began playing the horn at the age of twelve. Soon after his graduation from high school in 1986, he joined the United States Marine Corps. After a tour in the Fleet Marine Forces Pacific Band located in Marine Barracks, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Master Sgt. Messner left the Marines to pursue studies in horn performance. Before and after graduating from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Master Sgt. Messner was principal horn with the Imperial Symphony of Lakeland, fourth horn with the Florida West Coast Symphony and fourth horn with the Brevard Symphony. He substituted with the Naples Philharmonic, the Southwest Florida Symphony and the Orlando Symphony. He also performed with the touring Broadway shows Miss Saigon, Sunset Blvd, Buskers, Carousel and Beauty and the Beast among others. In 1998, Master Sgt. Messner returned to the Marine Corps, but soon after, joined the West Point Band in September of 1999.
 
Staff Sgt. Torin Olsen
Flute
Staff Sergeant Torin Olsen joined the West Point Band in April of 2010.  In 2001, he received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern California where he studied with Jim Walker, an alumnus of the West Point Band. Prior to earning his Master of Music from Duquesne University under the tutelage of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra flutist Damian Bursill-Hall in 2006, he studied under Robert Langevin and Geralyn Coticone. Before arriving at West Point, Staff Sgt. Olsen performed with the Warren Philharmonic, Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, Erie Philharmonic, W.D. Packard Concert Band, and McKeesport Symphony Orchestra. He gave the world premier of Todd Goodman’s Echos, a concerto for piccolo and orchestra, with the McKeesport Symphony in 2007. An avid chamber musician, Staff Sgt. Olsen was a founding member of Zephyrs, a Pittsburgh based woodwind quintet, and along with his flutist wife, Brianne, formed the chamber group "The Olsen Duo."
 
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