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

Download High Resolution PhotoThe Academy Brass Quintet is comprised of musicians from the West Point Concert Band. Founded in 2008, the group has been delighting audiences across the tri-state area with its diverse repertoire. Academy Brass recently performed the National Anthem at Yankee Stadium and was a featured chamber ensemble on the nationally televised West Point Holiday Special on Fox News. As members of the United States Army stationed at the United States Military Academy Brass is proud to tell the West Point story through music. The group also provides musical support in a variety of military ceremonies, both at West Point and in the surrounding area. In addition to its military duties and chamber recitals, ​​Academy Brass performs at community events and education outreach at local schools.




Individual Member Biographies

Sgt. 1st Class Nicholas Caluori
Sergeant First Class Nicholas Caluori has been third horn with the West Point Band since 2006.  He began musical studies with his father before winning a youth fellowship with the National Symphony Orchestra. He earned a Bachelor of Music in Horn Performance from Florida State University as a student of William Capps, and a Master of Music in Horn Performance from Southern Methodist University as a student of Gregory Hustis. His principal teachers have also included Sylvia Alimena, Kevin Reid, and Edwin C. Thayer. 

Sgt. 1st Class Caluori has spent summers with the National Repertory Orchestra and National Orchestral Institute. He has also performed with the Dallas Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, and Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, and won second prize in the University Division of the 2005 International Horn Competition of America. Sgt. 1st Class Caluori is principal horn of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, and is also active in regional workshops.

Sgt. 1st Class Caluori is married to principal horn of the West Point Band and SMU alumna, Staff Sgt. Nicole Caluori. They maintain active lifestyles in music and health and fitness and are involved in many activities throughout the Hudson Valley. 
Staff Sgt. Andrew Garcia
Staff Sergeant Andrew Garcia joined the West Point Band as principal trumpet
in December 2010. He received his
Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in trumpet performance from the
Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Thomas Smith and Mark
Gould. While a student at the Manhattan School, Staff Sgt. Garcia traveled
extensively throughout the world. He has played in over a dozen countries
and in many differing capacities, including serving as the principal trumpet
of the Nice Festival Orchestra in Nice, France, and performing as a featured
soloist in the Royal Albert Hall in London. He has also played in various
ensembles in the New York area, including the New York City Ballet, the New
York Staff Band of the Salvation Army, and the New York Philharmonic.

In addition to performing, Staff Sgt. Garcia is an avid educator. He has
taught around the globe in such countries as Bolivia, Chile, India, Oman,
and many others. In 2005, he founded the Manhattan Citadel Music School in
Harlem, which provides a free, comprehensive musical education to 25
children from around the community. The music school and its students have
received numerous awards in musical excellence throughout the New York area,
has been featured in the New York Times, and its students have gone on to
matriculate into several performing arts schools for further musical study.
Staff Sgt. Keith Kile
Staff Sgt. Keith Kile, originally from Oak Ridge, Tennessee, joined the West Point Band in 2015.  Prior to joining the West Point Band, Staff Sgt. Kile performed regularly on both tuba and euphonium and appeared with The Mr. Jack Daniel's Original Silver Cornet Band, the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, the Hal Leonard Studio Ensemble, numerous collegiate orchestras and wind bands, and served in the 129th Army National Guard Band for eleven years. As a successful soloist, Staff Sgt. Kile was selected the winner of the prestigious Jacobs School of Music Concerto Competition – only the second euphoniumist to be awarded the prize in the history of the competition.  Staff Sgt. Kile holds a B.S. in Music Education from Tennessee Tech University, and a M.M. and P.D. from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, and is currently pursuing a D.M.A. at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.  His primary teachers include R. Winston Morris, Tim Northcut, and Dan Perantoni.
Staff Sgt. Philip Stehly
Staff Sergeant Philip Stehly joined the West Point Band in the summer of 2005. A native of Kansas City, he received a Bachelor of Music in trombone performance from Indiana University. While at Indiana, he was the principal trombonist of the Wind Ensemble under the direction of Ray Cramer. Staff Sgt. Stehly has also performed with the IU New Music Ensemble, IU Symphony Orchestras and the Bloomington Camerata. His principal teachers are Roger Oyster of the Kansas City Symphony, and Dee Stewart and Peter Ellefson of Indiana University.
Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Uhl
Sergeant First Class Bryan Uhl is from Danbury, Iowa and joined the West Point Band in November of 1997.  Originally a member of the field music group, he was lead trumpet player in the Jazz Knights and now plays in the Concert Band. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Iowa State University and a Master of Music from the University of North Texas. He plays regularly with the Westchester Broadway Theater Orchestra in Elmsford, New York and maintains an active freelance schedule throughout the Hudson Valley.
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