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West Point Trombone Ensemble
About the Trombone Ensemble  ¦  Individual Member Biographies

West Point Trombone EnsembleThe West Point Trombone Ensemble was formed in October of 2005. It is comprised of members of the West Point Concert Band and Jazz Knights. The West Point Trombone Ensemble exhibits a diversity of talents by performing a variety of trombone ensemble repertoire - from classical to jazz, duets to large ensemble works.







Individual Member Biographies

Staff Sgt. Alaina Alster
Staff Sergeant Alaina Alster recently joined the West Point Band in October of 2013. Originally from Long Island, NY, she earned her Bachelor of Music in both trombone and euphonium performance from the University of Michigan and her Master of Music in trombone performance from the Manhattan School of Music. Prior to joining the West Point Band, Staff Sgt. Alster was an active freelance musician in New York City where she enjoyed a career performing a wide range of musical genres. She continues to perform with ensembles outside of West Point, specifically as a member of PitchBlak Brass Band, a ten piece hip-hop brass band based out of Brooklyn, NY. Staff Sgt. Alster is also a music educator and has worked as a teaching artist for the Phil Ramone Orchestra for Children, as well as a private music instructor.
Staff Sgt. Barry Cooper
Originally from Jacksonville, FL, Staff Sgt. Cooper moved to New York shortly after graduating high school to attend the New School University, where he studied under jazz master Benny Powell. Shortly thereafter, Staff Sgt. Cooper became a regular touring member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra, performed on Sunday nights at Birdland with the Chico O’Farrill Afro Cuban Orchestra, and had many other performances with other bands around New York City. Clark Terry was also very helpful to Staff Sgt. Cooper, inviting him to perform with a very young band he put together called “The Young Titans of Jazz.” Terry invited him to record in Bern, Switzerland, as well as a live DVD in Birdland in New York City. While on tour with Clark in Switzerland, Staff Sgt. Cooper met the members of the Count Basie Orchestra and was invited to join. Since then, Staff Sgt. Cooper has performed all over the world, playing in concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, and Bunkyo Civic Hall in Japan. He has played with Tony Bennett, Nancy Wilson, Dianne Reeves, Liz Wright, Dianne Schuur, Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices, Jon Hendricks, and the Charles Tolliver Orchestra, to name a few.
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. Major Matthew Wozniak
Sergeant Major Matthew Wozniak, from Toledo, Ohio, has served as the bass trombonist of the West Point Band since November of 1997.  He attended the Eastman School of Music, earning a Bachelor of Music in music theory, a Master of Music in performance and literature and a Master of Arts in music theory pedagogy. In 1999 and 2001, he was a featured performer at the Joe Alessi trombone seminars and twice finished runner-up in the Eastern Trombone Workshop’s International Solo Competition. Sgt. Major Wozniak has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and the Eastman Wind Ensemble.
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