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West Point Tuba Quartet
About the Tuba Quartet  ¦  Individual Member Biographies

The West Point Tuba Quartet is one of several chamber ensembles comprising members of the West Point Band at West Point, New York. The quartet was formed in 1988 with the purpose of expanding public awareness of the solo capacity and flexibility of low brass instruments, and performing the ever-expanding repertoire of tuba ensemble music.

With music ranging from Renaissance madrigals to ragtime tunes, from marches to original tuba compositions, the quartet has entertained and delighted audiences with the lush, harmonious sounds emanating from these instruments. The Woodstock Times called the group, "An ensemble... virtuosic in line and tone."

The quartet has performed at such prestigious events as the U.S. Army Band's Tuba-Euphonium Conference at Ft. Meyer, Virginia in 1989 and 1994 and at the Eastern National T.U.B.A. Conference in Washington, DC in 1989.

Each musician of the quartet had a rich and varied background of performance and academic experience prior to his selection, through personal audition, for duty with the famed West Point Band. Each member of the ensemble serves as active-duty Army bandsman with the West Point Concert and Marching Bands. The West Point Tuba Quartet is representative of the high quality of music in the U.S. Army today.

Individual Member Biographies

Sgt. 1st Class Jason Ham
Sergeant First Class Jason D. Ham is among a new generation of musicians appearing on the American military band scene. A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Jason began his studies as a student of Ronald Davis.  After multiple appearances in the South Carolina All-State Bands, he attended the University of Georgia, where he studied with the late David Randolph, Ken Kroesche and David Zerkel. In 2001, Jason graduated from UGA, obtaining degrees in both Music Education and Music Performance.

While at UGA, Jason was an active competitor on the euphonium, winning the Atlanta Brass Society Solo Competition, the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition and the Solo Euphonium Artist Competition at the 2001 International Tuba and Euphonium Conference (ITEC) in Lahti, Finland. He has placed in the MTNA Collegiate Brass Competition, the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Competition, the International Philip Jones Competition and the Tuba Quartet Competition at the 2000 ITEC, held in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

In 1995, Jason attended the summer session of the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities (SCGSAH) in Greenville, South Carolina, where he was an honors recitalist, guest conductor of the Governor's School Orchestra and the recipient of the school's highest award, the Callie S. Rainey Award. From 1996 to 2001, Jason served on the faculty of the SCGSAH, culminating as the Vice Principal for the Summer Program. Now advising similar programs in the northeastern United States, he remains an outspoken supporter of the school, which is now a nine-month residential academy for gifted and talented students in South Carolina.

Since entering the West Point Band in 2002, Jason has maintained an active performance schedule, both in and out of the band. In 2003, he performed and presented master classes at tuba-euphonium conferences, colleges and universities, and several music festivals, including the Hudson River Regional Festival and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, USA, held in Charleston, South Carolina.
Staff Sgt. Rachel Hertzberg
Staff Sergeant Rachel Hertzberg, originally from Montvale, New Jersey, joined the West Point Band in January of 2010. She earned her Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University, where she studied with Rex Martin. She subsequently attended Arizona State University, where she studied with Sam Pilafian, earning her Master of Music in tuba performance. Staff Sgt. Hertzberg has attended various summer music festivals, including the Aspen Summer Music Festival & Institute, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.

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.
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