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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

  
  
Biography
Staff Sgt. Rachel Hertzberg
Tuba
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
Tuba
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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