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Listen to the West Point Woodwind Quintent  ¦  Individual Member Biographies

The West Point Woodwind Quintet of the West Point Band is made up of members of the Concert Band. The group performs at many different events, such as military social functions, school presentations and formal recitals.West Point Woodwind Quintet photo

The West Point Woodwind Quintet has supported the United States Recruiting Command with tours of high schools and colleges to promote Army bands and audition prospective candidates.

These tours have taken the quintet to Connecticut, Pennsylvania, North Dakota, New Jersey and Florida.

In support of military requirements, the quintet has entertained the United States Corps of Cadets and performed for many visiting dignitaries and heads of state. These performances have included annual receptions hosted by the Superintendent of the United States Military Academy, Presidential receptions in New York City, and the 40th Anniversary of the United Nations.

Outside the realm of the military, residents of local communities have regularly enjoyed the quintet on recitals as part of the Academy Band's chamber music series. The West Point Woodwind Quintet has been a staple ensemble for many years, and continues to be an important musical emissary of the West Point Band and the United States Army.

Listen to the West Point Woodwind Quintet with SSG Yalin Chi, Piano

Francis Poulenc, Sextet for Wind Quintet and Piano in C

  1. Allegro Vivace - Tres vite et emporte
  2. Andantino - Divertissement
  3. Finale - Prestissimo

Individual Member Biographies

  
  
Biography
Staff Sgt. Nicole Caluori
Horn
Staff Sergeant Nicole Caluori, a native of Coral Springs, Florida, joined the West Point Band in 2009. She began her undergraduate studies at Florida State University and completed her Bachelor of Music in Horn Performance at Southern Methodist University as a student of Gregory Hustis. Her principal teachers have also included William Capps, Dwayne Dixon, and Kevin Reid.

Staff Sgt. Caluori spent summers at music festivals such as the National Repertory Orchestra, the Tanglewood Music Center and the Sarasota Music Festival. She is Third Horn of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and has also performed with the New World Symphony and Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
 
Sgt. 1st Class Sam Kaestner
Clarinet
Sergeant First Class Sam Kaestner has been a member of the West Point Band since 2002. Since joining the band, he has performed with the New York Philharmonic in Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, at the Dallas Symphony’s Meyerson Symphony Hall, as well as at other venues throughout the country. He has participated in recitals at the Juilliard School, the University of Southern California, the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, the Potsdam Clarinet Summit, and at West Point. In 2009, he performed a recital with Toronto Symphony bassoonist Sam Banks at Butler University that commemorated the 200th anniversary of Felix Mendelssohn’s birth. Within the band, he is a member of the West Point Woodwind Quintet and the Gray Line Clarinet Quartet. Both groups can be heard for free in the “Listening Room” section of the band’s website, www.westpoint.edu/band.  Prior to joining the band, he attended the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University where he was a student of Edward Palanker and Anthony Gigliotti, and Northwestern University where he was a student of J. Lawrie Bloom.
 
Staff Sgt. Anna Pennington
Oboe
Staff Sergeant Anna Pennington, oboe and English horn, joined the West Point Band in 2011. Since 2007, she was the Assistant Professor of Oboe at the University of Southern Mississippi School of Music, and she performed as a member of the Mobile, Pensacola, and Gulf Coast Symphonies. She also toured extensively with Category 5, the faculty wind quintet in residence at the university. In addition to being a former member of the Planets, a classical fusion ensemble, Anna has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Jacksonville Symphony (FL), the Florida Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony (SC), and the Florida West Coast Symphony (now Sarasota Orchestra). Festival appearances include the New Texas Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Victoria Bach Festival, and the Salzburger Festspiele.

Anna has given recitals and master classes at universities throughout the United States, Venezuela, and Brazil, and also has made appearances on National Public Radio, at Carnegie Hall, and at Avery Fisher Hall, among other international venues. She appeared as a soloist with the Florida State University Symphony in 2005. She also has been involved in numerous recording projects.

A Texas native, Anna holds a Doctor of Music from the Florida State University, a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Texas. Her teachers have included Eric Ohlsson, Joseph Robinson, John Snow, and Beth Sanders.
 
Staff Sgt. Megan Szymanski
Flute
Staff Sergeant Megan Szymanski joined the West Point Band in March of 2011. Prior her arrival, she lived in New York City as a Kenan Fellow at the Lincoln Center Institute. While in New York, she won second prize in the Alexander and Buono International Flute Competition. Staff Sgt. Szymanski earned her Bachelor of Music, magna cum laude, from The University of Central Florida in 2008, and won the Presser Scholar Award there. She graduated in 2010 with a Master of Music from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she won the concerto competition in 2009, as well as an award for excellence as a studio teaching assistant in Tadeu Coelho’s flute studio. She was the 2008 winner of the Florida Flute Association Young Artist Competition  and has performed with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Brevard Symphony Orchestra, and Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra.
 
Master Sgt. Glenn West
Bassoon
Master Sergeant Glenn West, of Spokane, WA, joined the West Point Band in September of 2004. Glenn's previous military service includes duty with the 323rd Army Band in San Antonio, TX, the USARUER Band and Chorus in Heidelberg, Germany and the Air National Guard Band of the Northwest in Spokane, WA. A graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Master of Music degree, Glenn studied bassoon with Dr. Wendal Jones (Spokane Symphony), Charles Ullery (St. Paul Chamber Orchestra) and Sharon Kuster (San Antonio Symphony). He has performed with the San Antonio Symphony, La Orquesta Sinfónica De La Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico, the Spokane Symphony and the Winter's Chamber Orchestra as well as chamber music with the Mozart Octet of Spokane, WA and the Faculty Woodwind Quintets at the University of Texas, San Antonio and Washington State University. Glenn performs in the West Point Concert Band and the West Point Woodwind Quintet.
 
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