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Lt. Col. Tod Addison

Commander and Conductor

Lieutenant Colonel Tod Addison comes to the United States Military Academy Band at West Point, New York from the U.S. Army Forces Command at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, where he was the U.S. Army Forces Command Staff Bands Officer. Prior to that assignment, Lt. Col. Addison was the Deputy Commander and Orchestra Director at the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in Washington DC. 

Previous assignments include the United States Army School of Music in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he was School Company Commander, Director of Training and Officer Course Instructor. While at the Army School of Music, Lt. Col. Addison designed and instructed the first Band Commissioned Officer courses and was responsible for all other training including that of Army Band Soldiers’ Advanced Individual Training, Noncommissioned Officers and Warrant Officers for the entire Army Band Program. Lieutenant Colonel Addison also supervised the deconsolidation and complete redesign of Advanced Individual Training from a 65-year-old Navy course of instruction. Prior assignments include Commander, The United States Army Training and Doctrine Command Band; Deputy Commander of The United States Military Academy Band at West Point, New York; and Executive Officer of The Continental Army Band at Ft. Monroe, Virginia. 

Born in Washington DC to a Navy family, Lt. Col. Addison’s hometown is Mansfield, Ohio. Lt. Col. Addison attended Ashland University and was graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education from The Ohio State University. He continued his education with graduate work at both West Texas State University and East Carolina University, earning a Master of Music. Lt. Col. Addison was a student of Craig Kirchoff, Deborah Chodacki, Robert Spring, James Pyne, and Elizabeth Pastor. Prior to enlisting in the United States Army, Lt. Col. Addison was a public school music teacher for seven years in his adopted home state of North Carolina. In 1995, he joined the United States Army as a clarinet player and was assigned to the 399th Army Band at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. While at Fort Leonard Wood, he was selected as an Army Band Officer. In 1998, he completed Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Captain Richard Winkels

Deputy Commander

Captain Richard A. Winkels serves as the Deputy Commander of the United States Military Academy Band at West Point, New York.  A native of Red Wing, Minnesota and a third-generation Soldier, Captain Winkels previously served as the the senior U.S. Military music advisor for U.S. Army Central for Southwest Asia, stationed at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.  Captain Winkels’ military service has also included duties as the Commander of the 1st Armored Division Band, Fort Bliss, Texas; Associate Bandmaster and Officer in Charge of The U.S. Army Concert Band “Pershing’s Own”, Washington DC; Executive Officer of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Band, Fort Eustis, Virginia; United States Army Japan Band, Camp Zama, Japan; First Corps Army Band, Fort Lewis, Washington. 

In 2016, he deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation Inherent Resolve to serve as the Army Music Liaison Officer for U.S. Army Central (USARCENT) where he coordinated music throughout the region for troop entertainment and U.S. Embassies.   During his deployment CPT Winkels was able to establish and facilitate partnerships with foreign military bands and Embassies throughout the Middle East resulting in engagements in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Oman, and the U.A.E. 

As Commander of the 1st Armored Division Band, Captain Winkels was responsible for the execution of over 3,000 military and civilian events.  Captain Winkels was able to broaden the scope of the 1st Armored Division Band to strengthen and promote our national interests at home and abroad.  The band was successful in the deployment of three Music Performance Teams to support CENTCOM Forward-Jordan (CF-J) and Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) in Jordan and Kuwait from 2015-2016.  Among these deployments were key Military to Military musical engagements, diplomatic support to U.S. Embassies in Jordan and Kuwait, and musical support for the 25th Anniversary of the Liberation of Kuwait in downtown Kuwait City. 


While assigned as the Officer in Charge of The U.S. Army Concert Band in Washington DC, Captain Winkels arranged and produced performances on the national and international level for military and civilian leaders.  In October of 2012 he led The U.S. Army Concert Band in it’s historic Military to Military exchange with The Military Band of the People’s Liberation Army of China in efforts to build, sustain, and further friendship and cooperation for the future.  Other highlights while assigned to Pershing’s Own include performances for the Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama; the 2012 Norwegian Military Tattoo, Oslo, Norway; State Arrival Ceremonies on the South Lawn of the White House, “Spirit of America”, and wreath laying ceremonies at The Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery. 

Captain Winkels holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.  He began his career in military music in 2002 as a euphonium player prior to his selection as one of 25 commissioned officer conductors in the United States Army Band Program in September of 2007.  He was commissioned in March of 2008 after successful completion of Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia. He is a graduate of the Captains Career Course at the U.S. Army School of Music, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek - Fort Story, Virginia; the Basic Officer Leadership Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and the Army Band Officer Basic Course at the U.S. Army School of Music, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek - Fort Story, Virginia. 

His military decorations include: the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon.

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Michael J. Franz

Associate Bandmaster

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Michael J. Franz is a native of Los Alamos, New Mexico. He entered the Marine Corps in 1998, and attended Marine Corps Recruit Training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California. Hejoined the Army in 2006 after a short break in service, and attended Warrant OfficerCandidate School at Fort Rucker, Alabama in 2009. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Thomas Edison State College, New Jersey. 

His assignments include the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Band, 29 Palms, California, Navy School of Music, Little Creek, Virginia, Marine Forces Reserve Band, New Orleans, Louisiana, 3rd Infantry Division Band, Fort Stewart, Georgia, 77th Army Band, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and the 82nd Airborne Division Dand, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. His military education includes Marine Combat Training, Navy School of Music Basic Course, Navy/Marine Corps Drum Major and Enlisted Conductor Course,Marine Corps SNCO Academy, Warrior Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, Warrant Officer Candidate School, Warrant Officer Basic Course, Warrant Officer Advanced Course, Basic Airborne Course, Marine Corps Martial Arts Program First Degree Black Belt, Small Arms Master Gunner Course, Combat Lifesavers Course, and Equal Opportunity Leaders Course. 

His military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal with bronze star, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCOPD Ribbon with 2 device, Basic Parachutist Badge, the Danish Contingency Medal, and the Honorable Order of St Barbara.

Command Sergeant Major James Mullins

Band Command Sergeant Major

Command Sergeant Major James Mullins was appointed as the second Command Sergeant Major for the West Point Band in August 2013. Originally from Florence, Alabama, he enlisted in the Army in 1986. After attending the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia, and continuing his first enlistment with the 392nd Army Band at Fort Lee, Virginia, CSM Mullins attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in 1993. He then attended the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University where he was awarded a Master of Music in 1995. 

CSM Mullins returned to military service in 1995 by joining the Army Ground Forces Band at Ft. McPherson in Atlanta, Georgia as Principal Oboist. He then joined the West Point Band in 1996 as the Assistant Principal Oboe and Solo English Horn. He has served in numerous leadership positions with the West Point Band, including Woodwind Group Leader and Administrative NCOIC.  In 2008, he became the Concert Band NCOIC and was assigned to serve as Family and Support Division Sergeant Major. 

CSM Mullins served as principal oboe in the concert band from 2002 to 2010, during which time he has performed throughout the country with the West Point Band. He also served as the oboist with the Academy Wind Quintet from 1996 to 2013, performing recitals for diverse audiences from coast to coast. 

CSM Mullins has continued to further his military education and training, including attending Pre-Command and Command Sergeants Major Course at Fort Leavenworth in 2013; graduating from Air Assault School in 2014; and completing Equal Opportunity Leaders Course and Lean Six Sigma training in 2016.

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