Sergeant Major Susan Davidson is from Kokomo, Indiana, and joined the West Point Band in September of 1997. Since 2007, she has headed the operations section. She previously served as second and fourth horn in the band and performed in several chamber ensembles. Before coming to West Point, she played principal with the Frankfurt (V Corps) and Heidelberg (USAEUR) Army Bands and with various community orchestras in Germany. Sgt. Major Davidson received a Master of Music in performance from Ithaca College and bachelor’s degrees in music education and performance from Ball State University.
Sergeant Major Adam P. Hefflefinger is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Florida. In 1985, Sgt. Major Hefflefinger enlisted in the Army and completed Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He attended Advanced Individual Training at the Armed Forces School of Music at Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base, Norfolk, Virginia. Sgt. Major Hefflefinger’s duty assignments include the 113th Army Band, Fort Knox, Kentucky; 8th Army Band, Seoul, South Korea; 283rd Army Band, Fort Benning, Georgia; 82nd Airborne Division Band, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; 76th Army Band, Wiesbaden and Mannheim, Germany; U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band, Fort Monroe, Virginia; 399th Army Band, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; 1st Armored Division Band, Wiesbaden, Germany; Interim Sergeant Major of the USAREUR Band and Chorus, Heidelberg, Germany; and the 56th Army Band, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.
Sgt. Major Hefflefinger’s military education includes the Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Airborne School, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Advanced Airborne School, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course (Distinguished Honor Graduate), the First Sergeant’s Course, and the Sergeants Major Academy Class 63. Sgt. Major Hefflefinger holds an associate’s degree from Central Texas College, a bachelor’s degree from Thomas Edison State College, and a Master of Arts in leadership from Duquesne University.
Sgt. Major Hefflefinger’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (1 OLC), the Meritorious Service Medal (1 Silver OLC and 1 Bronze OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (9th Award), National Defense Service Medal with bronze star, the Korean Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (3 campaign stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Services Medal with bronze star, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Army Superior Unit Award, The Meritorious Unit Award, and the Senior Parachutist Badge.
Sgt. Major Hefflefinger is married to the former Katarzyna Kozlowska and they have two daughters, Zofia and Natalia.
Sgt. Major Denver Dill joined the West Point Band in 2004 while serving as a doctoral teaching assistant at the Eastman School of Music. He holds a master’s degree from the Juilliard School and an undergraduate degree from Eastern Kentucky University. As a soloist, Sgt. Major Dill has been a prizewinner and competitor in several competitions, including the 2000 Maurice Andre International Trumpet Competition in France, 2002 Tromp Muziek Biennale International Trumpet Competition in the Netherlands, and the 2001-2003 National Trumpet Competitions in the United States. Frequently in demand for his interpretations of contemporary trumpet literature and lectures on overcoming physical limitations on the trumpet, Sgt. Major Dill has performed all over the globe on behalf of several well-known institutions, including the Aspen Music Festival, the International Trumpet Guild, the Juilliard School, the New York Philharmonic, and numerous other colleges, universities, festivals, and conventions. Sgt. Major Dill maintains a busy schedule as a bugler, a soloist, and an orchestral musician in the New York Metropolitan and Hudson Valley areas. He has appeared as both a soloist and a substitute principal trumpet player with the New York Philharmonic. Beyond his musical pursuits, Sgt. Major Dill assists the Systems Engineering Department at West Point. He frequently mentors cadets with capstone projects and assists with process improvements throughout West Point, the Army Band Program, and the Army at large.
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Master Sergeant Shane Pettit, from Easton, Pennsylvania, joined the West Point Band in September of 2007. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in tuba performance from Temple University. Prior to joining the Army Band Program, Master Sgt. Pettit was an active freelance tubist as well as a full-time repair technician in the Philadelphia area. He apprenticed under Ed Coles of Regional Music Service in Millville, New Jersey, and was a journeyman repair technician under Bret Gustafson of Gustafson Music in Philadelphia. Prior to joining the West Point Band, Master Sgt. Pettit served with the 2nd Infantry Division Band in Korea and was also an instrument repair technician at the Armed Forces School of Music, Little Creek, Virginia. He most recently served as tuba instructor at the Armed Forces School of Music.
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Sergeant First Class Brandie Lane of Columbia, South Carolina, joined the West Point Band in October of 2010. She earned a Bachelor of Science in music engineering technology from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. Prior to joining the band, Sgt. 1st Class Lane served as head audio engineer at Grammy Award-winning Sono Luminus, a record label in Northern Virginia specializing in classical and jazz music. Her accolades include a Grammy Award for "Best Engineered Album – Classical," engineering and mastering credits on multiple Grammy-nominated albums, an "Award of Excellence" from the Audio Engineering High Resolution Recording Competition, and a Downbeat Award for "Best Engineering for a Live Recording." Sgt. 1st Class Lane's professional affiliations include membership with the Audio Engineering Society and The Recording Academy (Producers and Engineers Wing).
Staff Sergeant Ehrin Anthony joined the West Point Band in August of 2014. He previously served as the NCOIC of supply at the U.S. Army School of Music. Staff Sgt. Anthony has also served as a percussionist with the 9th Army Band in Fairbanks, Alaska, and the U.S. Army Signal Corps Band in Augusta, Georgia.
Staff Sergeant Chrissy Rivers joined the West Point Band in September of 2010. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Prior to joining the West Point Band, Staff Sgt. Rivers studied with designers such as James Victore, Paul Sahre, and Joe Marianek. She also interned at Billboard Magazine and Knopf Publishing. In 2009, she created a stress-relieving event called “Play Day,” which received press from Time Out New York, Gothamist, 101.9 RXP, and various other New York media outlets. She has freelanced as a designer for local musicians and as a web designer.
Staff Sergeant Noah D. Taylor of Columbus, Ohio, joined the West Point Band in May of 2015. He previously served as Music Arranger and NCOIC of Sound, Staging, and Lighting at the 113th Army Band "Dragoons" in Fort Knox, Kentucky. Staff Sgt. Taylor also served as a trombone player with the 323d Army Band "Fort Sam's Own" at Fort Sam Houston.
Staff Sgt. Taylor is an accomplished composer whose works have been internationally published and performed. Staff Sgt. Taylor graduated with a Master of Music in composition from Bowling Green State University and a Bachelor of Music in composition from the Capital University Conservatory of Music.