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US Army Band “Pershing’s Own” and
Washington Musical Pathways Initiative Chamber Concert

Friday, May 10, 2024 at 7 PM ET

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Strum | Jessie Montgomery

MSG Robert Martin, violin
Sofia Saucedo Sato, violin
SSG Becca Barnett, viola
Saúl Saucedo Sato, cello

Octet in E-flat Major, Opus 20 | Felix Mendelssohn

I. Allegro moderato ma con fuoco

SSG Patrick Lin, violin
Veronica Anzola, violin
SSG Charles Gleason, violin
Mika Inoue, violin
Jillian Carpenter, viola
SSG Austin Simmons, viola
MSG Benjamin Wensel, cello
Avril Graffe Droboniku, cello

Nonet in f minor, Opus 2 | Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

I. Allegro energico

SSG Audrey Yu, oboe
SSG Rebecca McFarland, clarinet
Alejandra Anzola, violin
SSG Erica Schwartz, viola
Ishaan Banerjee, cello
Jonathan Stiff, double bass
Oscar Machado, bassoon
Sky Yuzuki, French horn
Jamila Tekalli Hanner, piano

Song of the Black Swan | Heitor Villa-Lobos

Kenji Yokote, cello
Lea Kung, harp
SFC Nadia Pessoa, harp
Rishab Jain, percussion
SFC Grace Chin, percussion


The Washington Musical Pathways Initiative (WMPI) is a talent development program that prepares middle and high school musicians from historically excluded communities in classical music for entrance into competitive collegiate music programs. As a partnership between the DC Youth Orchestra Program, Levine Music, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the Kennedy Center, WMPI champions a collective approach to creating a more diverse and inclusive classical music world.

The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” has been the premier musical organization of the U.S. Army since 1922. Through their musical education, continual training, and masterful performance, these outstanding Soldiers truly embody the excellence that is found across America’s Army. There are currently seven official performing ensembles in the unit: The U.S. Army Concert Band, The U.S. Army Ceremonial Band, The U.S. Army Chorus, The U.S. Army Blues, The U.S. Army Band Downrange, The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, and The U.S. Army Strings.

Today, the musicians of this prestigious unit render musical honors on a regular basis for our Nation’s leaders, foreign dignitaries and heads of state, diplomats, and, of course, our veterans. Pershing’s Own also performs free public concerts throughout the year.