The U.S. Army Field Band welcomes a new commander

By Jonathan E. Agee
The U.S. Army Field Band

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Lt. Col. Paul Bamonte, Commander The U.S. Army Field Band, speaks about his enthusiasm and pride in the Army Field Band after assuming command from Col. Timothy Holtan, Dec. 8, during a ceremony on Fort Meade.
FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. -- Lt. Col. Paul Bamonte assumed command of The United States Army Field Band from Col. Timothy Holtan during a ceremony Dec. 8, at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.

“It is apparent and obvious that the Field Band has evolved significantly in the last decade, continuing to provide a strategic service to our stakeholders, both across America and our senior military leaders,” said Bamonte. “If the Holiday Concert at the Meyerhoff last night [Dec. 7] is evidence of the unbelievable quality of this organization, across all components; my wife Janny and I are absolutely thrilled to be part of this amazing team and family.”

Holtan served as the band’s commander for three years and will assume command of The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” on Dec. 12. Holtan will be the 11th commander of the unit and the first officer to command three of the Army’s premier bands.

Bamonte, a native of Washington, D.C., will command The U.S. Army Field Band until January 23, at which time Lt. Col. Jim Keene will assume command and Bamonte will serve as the deputy commander.

Bamonte’s previous assignment was at the United States Army School of Music, Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he served as deputy commandant. Before that, he served as the Army Music Liaison Officer for Southwest Asia, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, where he performed as the senior U.S. Military music advisor for U.S. Army Central Command.

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