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

By Jonathan Agee
The U.S. Army Field Band

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Lt. Col. Jim Keene addresses the audience during his assumption of command ceremony, Jan. 23 at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, commander Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region The U.S. Army Military District of Washington, hosted the ceremony that had approximately 175 people in attendance. Keene will now serve as the commander and conductor of The United States Army Field Band, the premier touring musical representative for the United States Army.
FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. -- Lt. Col. Jim Keene assumed command of The United States Army Field Band from Lt. Col. Paul Bamonte during a ceremony Jan. 23, at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.

“I am thankful that the Army continues to support this tremendous organization's mission to take the story of our Army and our nation's history to the people of this great nation,” said Keene. “This organization is uniquely structured to provide world-class performances around the country and around the world. I am honored to work with such a phenomenal organization.”

Keene, an Albuquerque, New Mexico native, most recently served as leader and Commander of the United States Military Academy Band at West Point, New York. Prior to that, he served as Commandant of the Army School of Music.

Bamonte served as the Army Field Band’s interim commander for a more than a month while Keene made the transition from West Point.

Keene holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of New Mexico and a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. He is a violinist, fiddler, pianist, accompanist, and songwriter.

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