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Col. Hamilton Outstanding Military Musician Award recipients announced today

By Jonathan E. Agee
The United States Army Field Band

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Staff Sgt. Lauren K. Veronie, The U.S. Army Field Band euphonium player, is awarded the Col. Finley R. Hamilton Outstanding Military Musician Award, by Col. Timothy Holtan, commander and conductor of the Army Field Band
FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. -- Recipients of the Col. Finley R. Hamilton Outstanding Military Musician Award were released today on the Army Bands’ website http://bit.ly/yZcGtt

A total of 39 recipients, up 27 from the previous year, were recognized for the award that acknowledges U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard enlisted musicians, and honors the memory of retired Col. Finley R. Hamilton, U.S. Army, who succumbed to cancer while serving as president of the National Band Association.

“I'm pleased to see it expand from last year's 12 awardees to 39 this year,” said Col. Timothy Holtan, commander and conductor of The United States Army Field Band. “It shows that more leaders are learning about this award program.”

Staff Sgt. Lauren Veronie, euphonium player for the Army Field Band, was awarded this year for her outstanding musical and leadership excellence. “I am humbled and grateful to receive the Col. Finley Hamilton Award,” said Veronie. “This honor is special because it represents the legacy of a man who is truly a legend of the band world. Colonel Hamilton was a tireless advocate for music and the Soldiers who served under him. I joined The U.S. Army Field Band shortly after Col. Hamilton's retirement. I remember him best as a smiling visitor to our rehearsals and a patron of many local concerts. Even near the end of his life, Col. Hamilton continued to be an enthusiastic supporter of military music. I aspire every day to represent my field with such dedication and enthusiasm.”

For senior leaders planning to nominate an outstanding musician in 2012, Holtan explains there are certain qualities to consider. “The award considerations are two-fold; first is for outstanding musical excellence, and the second acknowledges leadership potential,” said Holtan. “These Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coastguardsmen epitomize the qualities that others should aspire to emulate.”

Each U.S. armed forces band may nominate one enlisted musician per calendar year. This year’s nomination form and eligibility requirements can be found on the Col. Hamilton Award website http://bit.ly/y5fnaK. All nominations must be received by Dec. 1.

The Finley R. Hamilton Outstanding Military Musician Award is awarded in honor of Col. Finley R. Hamilton who served 35 years in the Army Band Program and retired from service as the commander and conductor of The United States Army Field Band. The award captures Col. Hamilton’s dedication to the musicians of the armed forces and his tireless championing of outstanding musician leaders in service bands from all branches.


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