THE 3-MINUTE INTERVIEW: Sgt. 1st Class Ward Yager

People,Hayley Peterson

Yager is a member of the U.S. Army Field Band, which is performing a free concert Monday at the University of Maryland.

What is the U.S. Army Field Band?

The U.S. Army Field Band is one of the military's premier musical ensembles. Stationed at Fort Meade, our primary mission is to carry into the grass roots of America the Army's story and share its traditions and achievements with the American people. We travel over 100 days annually, giving us the title "The Musical Ambassadors of the Army."

Tell me about the event this Monday.

The Army Field Band Chamber Music Series is collaborating with the University of Maryland School of Music to present a concert of music by Igor Stravinsky at 8 p.m. in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Dr. Michael Votta, professor of music, will guest conduct, and the University of Maryland Chamber Singers will join members of our Concert Band and Soldiers' Chorus as we perform some of Stravinsky's most well-known music for winds and voice.

What is your role in the U.S. Army Field Band? How did you become involved?

My primary duty is to play trumpet in the Concert Band. I also have several secondary responsibilities, including leader of the Army Field Band Chamber Music Series. I joined in 2004, after finishing my master's degree at the University of North Texas. I saw the trumpet vacancy notice, took the audition and was lucky enough to win the job.

How has the Army Field Bandimpacted your life?

My father is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, so I'm extremely proud to continue a tradition of service, and the Army Field Band allows me to do this through music. We are soldiers representing soldiers. We want the American people to have a firsthand experience with the talent, professionalism and duty that runs deep within the U.S. Army. Our fellow soldiers deserve this recognition for the sacrifices they make.

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