At some point in your life, you may have heard the myth, or even thought it yourself, that being a musician was wimpy or geekish.
Nothing wimpy about band leader and mandolin player, Master Sergeant John Lamirande, of Baldwinsville, New York. He attended Cameron University and joined the Army in July 1986 as an electric bass player, and graduated from the Little Creek Naval School of Music in March of 1987. MSG Lamirande was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division Band, and was a charter member of the band when the Division was re-activated in 1987. He served on a variety of instruments, including guitar, piano, bass, and vocals. He has also been assigned to the 18th Army Band at Fort Devens, Massachusetts, the 98th Division Band in Rochester, New York, the 77th Army Band at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and the 1st Armored Division Band in Bad Kreuznach, Germany. Since 2001, he has been an audio engineer for The U.S. Army Field Band, serving with the Concert Band, Soldiers’ Chorus, and The Volunteers. MSG Lamirande remains active in his community coaching various children’s sports, as a youth choir director/accompanist, and as a composer.
Sergeant First Class Thomas Lindsey, banjo, is originally from Daytona Beach, Florida. Prior to joining The U.S. Army Field Band, he served as guitarist with the 9th Army Band at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, the 3rd ID Band at Fort Stewart, Georgia, and the 76th Army Band in Kaiserslautem, Germany. SFC Lindsey has toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe, performing with such musicians as Charlie Daniels, Martina McBride, and The Platters.
Staff Sergeant John Brandon Boron, guitar, holds a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in Sound Recording Technology from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. SSG Boron has toured extensively throughout Europe with the United States Army Europe Band and Chorus (Heidelberg, Germany), and deployed to Iraq in 2010 with the 1st Armored Division Band (Wiesbaden, Germany). SSG Boron also toured with the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe International Band (Mons, Belgium), with notable performances at the Guinness Jazz Festival (Cork, Ireland), the Chateau de Versailles (Versailles, France), and the Auditorium de Rainier III. SSG Boron joined The U.S. Army Field Band in 2013.
Sergeant First Class Glenn Robertson, bass, is originally from Spencer, Massachusetts. Before joining The Volunteers, he had the privilege of opening for and sharing concert bills with such diverse acts as John Mayer, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, George Clinton, Soulive, Martin Sexton, Colbie Caillat, Dave Barnes, Brett Dennen, and DJ Logic. SFC Robertson's career has included appearances at venues ranging from the Montreal and Norwalk Jazz Festivals to the Hammerstein Ballroom and New York City's famous CBGB club. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he studied with Thom Hannum, Bob Gulloti, Jeff Holmes, and Eduardo Leandro.
We think our military musicians represent the best of humanity in our soldiers and we appreciate their service, sacrifice, and ability to unite through music.
Wreaths Across America hopes you'll join us, and the Six Strings Soldiers July 23rd as we pay tribute our military at the Rally At Balsam Valley!