Chamberlain woman member of "Pershing's Own" US Army Band
The newest hire at the prestigious United States Army Band "Pershing's Own" in Washington, D.C., is Chamberlain native Sgt. Robin (Carlson) Felt.
She is one of only two music librarians to support a unit of more than 250 soldiers that perform at many venues, including the White House garden, the Capitol steps and in Arlington National Cemetery.
The United States Army Band, known as TUSAB, is the sole military organization responsible for verifying and supplying national anthems to civilian and joint forces performance groups in America. In addition to carrying out the day-to-day library procedures of gathering and preparing music for rehearsals and performances, Felt serves as TUSAB's licensing authority, navigating the tricky waters of music copyright law.
Felt was a vocal and instrumental music education major at Northern State University in Aberdeen, graduating magna cum laude in 2007. She spent a summer playing horn in Italy and earned her master's degree in horn performance at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.
A month after completing her graduate work, she joined the Army to play the horn professionally.
The vacancy for the highly sought-after position with the U.S. Army Band was posted in April and, after a thorough application process, Felt was one of six soldiers chosen for a preliminary interview.
She advanced to the final round—a full day of working with and being interviewed by the musicians and staff of the prominent, high-tempo group. The following morning, Felt was offered and accepted the position. Upon being assigned to TUSAB, she will be promoted to the rank of staff sergeant.
Her tenure at TUSAB is preceded by a year as librarian at The United States Army School of Music in Virginia Beach, where she directed all aspects of USASOM music preparation, developed a comprehensive cataloging system, increased accountability of library holdings and was the junior-most content area standard holder for the school's 2015 accreditation. She was also chosen to supplement the horn section of The United States Army Field Band, the Army's premiere touring musical representative, on their 2014 summer tour, reaching an audience of more than 40,000 people.
At her previous assignment at the Training and Doctrine Command Band, Felt served as horn section leader, load crew non-commissioned officer in charge, vocalist and human resources NCO. She created and submitted a video compilation of her woodwind quintet, the TRADOC Winds, and won a popular vote from Army musicians across the world, earning the group the title of Music Performance Team of the Year.
Felt has been a clinician and performer at conferences, including the Western U.S. Horn Symposium and South Dakota Bandmasters Convention.
Her husband is Sgt. Zered Felt, a vocal and music education graduate from NSU, who now serves as a satellite communications expert at Fort Belvoir, Va.