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THE UNITED STATES ARMY HERALD TRUMPETS is the official fanfare ensemble for the President of the United States. Founded in 1959, The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets' inaugural performance welcomed Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II to Chicago for the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway and in the ensuing years has performed for an illustrious array of presidents, prime ministers and royalty at the White House and abroad.
The Army Herald Trumpets has performed in the opening ceremonies for all Summer and Winter Olympic Games held in the U.S. since 1980 as well as nationally and internationally televised events such as Super Bowl XXXIX, “A Capitol Fourth,” and “Christmas in Washington.”
The Army Herald Trumpets has been featured with ensembles from around the world including the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Boston Pops, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
LIEUTENANT COLONEL TONY W. CASON serves as deputy commander of The U.S. Army Band as well as conductor of The U.S. Army Orchestra, The U.S. Army Strings, and The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets. Lt. Col. Cason received a Bachelor of Music degree from Memphis University and a Master of Music degree from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Lt. Col. Cason performed professionally with the Memphis Symphony, the Memphis Opera Theatre Orchestra, and the San Francisco Peninsula Orchestra. He made numerous recordings with major record companies and performed with Pablo Casals, James McCracken, Elvis Presley, Duke Ellington, and others. Lt. Col. Cason has been a faculty member at Arkansas State University and served for seven years as section leader and French horn soloist with the Jazz Ambassadors of the U.S. Army Field Band in Washington, D.C.
Lt. Col. Cason's previous assignments have included commander of the U.S. Army Ground Forces Band in Atlanta, Georgia; staff band officer at Fifth U.S. Army in San Antonio, Texas; director of Evaluation and Standardization at the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia; and commander of the Sixth U.S. Army Band in San Francisco, California. Since his arrival at The Army Band, Lt. Col. Cason has also served as executive officer and director of The Army Chorale. His military awards include five awards of the Meritorious Service Medal.