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Whether arrayed on the balcony of The White House hailing the arrival of visiting dignitaries from around the world or providing a thrilling climax to a concert, THE U.S. ARMY HERALD TRUMPETS are one of the most spectacular performing groups in America.
Since their establishment in 1959, The Herald Trumpets have performed on numerous historical occasions. Their first official performance welcomed Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II to America for the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway. In the ensuing years they have performed for an illustrious array of presidents, prime ministers, and royalty. The heralds performed fanfares during the opening ceremonies for the 2002 Winter Olympics at Salt Lake City, Utah and the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. Their appearances at several World's Fairs, the opening of Walt Disney World, opening ceremonies for the 1980 Winter Olympic Games at Lake Placid and the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, and for the Economic Summits in 1984 and 1990, were critically acclaimed.
The Army Herald Trumpets were viewed by millions worldwide while performing at the televised relighting of the Statue of Liberty and at the annual national holiday celebrations "A Capitol Fourth" and "Christmas in Washington."
The trumpets heralded the arrival of all foreign leaders for the ceremonies commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations in San Francisco, New York City, and Washington, D.C.
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.