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.
Major Treg Ancelet, a native of Houma, Louisiana, currently serves as Deputy Commander and Associate Conductor of The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own.” He serves as director of both The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, the official fanfare ensemble for the President of the United States, and The U.S. Army Ceremonial Band.
MAJ Ancelet holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, and a Masters of Music in Instrumental Conducting from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where he studied with Professor Anthony Maiello and served as assistant director of its Wind Ensemble.
He served as the Army Forces Central Command (ARCENT) Band Liaison Officer stationed at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait in 2013. While there, he engaged in military relations with bands in Middle Eastern nations including Kuwait and Qatar, while also forming relations with newly organized military bands in Afghanistan.
In 2012, MAJ Ancelet was assigned to the 57th Presidential Inauguration, where he served on the Ceremonial and Special Events Office Staff where he coordinated the entertainment for numerous inaugural balls and events.
From 2005 to 2009, MAJ Ancelet served as deputy commander of The United States Military Academy Band at West Point, New York, where he led ceremonies with the “Long Grey” line on their famous parade field. Also, he directed the band at funerals for some of the country’s most recognized generals, and conducted concerts at Trophy Point overlooking the Hudson River. He says that he is most proud of having led the Army Fight Song as the Black Knights football team charged into the stadium for Army-Navy games.
Under MAJ Ancelet’s direction, several Army Band ensembles have performed with Broadway legends such as Tony Award-winning vocalist Lea Salonga (Aladin, Miss Saigon, Mulan), composer/lyricist Charles Strouse (Annie, Bye Bye Birdie), soprano Marni Nixon (West Side Story, King and I, My Fair Lady, Sound of Music), and the New York Philharmonic. He has conducted in an eclectic array of venues—from the White House to the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus—as well as at sporting events for Major League Baseball, the NFL, and NASCAR.
His other assignments include serving as Commander, United States Army Forces Command Band; Staff Bands Officer, United States Army Forces Command; Executive Officer and Associate Conductor of The United States Army Training and Doctrine Command Band; Executive Officer of the Advanced Individual Training (AIT) Company, United States Army School of Music.