Sgt. 1st Class Nicholas Caluori


Summa cum laude with a BM from Florida State University as a student of Dr. William Capps.  MM from Southern Methodist University (SMU) as a student of Mr. Gregory Hustis (Principal Emeritus Horn of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra).  Second prize winner of the University Division of the 2005 International Horn Competition of America.  National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, extra with Dallas Symphony Orchestra.  Currently: sub with Albany Symphony Orchestra and Principal Horn of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, and adjunct faculty at Marist College (Brass Instruction)

Teachers: Gregory Hustis, Dr. William Capps, Edwin C. Thayer, Sylvia Alimena, Kevin Reid, Marco R. Caluori

When did you join the Army?

June, 2006

What are you working on?

Major orchestral excerpts, fundamentals, and challenging etudes to continue musical growth.

 What are some of your extra duties?

I have been the Unit Historian since 2007 and am active in our 2017 bicentennial planning.

 What do you enjoy doing off-duty?

Principal Horn with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, avid fitness enthusiast and a firm believer in strong mind and strong body.

Adjunct Faculty, Brass Instruction at Marist College since 2007


 Other projects:

2014 West Point Master Teacher Program two-year certificate program graduate with a capstone thesis on Mindset and Motivation, focusing on the work of Dr. Carol Dweck where I presented at my graduate school alma mater in November 2014.

An Army performance highlight:

Performances with the New York Philharmonic, opening of Sarasota Patriot Plaza, opening of FDR Four Freedoms Park in New York City, and Ellis Island Medals of Honor ceremonies (where my family immigrated to the United States)

Did you know?

Nicole Caluori is my wife, and the Principal Horn of the West Point Band.  We have made a great team musically, personally, and professionally ever since we met at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina in the summer of 2002.  We studied together at Florida State University and Southern Methodist University where we shared similar experiences, including playing extra with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and summers as fellows with the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Playing alongside her and Matt Smith and Drew Mangus makes growing as a musician an easy thing to do.

Some of my earliest and fondest musical memories are of my father performing as a member of the United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own.”  He is the inspiration for my realistic goal of winning a position with a premier military band.  He had a remarkable 32-year career as a horn player at TUSAB and was my first teacher.  I value his insight and experience since going in to the “family business.”  His brother, my uncle Ernest Caluori, also a horn player, had a 26-year career at TUSAB as well.  At the end of our careers at West Point and the years my father and uncle have spent at TUSAB, the Caluori family will have invested over 100 years of cumulative service as horn players in the Army premier bands!

I am active in the South Korean martial art of Tang Soo Do and hope to achieve my black belt in 2017.  I began as a student in Tae Kwan Do when I was eight years old, studying with a member of the US Army Chorus and was a bronze medalist in sparring at the 1992 Junior Olympics!