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Staff Sgt. Bryan Ponton

I grew up around Frederick, MD and I received my bachelor’s degree in jazz performance from William Paterson University in 2013. I started in the FORSCOM band at Fort Bragg before joining the West Point Band in mid-2015.

Teachers:

Mulgrew Miller, James Weidman, Harold Mabern

Influences:

Kenny Kirkland, Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner, Mulgrew Miller

25571690313_3cd702caac_zOver Ponton's ShoulderWhen did you join the Army?

September 2013

What do you enjoy doing off-duty?

Going to the gym, hiking, recording

I knew I wanted to be a musician when…

My cousin let me sit in with her blues band when I was 13.

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A performance/job highlight:

Labor Day at Trophy Point and fireworks afterwards.

Did you know?

I have an identical twin brother.

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