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Music sure has a way of bringing people together. And last month, the Army and the Air Force joined in perfect harmony as one of theWest  Point Band‘s own appeared as a guest artist with the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West.

Oboist Staff Sgt. Natalie Wren was requested to perform with the band’s woodwind quintet, the Golden West Winds, during their Eastern Washington tour. The tour included nine performances reaching a live audience of over 2,400 and a broadcast reach of more than 15,000.


Senior Airman Alaina Shaw, Tech. Sgt. Andy Tucker, Airman 1st Class Candy Chang, Staff Sgt. Natalie Wren, Senior Airman Dan Shifren, and Airman 1st Class Emily Hoffner in front of Spokane Public Radio.


Staff Sgt. Natalie Wren stands with JROTC students following a performance at Walla Walla University, in Walla Walla, Washington.


Oboist Staff Sgt. Natalie Wren shares the West Point story at Walla Walla University.


Staff Sgt. Natalie Wren, with Tech. Sgt. Andy Tucker and Airman 1st Class Candy Chang, speaks to the students of the Michael Anderson Elementary School at the Fairchild Air Force Base in Medical Lake, Washington.

Staff Sgt. Wren enjoyed having personal conversations with countless veterans and family members, JROTC students, children, and university music majors, and faculty. Different from a typical West Point Band experience where 40 or more musicians are on stage at once, chamber groups like this joint-forces ensemble can provide a strong impact in intimate settings.