Quartet blows away music competition

Quartet blows away music competition

FORT LEONARD WOOD, MO (KFVS) - A Fort Leonard Wood quartet's performance won big this year, capturing the 2015 Music Performance Team of the Year award.

Two band members from the 399th Army Band also won in individual categories.

This is the first time a U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command band has won the award.

"Since much of the competition is based on popular vote of the 8,000 active, guard, Reserve, and retired Army musicians, it's very hard for smaller bands to compete," points out the band's commander, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Richard Chapman.

The Fort Leonard Wood soldier musicians that form the winning group, "Icarus Saxophone Quartet," are Spcs, Kevin Arbogast from Bowling Green, Kentucky, Devin Thomas from Woodbridge, Virginia, and Sgts. Kevin Lomonof from Oak Lawn, Illinois, and Nikki Lomonof from Logan, West Virginia.

The four have only been performing together since January.

All competitors submit video samples of live performances. Sgt. Jacob Adelman was runner-up for Army Music Soldier of the Year, and Staff Sgt. Michael Joseph was runner-up for Army Music Junior Non-commissioned Officer of the Year.

Not bad for a band of 38 musicians, especially compared to the U.S. Army Band, "Pershing's Own," a special band that has roughly 240 musicians or the U.S. Army Europe Band that has 60-80 musicians.

To watch a video of the winning quartet, you can click here.

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