Commander and Conductor
Major Randy Bartel, a native of Marshall, Missouri, holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Central Methodist University and a Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting from the University of Missouri. He began his military service as a member of the United States Marine Corps, serving six years as a trumpet instrumentalist with the Quantico Marine Band in Quantico, Virginia.
Major Bartel has served with The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” since 2010 as the Director of The U.S. Army Ceremonial Band and The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets. He has led performances for five U.S. presidents, heads of state and international civilian and military leaders. He has conducted performances for the 57th Presidential Inauguration, multiple ceremonies and events at The White House, U.S. Capitol, Pentagon, and throughout the National Capital Region.
While at the University of Missouri, he served as a Graduate Assistant with the University of Missouri Band Program, and was an instructor and band leader with the Missouri Summer Music Institute. Major Bartel taught for four years in the public school system of Missouri, serving as Director of Bands at Elsberry Public Schools.
Major Bartel attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia, receiving his commission as a Distinguished Military Graduate in April, 2005. He went on to attend the Adjutant General Officer Basic Course at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, where he was awarded the President Benjamin Harrison Medal as the honor graduate. His previous assignments were as the Executive Officer and Associate Conductor of the Army Ground Forces Band, and as Staff Bands Officer, U.S. Army Forces Command, Fort McPherson, Georgia. Major Bartel deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and served for a year as the United States Forces - Iraq’s Band Programs Officer.