Fort Riley, Kansas



Army musician gives back while gaining experience with her passion

By J. Parker Roberts | 1ST INF. DIV. PUBLIC AFFAIRS | August 14, 2014

In the Army, Soldiers become experts in their jobs. So it’s no surprise when experts join the Army to become even better at what they do.

A new member of the 1st Infantry Division Band, Spc. Amanda DiClerico has been playing the trombone since the age of 11.

She serves to give back to her country while gaining invaluable experience at doing the thing she loves.

Now 26, DiClerico said she didn’t come from a musical family.

“I’m the first musician in my family,” she said. “I had friends who were interested in music and I decided that I wanted to give it a shot and I haven’t looked back since.”

DiClerico said the creativity and self-expression in music are what have fueled her passion for playing.

“I really enjoy jazz,” DiClerico said. “Jazz is one of the few American art forms, so to learn that and learn about our history is really interesting.”

As part of the 1st Infantry Division Band, DiClerico has the opportunity to play all sorts of music at concerts, ceremonies and parades.

“I come from a very military-oriented town,” the Virginia Beach, Va., native said. “The Army, the Marines and the Navy have their school of music there, so I’ve studied with various military musicians throughout my life.

“I knew coming out of college that was something I’d like to do as well.”

DiClerico graduated from Christopher Newport University before auditioning for the Army. Once she passed her audition, DiClerico met with a recruiter and enlisted.

“It’s a wonderful way to increase my musicianship,” she said. “I get to work with some amazing musicians, travel the world and still serve my country.”

The trombone player said it has been wonderful working with the 1st Infantry Division Band.

“I’ve met some really great Soldiers here so far,” she said. “I would like to continue with a career in the Army and make it to different parts of the world.”

Sgt. 1st Class Troy Swanson, the 1st Infantry Division Band’s senior noncommissioned officer, said DiClerico has been gung-ho since joining the band only a few weeks ago.

“She seems to be all Army,” Swanson said. “She’s a very strong player. Soldier-wise, she’s still new … she’s excited and she’s adapting to being here.”
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