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Master Sergeant Daniel C. Plaster

A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Mr. Plaster was a trumpet player with the Greater Boston Youth Symphony at Boston University and with the Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble at the New England Conservatory of Music. He participated in Massachusetts All-State bands and orchestras as well the All-Eastern Concert Band under Frederick Fennell. Following his graduation from Lexington High School, he was accepted as a member of The United States Army Band, "Pershing's Own" at Ft. Myer, Virginia. There, he performed in ceremonies of state for Presidents Carter and Reagan and toured with the distinguished Herald Trumpets ensemble.

In Los Angeles, he received Outstanding Bachelors Degree Graduate and Magna Cum Laude recognition from California State University at Northridge, as a student of voice. At University of Southern California, he received a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance with a scholarship and Departmental Recognition. During this time, he helped to establish Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, under the direction of Michael Eagan, lutenist. With this organization, has been heard on National Public Radio's "Performance Today", performing works of J.S. Bach and early music masters. The Los Angles Times has carried rave reviews for his performances of works by Bach and Monteverdi as well as an article noting his highly successful musical work with young children.

He has appeared as a soloist with the Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera, Long Beach Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and numerous other organizations on the west coast. Operatic roles with regional companies include that of Count Almaviva in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Ferrando in Mozarts Così fan tutte. The Southwest Chamber Music Society has included him in recent performances of Holst's Savitri and Stravinsky's Cantata.

Recording credits include Herbert Howell's Hymnus Paradisi with the Pacific Chorale and the Estonian National Symphony, and feature film soundtracks, including Jurassic Park, Water World, and Air Force One under choral director, Paul Salamunovich.

With the Air National Guard Band of the Southwest, he has served as vocalist, trumpeter and electric/string bass player in the concert band, jazz band, jazz/rock combo and brass quintet. During the week, he is often serving as bugler in military funerals honors for members of all branches of service.