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Sergeant Major Denver Dill


Sergeant Major Denver Dill joined the West Point Band in 2004 while serving as a doctoral teaching assistant at the Eastman School of Music. He holds a master’s degree from the Juilliard School and an undergraduate degree from Eastern Kentucky University. As a trumpet player, Sergeant Major Dill has appeared as both a soloist and a principal trumpet player with the New York Philharmonic and has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Brass.

Sergeant Major Dill serves West Point and the Army band program as the Army Music Analytics Team Leader using Lean Six Sigma, advanced analytics, mathematical game theory, and other relevant business strategies to provide a common operating picture for decision making. This includes collaborative partnerships and teaching within multiple West Point academic departments including the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Department of Systems Engineering, Department of English and Philosophy as well as the Army Cyber Institute. In 2017 he helped establish the West Point Music Research Center (WPMRC) with the vision of understanding and communicating the effects of music through multi-disciplinary research and analysis. The WPMRC seeks to provide innovative solutions and discoveries through international collaborations with leading academic departments, research centers, and industry.

Sergeant Major Dill has been a guest speaker/presenter for a variety of conferences and institutions such as the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, International Trumpet Guild and the Army Cyber Institute’s CyCON US.

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Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan L. Crane


Chief Warrant Officer Two Jonathan Crane is a graduate of The Hartt School of music in composition. His composition professors were Robert Carl, Kenneth Steen, and Stephen Gryc. During his studies, he also took double bass lessons with world-renowned contemporary performer Robert Black. Mr. Crane has also studied with Anthony Stoops, Aaron Keaster, and Jim Miller. Along with his Hartt School Artist Diploma, he has a master's degree in composition from Bowling Green State University, and a bachelor's degree in music education from Lebanon Valley College. In 2013, Mr. Crane was given the National Federation of Music Clubs Military Composition Award for "Open Field." His compositions have been performed by Aaron Misenheimer, Tyler Smith, the Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, the Avery Ensemble, and various military and university groups. As a bassist, Mr. Crane has worked for Hershey park Entertainment, Celebrity Cruises, and Holland America Line.

Mr. Crane attended basic training at Ft. Jackson in 2009, then graduated early from AIT with the C1 identifier. His first duty station was with the 25th Infantry Division Band, while there he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn. He has also served with the Signal Corps Band from Ft. Gordon, GA. In 2014, he graduated from Warrant Officer Candidate School and became the commander of the United States Army Military Intelligence Corps Band until 2017. Currently, he is a research analyst for the Army Music Analytics Team, centered at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY.

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Chief Warrant Officer 3 Thomas Jackson


Chief Warrant Officer 3 Thomas “TJ” Jackson comes to the West Point Band and West Point Music Research Center from the U.S. Army School of Music in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he served as an Officer Courses Instructor. Prior to this, Mr. Jackson completed a one-year Training with Industry assignment at Disney Parks Live Entertainment in Anaheim, California, after having commanded the 282nd Army Band at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

Mr. Jackson attended basic training at Fort Jackson in 2002. Upon accelerated graduation from Advanced Individual Training at the U.S. Army School of Music, he was assigned to the U.S. Army Europe Band in Heidelberg, Germany, and subsequently served at the U.S. Continental Army Band at Fort Monroe, Virginia. He was then selected to serve as the saxophone instructor at the Armed Forces School of Music in Virginia Beach, Virginia, before assignment to the 4th Infantry Division Band at Fort Carson, Colorado, which included a deployment to Iraq during Operation New Dawn. Mr. Jackson graduated from the Warrant Officer Career College in 2013 and was immediately afforded a command at Fort Jackson.

Chief Warrant Officer Jackson is a native of West Virginia, but hails from Frederick, Maryland. He holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Regent University, a graduate certificate in project management from Columbia Southern University, an undergraduate degree in saxophone performance from Elon University, and is a credentialed Project Management Professional (PMP). He is married to the former Vicki Lynn Harting of Troy, Missouri, and has one son, Caleb.

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Mission Statement

To provide cadets, staff, and faculty with the opportunity to conduct multi-disciplinary research in the auditory domain, in order to increase the knowledge of music as a ubiquitous component of cultural and national identity.


The West Point Music Research Center is dedicated to understanding and communicating the effects of music through multi-disciplinary research and analysis. Providing innovative solutions and discoveries through international collaborations with leading academic departments, research centers, and industry.


Established in 2018, the West Point Music Research Center (WPMRC) conducts research on behalf of the United States Military Academy (USMA), the United States Army, and the Department of Defense.

Music permeates every aspect of daily life. It has significant and lasting effects on individuals and communities, including health and wellness, readiness and resilience, economic influence, community building, cultural and national identity, and diplomacy.

WPMRC is committed to enhancing cadet education, faculty development, and the Army mission through the lens of music, sound, and their far-reaching effects. The Center supports cadet projects, conducts research, compiles related literature, and facilitates workshops, lectures, and experiences, to be the preeminent center in this area of research.




Focus Areas

  • National and Cultural Identity
  • Music and Health
  • Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning
  • Data Analysis and Visualization
  • Media Analytics
  • Music Psychology and Sociology
  • Influence
  • Information Warfare
  • Auditory Cognition

Relevant Research Areas for USMA and U.S. Army Priorities

  • Build and Maintain the Team
  • Modernization
  • Strengthen Partnerships
  • Provide Professional Development
  • Promote the Reputation of USMA
  • Enhance the Education of Cadets

The West Point Music Research Center advances the Academy and Army's commitment to modernization, enhances the West Point curriculum, and facilitates national and international collaboration with today's preeminent academic departments, research centers, veteran artists, and industry leaders.


WPMRC is actively pursuing the development of strategic partnerships with industry, academia, and other government agencies and laboratories.

West Point faculty partner with forward deployed units, DoD research organizations, academia, and industry to do research on real world problems and bring difficult projects to the classroom. Because West Point is a government organization, a number of options have been established by law and by regulation to support research at West Point. WPMRC's first step in partnering with government, academic, or industry scientists is establishing the Memoranda of Agreement or Cooperative Research and Development Agreements. Donors interested in contributing to this research are invited to contact the West Point Association of Graduates.