Major Randall Bartel became the Commander of the United States Army Europe Band and Chorus in Germany in October 2018. Prior to this position, Major Bartel was the Commander of the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command Band at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA; Associate Bandmaster, The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own”, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, VA; Band Programs Officer, United States Forces-Iraq, Camp Victory, Iraq; Staff Bands Officer, U.S. Army Forces Command, Fort McPherson, GA; and Executive Officer and Associate Conductor, Army Ground Forces Band, Fort McPherson, GA.
A native of Marshall, Missouri, Major Bartel began his military service in 1996 with the United States Marine Corps, serving for six years with the Quantico Marine Corps Band in Quantico, VA. He 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. 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 served for four years as a band director, including as the Director of Bands at Elsberry Public Schools near St. Louis, MO.
Major Bartel attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia, receiving his commission as a Distinguished Military Graduate in 2005. He is a graduate of the Adjutant General Officer Basic Course at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. As honor graduate he was awarded the President Benjamin Harrison Medal, and later attended Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS.
Major Bartel served with The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in 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 conducted performances for the 57th Presidential Inauguration, as well as multiple ceremonies and events at The White House, U.S. Capitol, Pentagon, and throughout the National Capital Region. He has performed in numerous televised events such as the National Symphony Orchestra for our nation’s “National Memorial Day Concert” and “A Capitol Fourth” concerts, the Boston Pops at Tanglewood for American Composer John Williams 80th Birthday celebration and the holiday broadcasts of “Christmas in Washington.” As Commander of The United States Army Training and Doctrine Command Band, he led performances at the Virginia International Tattoo and recorded “A Lasting Vestige” in recognition of that band’s history.
His military awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (third award), Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Gold).