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NSU graduate to tour with U.S. Army Field Band

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University graduate Robin (Carlson) Felt has been selected to play with the U.S. Army Field Band this summer.


Felt will join the band – the premier touring musical representative for the United States Army – on its northeastern tour from late June to July 10.

The U.S. Army Field Band is one of the five top D.C.-based military bands, said Dr. Alan LaFave, dean of the NSU School of Fine Arts.

“To have one of our graduates selected to play in the U.S. Army Field Band is truly a prestigious honor,” LaFave said.


Felt, who plays the French horn, was a vocal and instrumental music education major at NSU, graduating in 2007. While at Northern, she competed in the Music Teachers National Association brass competition and was a member of numerous instrumental ensembles. Those included the Symphonic Band, Marching Wolves, Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony, brass choir, Wolf Pack Pep Band and pit orchestra. Felt studied with Dr. Boyd Perkins and Dr. Grant Manhart.

After graduating from NSU, Felt spent a summer playing horn in opera theater in Italy. Then, she began her master’s in horn performance at the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. After completing that degree in 2009, she joined the U.S. Army and began professionally playing with the Training Doctrine and Command band at Fort Monroe in Virginia. She is stationed at the U.S. Armed Forces School of Music.

A native of Chamberlain, Felt’s childhood music education involved her mother, Muriel Carlson, as K-6 music teacher; and her father, Dennis Carlson, as band director in the Chamberlain School District. Her brother, Phil Carlson, is also an NSU graduate and currently directs the high school band in Chamberlain. Felt’s husband, Zered Felt, is also a Northern graduate.