June 18, 2019

“Music is My Purpose”

Music may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the military, until you meet Brandie Lane.

She’s a GRAMMY award-winning audio engineer, U.S. Army Sergeant First Class and the non-commissioned officer in charge of the West Point Band Audio Section at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY. 

Her accolades include a GRAMMY award for “Best Engineered Classical Album,” engineering credits on multiple GRAMMY-nominated albums, a Downbeat award for “Best Engineering for a Live Recording” and an “Award of Excellence” from the Audio Engineering Society High Resolution Recording Competition. Her military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal and the Army Achievement Medal. 

In this video, Ms. Lane tells the story of her evolution from learning classical piano at age 6, to playing percussion in her school band, to her current role with the West Point Band. Find out why she wouldn’t trade music for anything in the world.