I’m Lieutenant Colonel Domingos Robinson – an Army officer and conductor. I have a B.S. in Music Education from Hartwick College and a Masters in Conducting from the New England Conservatory of Music. A funny thing happened on the way to being a college band director: I found out that the military has bands. After inquiring about an ad in a professional journal, I was in Washington, DC auditioning for a job I didn’t know existed just a couple of weeks earlier. Before I knew it, I was standing in the Boston MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station), swearing to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
Over 21 years later and here I am, currently serving as Deputy Commander of The U.S. Army Field Band.
I have had quite an interesting career so far. I’ve had the opportunity to conduct world premieres by great composers; entertain soldiers and citizens across the United States; be a part of some of our Nation’s most important and solemn occasions; and work with some of the finest musicians in the country. I chose the title “To the Color” for this blog after the bugle call often heard following “Retreat” on military posts as the National Color is lowered for the day. I write mainly about being a military musician but I’ll also write about whatever I’m thinking about that I think at least one other person might find interesting. Thanks for stopping by.