Captain Taylor Criswell is currently the Commander of the First Cavalry Division Band at Fort Hood, Texas. Originally from Jackson, Tennessee, Criswell holds both a BS in Music Performance and a MA in Education from the University of North Alabama.
As a conductor and producer for U.S. Army Bands, he has led numerous performances across France, Spain, England, Germany, Sweden, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Poland, Belgium, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Montenegro. His marching band designs have been seen and performed in the U.S., South Korea, and throughout Europe.
CPT Criswell is a widely sought after clinician for concert bands and marching bands throughout the US. He currently serves as program coordinator for the 4-Time Mississippi State Champion Hernando High School Marching Band. He was most recently a brass instructor for the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps from 2015- 2018 and the Phantom Regiment from 2006-2012. He remains an active designer for high school marching bands and military tattoos around the world.
CPT Criswell’s military honors include: Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency, the COL Finley R. Hamilton Outstanding Military Musician Award, and Honor Graduate Recipient and Distinguished Leadership Awardee for the Warrior Leaders Course at Fort Benning, GA. He was previously assigned as the Executive Officer of the US Army School of Music in Virginia Beach, Virginia and the Executive Officer for the United States Army Europe Band & Chorus.