New Milford High grad is first female leader of U.S. Army Chorus

NEW MILFORD – Former resident Bonnie Alger said she knew from a young age that she was interested in singing and playing an instrument. She is now the first officer to lead the United States Army Chorus, part of the United States Army Band in Washington, DC.

“I feel really privileged to be here,” Alger said. “I work with really wonderful people every day. The U.S. Army Band is made up of a bunch of extremely talented, intelligent musicians who care about making music at the highest level and care about their country.”

Alger said her primary responsibility at the U.S. Army Chorus is to “ensure the musical readiness of the choir” to support senior government and military leadership.

Band officers also have a number of non-musical responsibilities, Alger said, often related to the operation and overall well-being of the unit. As the officer in charge of the U.S. Army Corps, she said she is responsible for knowing the health and well-being of all soldiers and their families in the group and assisting the unit’s supply team with their monthly inventories.


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