(Frankfort, Ky.) - Sgt. Brandon Tagarook, an Alaskan Native, joined the Kentucky National Guard in 2005. He joined the Guard because of his brothers and his love of music.
“My brothers joined the Kentucky Army National Guard shortly
after 9/11 and their willingness to serve inspired me to look into joining as
well,” said Tagarook. “I have a long
history of playing the French Horn. I
started playing in middle school and after discovering that the 202nd Army Band
existed, I found the perfect opportunity to join.”
In 1991, Tagarook’s family moved to Danville, Kentucky,
where the Great American Brass Band Festival took place. Every year the 202nd Army Band
performed. “That festival was one of the
biggest inspirations to me as a musician. Watching some of the world’s greatest
ensembles perform at such a high level was always an honor to witness so it
absolutely blew my mind when I discovered that the 202nd Army Band was a consistent
staple to the festival.”
Now as a band member, Tagarook gets to perform at the same
event every year that inspired him to become a musician.
When not playing music and entertaining audiences, Tagarook
works at Joint Force Headquarters in G1 as the state awards NCO, personnel
services branch accessions NCO and state passport acceptance agent.
“Sgt. Tagarook is a tireless worker and is a vital piece
within the G1,” said Col. Douglas Clay, deputy chief of staff, personnel. “His efforts are instrumental in the
processing and presentation of state and federal awards for our personnel.”