Command Team

Commander: CW2 Ashley Alexander serves as the Commander and Conductor of the Oregon National Guard’s, 234th Army Band.

Mr. Alexander joined the 234th Army Band in 2002 as a bassonist and was featured as a soloist with the band, performing the Portland Premier of Concerto for Basson and Wind Ensemble by Eric Ewazen in April 2004. Mr. Alexander also served as the Unit Supply Non-commisioned Officer until commissioned as a Warrant Officer in August, 2007. Mr. Alexander deployed to New Orleans with six other members of the Band in support of Operation Katrina, temporarily being appointed as the Battalion Supply NCO for the 41st Troop Battalion. Mr. Alexander is the seventh Commander of the 234th Army Band since their activation in 1919. In August 2009, Mr. Alexander conducted “Oregon! Oregon!” in collaboration with Pink Martini, Portland’s popular music ensemble. Mr. Alexander graduated from DePaul University in 2009 with a Master of Music in Performance. In December 2008, Mr. Alexander married his wife, Erin Rose. Mr. Alexander has received three Army Achievement Medals and the Humanitarian Service Medal.

First Sergeant: 1SG Preston Baxter serves as the unit’s primary Enlisted Leader and plays french horn in the 234th Army Concert Band and the “Brass Ops” Ensemble. He is often called upon to use his skills on the piano in the concert band as well.
1SG Baxter joined the 23rd Army Band in 1990 as a French horn player. After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Civil Engineering from Utah State University in 1996, he transferred to Oregon’s 234th Army Band and served as the unit’s translator during the their Annual Training in Panama. He holds dual Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering and Wood Science from Oregon State University, is a licensed Professional Engineer in Oregon and Nevada, and is currently employed as a structural engineer with CH2MHill. 1SG Baxter’s military awards include two Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medal with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with one Silver Oak Leaf Cluster. He resides in Independence with his wife, Aurora, and their six children.