Bandmaster


Chief Warrant Officer Four James M. Bettencourt

 

Chief Warrant Officer Four James M. Bettencourt proudly assumed command of the SHAPE International Band in September 2018. Mr. Bettencourt is a native of New Bedford, Massachusetts and a graduate of New Bedford High School. He holds both a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance and Bachelor of Education degrees from Boston University and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Columbia Southern University.

His previous assignments include, the United States Military Academy at West Point, the Army Ground Forces Band, Fort McPherson, Georgia, US Army School of Music, Norfolk, Virginia and the US Army Europe Band and Chorus in Heidelberg, Germany. He has been assigned as Commander of; the 282nd Army Band, Fort Jackson, South Carolina, the First Armored Division Band, Wiesbaden, Germany, the US Army Signal Corps Band, Fort Gordon, Georgia and the Army Materiel Command Band, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. Mr. Bettencourt’s training includes the Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Warrant Officer Candidate School, Warrant Officer Basic Course, the Warrant Officer Advanced Course and the Warrant Officer Staff Course. He is a veteran of the Iraqi Sovereignty and Operation New Dawn Campaigns, deploying to Iraq as Commander of the First Armored Division Band in 2010.

Mr. Bettencourt has been married to the former Miss Erika Lynn Mills of Lake Mary, Florida since 1997; they have two daughters. His awards include: the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (6th award), Army Commendation Medal (6th award), Army Achievement Medal (5th award), Meritorious Unit Citation, Iraq Campaign Medal (two campaign stars), Army Good Conduct Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.

Master Sergeant Alex Dvorak

 

Alex Dvorak is the Deputy Bandmaster of the SHAPE International Band. He was born on December 29, 1973 in Prague, Czech Republic.  He has received an Associate of Liberal Arts degree from Saint Leo University, Baccalaureate of Music degree from Thomas Edison State College and a music performance diploma from the Prague Conservatory.  As a member of the conservatory brass quintet, Alex won the "Concertino Praga" international ensemble competition hosted annually by the Czech Radio Broadcasting Company. This event eventually led to solo recordings for the Czech Radio Broadcasting Company as well as a solo CD of baroque double concertos with the Talich Chamber Orchestra. Alex is a former member of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, Greater Fort Worth Brass and the Southeast Chamber Orchestra.  His substitute positions include Adjunct Professor at Troy State University, Prague Symphony Orchestra and the Prague National Opera Orchestra.  Alex studied with members of Dallas, Chicago and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras and has performed in the US, Europe and Asia. 

First Sergeant Alex Dvorak has been the Bandmaster of the SHAPE International Band since June of 2016. He has served in a number of leadership positions from Section Leader to Detachment Leader.  His previous assignments include The Army Aviation Band at Fort Rucker, Alabama; the 2nd Infantry Division’s "Warrior” Army Band in Uijeongbu, Korea, the Eight United States Army Band in Seoul, Korea, the Army Ground Forces Band at Fort McPherson, Georgia and the United States Army Europe Band in Heidelberg, Germany. He also taught Army students while serving as the Brass Branch Head and Trumpet Instructor at the Army School of Music in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

First Sergeant Alex Dvorak graduated the Warrior Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course (Commandant’s list), Senior Leader Course, Master Driver Course, Environmental Compliance Course, Combat Life Saver Course, Combative Level 1 Course, Cadre Training Course, Basic Instructor Training Course, Faculty Development Course, Middle Manager Course, Foundation Training Developer Course, Instructor Evaluator Course and Small Group Instructor Training Course.

First Sergeant Alex Dvorak’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (second award), Army Commendation Medal (fifth award), Army Achievement Medal (fourth award), Army Good Conduct Medal (fifth award), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, and the Army Superior Unit Award.  His foreign awards include the Belgian Military Fitness Silver Badge and German Schutzenschnur Gold Badge.