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.
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.
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.