Chief Warrant Officer 4 James Bettencourt was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA. An "Army Brat", Mr. Bettencourt completed High School in Massachusetts and went on to earn two Bachelor of Music Degrees from Boston University and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Columbia Southern University. Following a number of years as a touring and studio musician, Mr. Bettencourt decided to follow in his father's footsteps by serving his country in the U.S. Army. Originally joining the military as a trumpet player, Mr. Bettencourt auditioned for, and was selected as, a Warrant Officer. His duty stations and commands have included Fort McPherson, Georgia; U.S. Army School of Music, Virginia; Fort Jackson, South Carolina; Wiesbaden, Germany; Camp Liberty, Iraq; Heidelberg, Germany; Fort Gordon, Georgia; the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York; and the Army Materiel Command Band, Alabama. In 2018 he was proud to be selected to serve as the first Warrant Officer to command the SHAPE International Band.