Missouri S&T string quartet performs at Fort Leonard Wood

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On October 10, 2014

From the left: Joseph Baleta; Denise Minard; Maj. Gen. Leslie C. Smith; Caroline Tran; and Carly Ecker. Photo submitted.

From the left: Joseph Baleta; Denise Minard; Maj. Gen. Leslie C. Smith; Caroline Tran; and Carly Ecker. Photo submitted.

From the left: Joseph Baleta; Denise Minard; Maj. Gen. Leslie C. Smith; Caroline Tran; and Carly Ecker. Photo submitted.

A string quartet featuring students from Missouri University of Science and Technology recently provided music for the U.S. Army Military Police School’s “Commandant’s Community Leader Social.”

The event, held on Sept. 25 at Fort Leonard Wood, featured the “String Theory Quartet,” a group named after the particle physics theory. The group performed for Brig. Gen. Mark Spindler, U.S. Army Military Police School commandant, Maj. Gen. Leslie C. Smith, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general, and their guests.

“The officers at Fort Leonard Wood had nothing but great things to say about our students, how they presented themselves, how well they played and how pleased the commanders and their guests were to have them there,” says Dr. Robert Cesario, director of bands and assistant professor of music at Missouri S&T. “Brig. Gen. Spindler presented each student with a Commandant’s Coin of Excellence in recognition of their performance.”

The quartet is comprised of violinists Denise Minard, a junior in petroleum engineering from Bismarck, North Dakota, and Joseph Baleta, a senior in mechanical engineering from Grandview, Missouri, violist Caroline Tran, a junior in geological engineering from Kansas City, Missouri, and cellist Carly Ecker, a senior in chemical engineering from St. Louis.

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