25th ID Band Commander
CW2 Joseph W. Parenteau
Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Parenteau hails from Pembroke Massachusetts and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management with concentrations in Music and Asian Studies from the University of Maryland. Chief Parenteau studied musicology, orchestral conducting and symphonic orchestration with the celebrated violist and orchestral conductor, Dr. Kay George Roberts; the first African American woman to be awarded a Doctorate from Yale University. He is also a conducting student of CW5 Douglas Paarmann, Director of Training for the United States Army School of Music, Joint Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia. CW2 Parenteau is currently pursuing a Master of Science in International Relations with Troy University, Troy Alabama.
He joined the Massachusetts Army National Guard in 1989 and served with both the 26th Yankee Infantry Division and the 215th Army Bands. After reporting for active duty in 1993, he was assigned as a French horn player with the 10th Mountain Division Band at Fort Drum, NY, the 1st Cavalry Division Band at Fort Hood, Texas and two separate tours with the 8th United States Army Band in Seoul Korea. After selection for Warrant Officer training, Chief Parenteau earned his first assignment as Commander of the 392d Army Band at Fort Lee, VA. His current posting is service as Bandmaster of the 25th Infantry Division Band, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
CW2 Parenteau's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with silver oak leaf cluster, the Good Conduct Medal- third award, the Armed Forces Expeditionary, Iraq Campaign, Humanitarian Service and Military Outstanding Volunteer Services Medals, Korean Service, NCO Professional Development (with 3 device) and Overseas Service Ribbons and the Air Assault Badge.
Chief Parenteau is married to the former Miss Sujin Moon of Seoul, Korea, and dedicates his career success to her counsel and unwavering support.