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Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2012 12:00 am

FORT LEE, Va. (March 22, 2012) -- Name: Sgt. Coville Bradley

Unit: 392nd U.S. Army Band

MOS: 42R – bandsperson

Age: 24

Time in service: four and a half years

Hometown: Gulf Breeze, Fla.

Describe yourself: “I’m an outgoing, laid back, nice guy who likes to make people laugh.”

Your dream job: “I’m doing my dream job.”

Your talent: “It’s music. It’s so natural for me. I started taking piano lessons from my mom when I was about 2 years old. I could barely reach the keys, and she started teaching me scales and things like that. From there it just took off. I started playing guitar when I was 7, moved to saxophone in middle school and then joined the drum line in high school. That’s when I really knew I wanted to play the drums for the rest of my life and nothing else.”

Your dream car: “It would probably be a McClaren F-1.”

Your current car: “It’s a 1995 Cadillac Fleetwood Hearse with the LS1 engine, which is what they put in the early ’90s Corvettes.”

The one person you most admire: “My mother. I owe her my life, my talent, just everything. The attitude that I have toward a lot of things is the attitude that she had toward me growing up, which made me a better person.”

One defining moment: “I moved to Tampa, Fla., when I was 18 years old. I moved with my best friend in the whole wide world. He was going to the University of South Florida. I needed a change of pace, but got on drugs real bad. On Christmas Eve, I was in the hospital having to get throat surgery. I had no money, my car had broken down and I had no food. I was always home for the holidays, but I couldn’t be there because I was in the hospital laid up. At that point, I was like, ‘I have to do something with myself.’ This is not me. That’s when I decided I wanted to join the Army. I wanted to do something bigger than me.”

Talk about your job in the band: “It is what you make it. When I was down at Fort Stewart, Ga., we were getting ready to deploy. When people think of the Army bands they think of trumpets and traditional music. I was like ‘this is not what these ground-pounder guys want to hear.’ So I got some of my guys together to do this heavy metal thing. We got together and practiced after work and on the weekends and came up with a product that completely went over well with our command team. It’s extremely brutal heavy metal, and we call ourselves the Four Horsemen of the Arockalypse. It’s being put back together here (at Fort Lee).”

One memorable moment as a Soldier: “Flying home for rest and relaxation to Savannah (Ga.). I was at the airport there and got off the plane; started walking to get my bags and people just stopped and started clapping. It was emotionally overwhelming. I was very happy because the work I had put in over there … (the appreciation) almost reduced me to tears. It was the most amazing feeling. It was awesome.”

What does it means to be a Soldier?: It’s hard to say personally because it’s so much more than just me. It’s really just one team, one fight – that’s really what it’s supposed to be. What you do today could affect someone else halfway around the world. That’s why I try to be the best person I can be and serve my country. It’s the best thing that has ever happened to me. ”

Best thing about the Army: “It ain’t the paycheck. It’s the brotherhood and sisterhood.”

Worst thing about the Army: “I roll with the punches, so to me, there really isn’t a worst thing.”

Goals: “I’m going to be the next sergeant major of the band field. There’s no doubt in my mind that that’s going to happen.”

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