Joined in 1997 as a clarinetist
Assistant Director 2001-present
Major Jason K. Fettig joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in 1997 as a clarinetist. He was appointed Assistant Director and commissioned a first lieutenant in July 2002, was promoted to captain in August 2003, and in August 2007 was promoted to his current rank.
Soon after Maj Fettig joined the “The President’s Own,” he became a frequently featured soloist with both the band and the chamber orchestra throughout the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. He has served as a conductor and coordinator for the fall and winter Chamber Music Series, and was nominated for his current position in 2001. On Aug. 1, 2001, he conducted his first concert with the Marine Band.
Maj Fettig, a 1993 graduate of Manchester Central High School in Manchester, N.H., holds two bachelor degrees from the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst: clarinet performance (1997), and music education with an emphasis in conducting (1998). In 2005, he earned a master’s degree in orchestral conducting at the University of Maryland in College Park., where he served as assistant conductor for two productions of the Maryland Opera Studio in 2004-2005. He has studied clarinet with Michael Sussman, Alan Meyer, and David Martins and his principal conducting teachers are Malcolm W. Rowell, Mark Russell Smith, and James Ross.
Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Maj Fettig was principal clarinet and soloist with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra in Pittsburgh, Pa. In addition to his duties with “The President’s Own,” Maj Fettig won first prize in the International Clarinet Association’s Young Artist Competition in 2000. He has also represented the band on several occasions as a guest conductor, soloist, and clinician at both the high school and college level.