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“The President’s Own”

United States Marine Band

Lieutenant Colonel Jason K. Fettig, Director
Albert F. Schoepper

Albert F. SchoepperAlbert F. Schoepper was appointed 22nd Leader/Director of the Marine Band on May 1, 1955. Prior to that he was Assistant Director of the Marine Band for four years. Schoepper appeared at the White House before Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard M. Nixon; King George VI of England; former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill; and many other visiting foreign dignitaries.

Schoepper began his musical training at age seven under the tutelage of violinist Alfred Perrot. After graduating from high school, he studied with Gustav Tinlot at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y. He also studied conducting under Andre Polah, who was a pupil of Arthur Nikish.

In his early years with the Marine Band, besides performing as violin soloist at the Pan American Union, Schoepper was a frequent soloist on network radio programs and in concert performances. He performed with the Marine Chamber Orchestra as first stand violinist before many foreign heads of state. He also conducted at various White House engagements and led string ensembles at diplomatic functions.

Schoepper made his first White House appearance as conductor in 1942 before King George of Greece. Later, when the White House was being renovated, he conducted all the Blair House engagements for President and Mrs. Truman. Schoepper also conducted the Marine Band in concert and official ceremonies for the inaugurations of Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon.

As Marine Band Director, Schoepper was Music Advisor to the White House and Music Director for Washington's prestigious Gridiron Club. He was a member of the Alfalfa Club and the Military Order of the Carabao.

Schoepper retired at the rank of colonel on April 28, 1972, after 38 years of service. His honors include the Navy Commendation Medal and the Legion of Merit.