Master Sergeant Duane F. King
Master Sergeant Duane F. King is the 40th Drum Major of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. He joined the Marine Band in May 2014.
Master Sgt. King began his musical training on trumpet at age 10. After graduating from Terry Parker High School in Jacksonville in 1994, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and attended recruit training at Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Beaufort, S.C. Following recruit training, he attended the basic course at the Armed Forces School of Music in Little Creek, Va., as a trumpet player then received orders to the Marine Forces Reserve (MARFORRES) Band in New Orleans in October 1995.
In 2000, Master Sgt. King received orders to the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Band in Twentynine Palms, Calif., then returned to the School of Music where he completed the Ceremonial Conductor/Drum Major course in 2002. After completing the course he reported to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island Band and remained there until 2005 when he returned to the MARFORRES Band, serving as the drum major.
In June 2010, Master Sgt. King was selected to be the Assistant Drum Major of “The President’s Own.” As Assistant Drum Major, he led the band in ceremonial commitments and, as the company gunnery sergeant, he was responsible for unit and new member training. Following his tour as assistant drum major, he returned to the MARFORRES Band where he served as drum major.
As Drum Major of “The President’s Own,” Master Sgt. King serves as the senior enlisted member of the unit and is responsible for the band’s appearance, ceremonial drill, and military decorum. He is charged with directing the band in ceremonial commitments, including the inaugural parade, and will regularly lead the band in review for U.S. Presidents, heads of state, and international dignitaries.
Gunnery Sergeant Stacie Crowther
Assistant Drum Major Gunnery Sergeant Stacie Crowther joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in April 2017. She is the first female Assistant Drum Major in the history of “The President’s Own.”
Gunnery Sgt. Crowther began her musical training on flute at age 10. After graduating from Alvin High School in 1999, she enlisted in the Marine Corps and attended recruit training at Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Beaufort, S.C. Following Marine Combat Training and the Basic Music Course at the Armed Forces School of Music in Little Creek, Va., as a flute player, she returned to Parris Island for duty with the Parris Island Marine Band. In 2002, Gunnery Sgt. Crowther was transferred to the 3D Marine Aircraft Wing Band in Miramar, Calif. While serving with this band, she deployed to Al Jaber, Kuwait, in February 2003 and to Al Asaad, Iraq in August 2004 in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. From 2005-07, she represented the Marine Corps and its music program while serving with the Allied Forces Band in Naples, Italy. She returned to the Armed Forces School of Music in 2007 to attend the Unit Leader Course from which she graduated as the Honor Graduate. In 2009, Gunnery Sgt. Crowther reported to the Marine Forces Pacific Band in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, for duty as the Acting Enlisted Conductor and a year later was selected as her current billet, Drum Major. In January 2011, she reported for a second tour of duty at the Naval School of Music, where she served as Platoon Sergeant, Marine Detachment; flute instrumental instructor; drill band instructor, and drum major instructor. Prior to her assignment with “The President’s Own” Gunnery Sgt. Crowther served as the Drum Major of the Marine Corps Band New Orleans.
As Assistant Drum Major for “The President’s Own,” Gunnery Sgt. Crowther leads the band in ceremonial commitments and, as the company gunnery sergeant, she is responsible for unit and new member training.