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“The President’s Own”

United States Marine Band

Colonel Michael J. Colburn, Director
French Horn
Master Gunnery Sergeant Max Cripe

French horn player Master Gunnery Sergeant Max Cripe joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in July 1988. He was appointed principal French horn in January 2004. MGySgt Cripe began his musical training at age 10. After graduating from Garden City High School, he earned a bachelor’s degree in music performance in 1984 from the University of Kansas in Lawrence and a master’s degree in performance in 1987 from Wichita State University in Kansas. His instructors were David Bushouse of the University of Kansas, Nicholas Smith of Wichita State, and David Wakefield of the American Brass Quintet. He also studied with Josef Mayr at the Mozarteum Conservatory in Salzburg, Austria.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” MGySgt Cripe was a member of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra in Kansas.

He has soloed twice with the Marine Chamber Orchestra, performing Franz Joseph Haydn’s Horn Concerto No. 1 in D and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat, K. 297B

Gunnery Sergeant Hilary Harding

French horn player Gunnery Sergeant Hilary Harding joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in May 2003 and was appointed assistant principal horn in October 2012. GySgt Harding began her musical training at age 11. Upon graduating in 1996 from Caldwell County High School in Princeton, she attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Urbana, Ill., where in 2000 she earned a bachelor’s degree in music. In 2002, she earned a master’s degree in music from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and in 2007 she earned a doctorate of musical arts at the University of Maryland -College Park. Her horn instructors included Martin Hackleman of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., Peter Landgren of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Kazimierz Machala, formerly of the Sydney Symphony in Sydney, Australia. 



Master Gunnery Sergeant John Troxel

French horn player Master Gunnery Sergeant John Troxel “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in July 1984. He was appointed French horn section leader in 2001. MGySgt Troxel began his musical instruction at age 9 and graduated from Shoreline High School in Shoreline, Wash., in 1973. He earned bachelor’s degrees in music performance and music education from Western Washington University in Bellingham in 1977 and a master’s degree in music performance from Indiana University in Bloomington in 1982. He studied with Robert DeCou, Walter Cole, and David Forbes of Seattle, as well as the late Robert W. Elworthy and the late Philip Farkas of Indiana University.





Master Gunnery Sergeant Amy Horn

French horn player Master Gunnery Sergeant Amy Horn joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in December 1987. MGySgt Horn began to study French horn at age 13. After graduating from St. Joseph Central Catholic High School in Fremont in 1983, she attended Bowling Green State University in Ohio where she earned bachelor degrees in music education and French horn performance in 1987. She earned a master’s degree in 1994 from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and her doctorate in musical arts in 2011 from the University of Maryland- College Park. Her primary teachers have been Herbert Spencer, Edwin Thayer, Martin Hackleman, and Gregory Miller.

MGySgt Horn performs with the Marine Band, Marine Chamber Orchestra, and Marine Chamber Ensembles at the White House, in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, and across the country during the band’s annual concert tour. In addition to her regular duties as a French hornist, MGySgt Horn also sings and plays guitar with Free Country, the Marine Band’s country music ensemble.

Staff Sergeant Brigette Knox

French horn player Staff Sergeant Brigette Knox joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in December 2013. SSgt Knox began her musical training on piano at age 7 and French horn at age 12. After graduating in 2003 from Eldorado High School in Albuquerque, she attended the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) in Ohio where she earned a bachelor’s degree in music performance in 2007. In 2009 she completed a master’s degree in music performance from The Juilliard School in New York. SSgt Knox has pursued doctoral studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) in Ohio. She studied with Rick Solis of CIM, William Purvis of Juilliard, and Randy Gardner of CCM.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” SSgt Knox was the band and choir director for Central Catholic Junior-Senior High School in Lafayette, Ind. She performed regularly with the Santa Fe Concert Association and was on the faculty at the Sandia Music Festival in Albuquerque,both in New Mexico. She has also performed with the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra and Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra in Indiana, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra in Newport, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra in Connecticut.

Staff Sergeant Cecilia Kozlowski

French horn player Staff Sergeant Cecilia Kozlowski joined the “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in May 2013. SSgt Kozlowski began her musical training on the horn at age 11. After graduating in 2004 from Sterling Heights High School, she earned a bachelor’s degree in 2008 from Western Michigan University (WMU) in Kalamazoo. In 2010, she earned a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). She studied with Lin Folk of WMU, Elizabeth Freimuth of CCM and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Randy Gardner of CCM and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” SSgt Kozlowski was the acting principal horn of the Beijing National Opera House in China and performed with the Columbus and Lima Symphony Orchestras in Ohio, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra in Newport, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra in Indiana, and the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra in St. Joseph.

Gunnery Sergeant Jennifer Paul

French horn player Gunnery Sergeant Jennifer Paul joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in August 2004. GySgt Paul began her musical training at age 10. Upon graduating in 1996 from Jacobs High School in Algonquin, she attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where in 2000 she earned a bachelor’s degree in music education. In 2003, she earned a master’s degree in music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. GySgt Paul also received a professional study certificate in 2004 from Temple University in Philadelphia. Her notable horn instructors include Kazimierz Machala of the University of Illinois, Randy Gardner of the University of Cincinnati, and Adam Unsworth of Temple University.  

 

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” GySgt Paul was the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory graduate teaching assistant for the horn studio from 2001-2003 and a freelance musician in Philadelphia.


Master Sergeant Mark Questad

French horn player Master Sergeant Mark Questad joined the “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in July 1992. MSgt Questad began his musical instruction at age 12 with Howard T. Howard. After graduating from Ridge High School in Basking Ridge, N.J., he attended The Juilliard School of Music in New York. He holds a bachelor of music degree from Indiana University in Bloomington in 1982 where he studied with Robert Elworthy, Philip Farkas, and Michael Hatfield.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” MSgt Questad was a member of the Evansville Philharmonic in Indiana, the Owensboro Symphony in Kentucky, and Top Brass. He also has performed with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, the New Philharmonic of New Jersey in Morristown, the Group Opera of New York, the American Arts Ensemble, and the West End Chamber Players. In addition, he has made commercial and soundtrack recordings.

Gunnery Sergeant Douglas Quinzi

French horn player Gunnery Sergeant Douglas Quinzi of Las Cruces, N.M., joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in October 2004. GySgt Quinzi began his musical instruction at age 12. Upon graduating in 1997 from Las Cruces High School, he attended New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, where in 2002 he earned a bachelor’s degree in music education. In 2004, he earned a master’s degree in French horn performance from the University of Maryland- College Park (UMD). He presently is pursuing a doctorate of musical arts at UMD. His horn instructors included Nancy Joy of New Mexico State University, Gregory Miller of UMD, and Martin Hackleman formerly of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C.

 

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” GySgt Quinzi performed with the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, was a finalist in the 2000 International Horn Society Competition, and was a freelance musician in the Washington, D.C., area.

Gunnery Sergeant Greta Richard

French horn player Gunnery Sergeant Greta Richard joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in June 2000. GySgt Richard began her musical career at age 11. Upon graduating in 1992 from Mahtomedi High School Mahtomedi, Minn., she attended Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y., where she earned a dual bachelor’s degree in music education and performance in 1997. In 2000, she earned a master’s degree in music performance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Her instructors included Jack Covert of Ithaca College and Gregory Hustis of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.  

 

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” GySgt Richard performed with the Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in Durban, South Africa; the Dallas Wind Symphony; and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.