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“The President’s Own”

United States Marine Band

Lieutenant Colonel Jason K. Fettig, Director
Trumpet/Cornet

Cornetist Master Gunnery Sergeant Matthew Harding

Cornetist Master Gunnery Sergeant Matthew Harding joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in September 1998. He was appointed solo cornet in January 2000. Master Gunnery Sgt. Harding began his musical instruction at age 9. A 1992 graduate of Dartmouth High School, he earned his bachelor’s degree in music from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y. in 1996, and has completed one year of master’s-level study at Rice University in Houston. He has studied with John Martin of Boston, Charles Geyer of Eastman, and the late Armando Ghitalla.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Master Gunnery Sgt. Harding spent a year with the New World Symphony in Miami; toured Japan with the Eastman Wind Ensemble; and performed at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, Chautauqua Music Center in New York, and Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. He also was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Mass.

In 2002 he was a featured tour soloist on Carl Höhne’s Slavonic Fantasy and on the 2009 tour he performed James Stephenson’s Allegro con brio from Trumpet Concerto.

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Trumpeter Master Gunnery Sergeant Kurt Dupuis

Trumpeter Master Gunnery Sergeant Kurt Dupuis joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in September 1992. He was named principal trumpet in 1997. Master Gunnery Sgt. Dupuis began his musical instruction at age 8 and studied with Terry Detwiler, former Marine Band solo cornet. He graduated in 1985 from Spaulding High School in Rochester, N.H. and earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Boston University in 1990 where he also pursued graduate studies. Master Gunnery Sgt. Dupuis’ teachers included Roger Voisin, Peter Chapman, and Dr. Robert Stibler. In addition, he has received extensive coaching from Rolf Smedvig, Timothy Morrison, Jeff Curnow, and Susan Slaughter.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Master Gunnery Sgt. Dupuis was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Mass., and was a participant at the Grand Teton Orchestral Seminar in Jackson Hole, Wyo., for two summers. He also was a member of the Atlantic Brass Quintet, winners of the Coleman International Chamber Music Competition, Summit Brass International Chamber Music Competition, and the Rafael Mendez International Chamber Music Competition. The quintet toured the U.S. and Canada under Columbia Artist Management and coached at the Empire Brass Seminar at the Tanglewood Institute. Master Gunnery Sgt. Dupuis has performed in conjunction with the Empire Brass both at Carnegie Hall in New York and at the Bermuda Arts Festival.

He has been featured as a soloist with both the Marine Band and Marine Chamber Orchestra, frequently conducts masterclasses at universities and has published an article in the International Trumpet Guild and The Brass Herald.

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Trumpeter/cornetist Master Gunnery Sergeant Andrew Schuller

Trumpeter/cornetist Master Gunnery Sergeant Andrew Schuller joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in October 1986. He was appointed trumpet section leader in 1998 and high brass section commander in 2003. Master Gunnery Sgt. Schuller began his musical instruction at age 6. After graduating from Salem High School in 1976, he attended Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music education in 1981and studied trumpet with Esotto Pellegrini and conducting with Robert Fleming. In 1993, he earned a master’s degree in conducting from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., where he studied with Anthony Maiello.

He is a frequently featured conductor in the Marine Chamber Ensembles series.

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Trumpeter/cornetist Master Gunnery Sergeant John Abbracciamento

Trumpeter/cornetist Master Gunnery Sergeant John Abbracciamento joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in November 1992. Master Gunnery Sgt. Abbracciamento began his musical instruction at age 8. After graduating from Valley Stream South High School in 1978, he attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He completed his bachelor’s degree in music at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1983 and also earned a master’s degree from Mannes College of Music in New York in 1985. He studied trumpet with Armando Ghitalla of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and John Ware and Vincent Penzarella of the New York Philharmonic.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Master Gunnery Sgt. Abbracciamento was a substitute with the New York Philharmonic and toured Europe with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

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Trumpeter/cornetist Staff Sergeant Benjamin Albright

Trumpeter/cornetist Staff Sergeant Benjamin Albright joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in August 2008. Staff Sgt. Albright began his musical instruction on trumpet at age 9. After graduating from Wilson Central High School in 1999, he earned his bachelor of music degree in trumpet performance from the State University of New York at Fredonia in 2003, where he studied with Alex Jokipii, principal trumpet of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. He earned master’s (2005) and doctoral (2008) degrees in music performance from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor under the instruction of William Campbell.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Staff Sgt. Albright performed with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra in Michigan, the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra in Michigan, the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colo., and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in New York.

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Trumpeter/cornetist Staff Sergeant Brandon Eubank

Trumpeter/cornetist Staff Sergeant Brandon Eubank joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in July 2008. Staff Sgt. Eubank began his musical instruction on piano at age 5 and trumpet at age 10. After graduating from Victor J. Andrew High School in Tinley Park in 2004, he earned his bachelor of music degree in trumpet performance in 2008 from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., where he studied with Barbara Butler, Charles Geyer, and Christopher Martin, principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Staff Sgt. Eubank performed at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, Calif., and the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland under Pierre Boulez. Staff Sgt. Eubank also has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; the Civic Orchestra of Chicago; the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Fla.; the Walt Disney World Collegiate All-Star Band in Orlando, Fla.; and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra in South Korea.

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Trumpeter/cornetist Master Sergeant Christian Ferrari

Trumpeter/cornetist Master Sergeant Christian Ferrari joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in September 1993. Master Sgt. Ferrari began his musical instruction at age 11 and graduated from Rome Free Academy in 1986. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music education and performance in 1990 from Syracuse University in New York, and a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston in 1993. He studied trumpet with the late Roger Voisin at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Mass., Charles Schlueter formerly of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Daniel Sapochetti formerly of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to his regular duties he has coordinated and led educational outreach clinics on tour and has traveled to New Orleans to work with the members of the Marine Forces Reserve Band and to Okinawa, Japan to work with the members of the III Marine Expeditionary Force Band. He has been featured as a soloist with the band and chamber orchestra several times, performing Herman Bellstedt’s “La Mandolinata,” Rafael Mendez’s “La Virgen de la Macarena,” Oskar Bohme’s Concerto in F minor, Johann Wilhelm Hertel’s Concerto in E-flat for Trumpet and Oboe, Ottorino Respighi’s Concerto a cinque, Leroy Anderson’s “Bugler’s Holiday,” James Barnes’ Duo Concertante for Euphonium and Trumpet, and Ken McCoy’s arrangement of “Wild about Harry.”

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Trumpeter/cornetist Master Sergeant Scott Gearhart

Trumpeter/cornetist Master Sergeant Scott Gearhart joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in June 1996. Master Sgt. Gearhart began his musical training at age 11. After graduating in 1987 from Westbrook High School in Beaumont, he earned a bachelor’s degree in music in 1994 from Lamar University in Beaumont, where he studied with the late Raul Ornelas. He also has studied trumpet with John Dewitt, Dennis Dotson and Richard Schaefer in Houston, and Bobby Shew in Los Angeles.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Master Sgt. Gearhart was a freelance musician and teacher in Houston.

He performed lead trumpet for the Marine Jazz Orchestra’s inaugural performance at the Kennedy Center, and frequently performs concerts with the Marine Chamber Ensembles. In 2004, Master Sgt. Gearhart conducted clinics and performed the Harry James Medley, accompanied by the Lamar University Jazz Band in Beaumont, Texas. In 2014, he performed lead trumpet for the U.S. Marine Corps All-Star Jazz Band.

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Trumpeter/cornetist Master Sergeant David Haglund

Trumpeter/cornetist Master Sergeant David Haglund joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in July 1992. Master Sgt. Haglund began his musical instruction at age 10. After graduating from Muskegon High School in 1982, he earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo in 1987 where he studied with Stephen Jones. MSgt Haglund also attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis where he studied with David Baldwin and Manny Laureano. 

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Master Sgt. Haglund was a trumpet instructor and director of bands at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, and band director at Garden City High School in Garden City, Mich.


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Trumpeter/cornetist Staff Sergeant Amy McCabe

Trumpeter/cornetist Staff Sergeant Amy McCabe joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in July 2006. Staff Sgt. McCabe began her musical instruction on piano at age 6 and trumpet at age 10. After graduating in 1997 from Herscher High School in Herscher, Ill., she earned her bachelor’s degree in music and elementary education from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington in 2001. She earned her master’s degree in trumpet performance in 2006 from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.  Her instructors included Charles Geyer and Barbara Butler of Northwestern University, and Steve Eggleston and Judith Saxon of Illinois Wesleyan University.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Staff Sgt. McCabe was a featured soloist in the Tony/ Emmy award winning show Blast!, and a member of MusiCorps, a music education and advocacy program designed to promote music awareness, appreciation, and training in the Chicago Public Schools. She performed with the Chicago Civic Orchestra, the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra in Charleston, S.C., and the Walt Disney World All-Star Collegiate Jazz Band and Christmas Brass in Orlando, Fla. She also received the Roger Voisin Trumpet Award while a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Mass. 

She was featured as cornet soloist in William Bolcom’s First Symphony for Band on the Marine Band’s 2011 educational recording “Flourishes and Meditations on a Renaissance Theme."

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Trumpeter/cornetist Staff Sergeant James McClarty

Trumpeter/cornetist Staff Sergeant James McClarty joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in February 2007. Staff Sgt. McClarty began his musical instruction on trumpet at age 12. After graduating in 1999 from Fossil Ridge High School in Keller, Texas, he earned his bachelor of music in trumpet performance from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas in 2003. He earned his master of music in trumpet performance in 2005 from Rice University in Houston. His notable instructors include Marie Speziale of Rice University and the Cincinnati Symphony, and Thomas Booth of SMU and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Staff Sgt. McClarty taught privately and was a freelance musician in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston. He also performed with the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra in Irving, Texas, and with the CAMP-of-the-WOODS music staff orchestra, in Speculator, N.Y.

In addition to his musical duties he also serves as an Anti Terrorism-Force Protection Officer coordinating security for Marine Band concert tours. 

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Trumpeter/cornetist Master Sergeant Michael Mergen

Trumpeter/cornetist Master Sergeant Michael Mergen joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in May 1999. Master Sgt. Mergen began his musical instruction at age 9. Upon graduating from Voorhees High School in Glen Gardner, N.J., in 1992, he attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music performance and education in 1996. In 1998, he earned a master’s degree in music performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., and in 2008 he earned a doctorate in trumpet performance from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. His instructors included the late Armando Ghitalla, Charles Daval, and Charles Geyer.    

 

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Master Sgt. Mergen performed with the Singapore Symphony in the Republic of Singapore, the Harrisburg Symphony in Pennsylvania, and was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Mass.

 

In 2001, he performed Eugéne Demaré’s “Cleopatra Polka” as a featured soloist on the national concert tour.

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Trumpet/cornetist Gunnery Sergeant Daniel Orban Jr.

Trumpet/cornetist Gunnery Sergeant Daniel Orban Jr. joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in September 1998. Gunnery Sgt. Orban graduated from Bowie High School in 1980, and received a bachelor’s degree (1984) and master’s degree in music performance (1993) from the University of Maryland in College Park. His trumpet instructors include Emerson Head of the University of Maryland and Charles Geyer, formerly of the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester in New York.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Gunnery Sgt. Orban was a member of the Naval Academy Band in Annapolis, Md., for nine years and was a trumpet instructor and director of jazz at Salisbury State University in Maryland.

In 2001, he performed then-Marine Band arranger Master Sgt. Stephen Bulla’s arrangement of “Tribute to Louis Armstrong” as a featured soloist on the national concert tour.

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Trumpeter/cornetist Master Sergeant Susan Rider

Trumpeter/cornetist Master Sergeant Susan Rider joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in July 1997. Master Sgt. Rider began her musical instruction at age 10. Upon graduating in 1985 from Northern University High School in Cedar Falls, she earned a bachelor’s degree in music in 1989 from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. She continued her studies at Indiana University in Bloomington, where in 1991 she earned a master’s degree in music and in 2000 earned a doctorate of music in brass pedagogy. Her trumpet instructors were Keith Johnson and Randy Grabowski of the University of Northern Iowa, and Charles Gorham and Edmund Cord of Indiana University.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Master Sgt. Rider performed with the Midland/Odessa Symphony in Texas, the Owensboro Symphony in Kentucky, and the Evansville Philharmonic and Columbus Indiana Philharmonic in Indiana. She also played in the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra in Charleston, S.C., and was a substitute with the New World Symphony in Miami. In addition to performing, she also taught studio trumpet in Odessa and at Purdue University in Indiana, and was an associate instructor at Indiana University for the brass and music education departments.

Master Sgt. Rider has appeared as a Marine Band guest soloist with groups including the Male High School Symphonic Band from Louisville, Ky., in 2001, the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony in 2005, and at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago. In 2010, she was a Marine Band guest soloist with the Hannaford Street Silver Band and a Monarch Brass ensemble member at the International Women’s Brass Conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In addition to her musical duties, MSgt Rider has served as a Tour Coordinator since 2003, advancing and serving as on-site manager during the band’s annual concert tour.

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Trumpeter/cornetist Gunnery Sergeant Robert Singer

Trumpeter/cornetist Gunnery Sergeant Robert Singer joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in August 2004. Gunnery Sgt. Singer began his musical instruction at age 4. Upon graduating in 1995 from South Lakes High School in Reston, he completed two years of study at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and then transferred to the University of Michigan (U-M) in Ann Arbor, where in 1999 he earned a bachelor’s degree in music. In 2002, Gunnery Sgt. Singer earned a master’s degree in music from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. His instructors include Charles Daval of the U-M, Barbara Butler of Northwestern University, and Steve Hendrickson, principal trumpet with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Gunnery Sgt. Singer was a member of the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra in Ohio. He also taught privately and freelanced in Cleveland, and performed with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, in Ohio, and the New World Symphony in Miami. In 2001, SSgt Singer performed with the Chicago Chamber Musicians.

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Trumpeter/cornetist Staff Sergeant Jeffrey Strong

Trumpeter/cornetist Staff Sergeant Jeffrey Strong joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in February 2009. Staff Sgt. Strong began his musical instruction on trumpet at age 12. After graduating in 2002 from Buchanan High School in Fresno, he earned his bachelor of music degree in trumpet performance from  the San Francisco Conservatory in 2006. He earned a master’s degree in music performance in 2008 from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., where he studied with Barbara Butler and Charles Geyer. He also studied with Chris Martin, principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Staff Sgt. Strong performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colo., and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in Minnesota.

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Trumpeter/cornetist Gunnery Sergeant Brian Turnmire

Trumpeter/cornetist Gunnery Sergeant Brian Turnmire joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in January 2003. Gysgt Turnmire began his musical instruction at age 6. Upon graduating from Ridgeland High School in Georgia in 1997 where he studied trumpet under Tina Erickson, he attended the University of Georgia in Athens, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music education in 2002 and studied with Fred Mills.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Gunnery Sgt. Turnmire was principal trumpet for the Chattanooga Symphony in Tennessee.

In 2011 he was featured as a tour soloist on Herbert L. Clarke’s “The Southern Cross.” He also performs with Free Country, the Marine Band’s country music ensemble. 

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Trumpeter/cornetist Staff Sergeant Michael Warnick

Trumpeter/cornetist Staff Sergeant Michael Warnick joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in August 2005. Staff Sgt. Warnick began his musical instruction on the trumpet at age 10. Upon graduating in 1996 from North Olmsted High School, he attended Cleveland State University (CSU) in Ohio where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music performance in 2001 and 2003. While at CSU, Staff Sgt. Warnick studied with Geoffrey Hardcastle of Center City Brass Quintet based in Cleveland, and Charles Couch formerly of the Cleveland Orchestra.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Staff Sgt. Warnick performed with the Northern Ohio Brass Quintet in Cleveland and the Blossom Festival Band in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. He also attended the Chautauqua Institution in New York, and a music masters course in Kazusa, Japan, where he studied with the Center City Brass Quintet.

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Trumpeter/cornetist Gunnery Sergeant Brad Weil

Trumpeter/cornetist Gunnery Sergeant Brad Weil joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in November 2004. Gunnery Sgt. Weil began his musical training at age 9. After graduating in 1998 from Jasper High School, he attended Indiana State University in Terre Haute, then transferred to Indiana University (IU) in Bloomington, where earned a bachelor’s degree in music performance in 2003. Gunnery Sgt. Weil also pursued graduate studies at IU, where he studied with Ed Cord and John Rommel. 

 

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Gunnery Sgt. Weil performed with the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra in Kentucky and the Fort Wayne Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Terre Haute Symphony, and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, all in Indiana.

He performed Kenny Baker’s “Virtuosity” as a featured soloist on the 2014 national concert tour.

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