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“The President’s Own”

United States Marine Band

Lieutenant Colonel Jason K. Fettig, Director
Percussion
Master Gunnery Sergeant Mark Latimer

Percussionist Master Gunnery Sergeant Mark Latimer joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in January 1997. He was appointed principal percussion and section commander in 1999. Master Gunnery Sgt. Latimer began his musical training at age 8 when he started instruction with John Kasica of the St. Louis Symphony. Upon graduating from Vianney High School in Kirkwood, Mo. In 1986, he earned a bachelor’s degree in music performance from Indiana University in Bloomington in 1993. His instructors included George Gaber and Gerald Carylss of Indiana University.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Master Gunnery Sgt. Latimer was principal timpanist of the American Soviet Youth Orchestra under the direction of Leonard Slatkin. He also was a member of the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckinridge, Colo., and the Summit Brass Ensemble in Denver.

Watch Master Gunnery Sgt. Latimer's interview about the 2013 Inauguration.

Master Gunnery Sergeant Christopher Rose

Percussionist Master Gunnery Sergeant Christopher Rose joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in October 1997 and was named assistant principal percussionist in February 2001. Master Gunnery Sgt. Rose began his musical training at age 10. Upon graduating from Chamblee High School in Chamblee, Ga., in 1986, he attended Rice University in Houston where he earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music both in 1991. His percussion instructor was Richard Brown.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Master Gunnery Sgt. Rose served as an extra with both the Houston Symphony and New York City Opera. Additionally, he performed for five years with Andy Williams at his Moon River Theater in Branson, Mo.

He has performed Joseph Schwantner’s Percussion Concerto on numerous occasions, including for the Marine Band’s 2001 performance at the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) conference in Lucern, Switzerland, and The Midwest Clinic, International Conference for Band and Orchestra, in Chicago in 2004. He was a featured tour soloist in 2007, performing William Childs’ Percussion Concerto and has also performed Michael Colgrass’ Déjà vu with the Marine Band. In 2009, MGySgt Rose performed Jennifer Higdon’s Percussion Concerto at WASBE in Cincinnati.

Gunnery Sergeant Jonathan Bisesi

Percussionist Gunnery Sergeant Jonathan Bisesi joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in May 2004. GySgt Bisesi began his musical training at age 8. After graduating in 1996 from Orchard Park High School, he earned a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) in 2000, and in 2002 received a master’s degree in music from Boston University. His percussion instructors include Allen Otte of CCM and Timothy Genis of Boston University.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” GySgt Bisesi was a teaching associate in percussion at Boston University and a fellow of Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Mass.

In 2006 he performed The Golden Age of the Xylophone, arranged by Floyd E. Werle and Randy Eyles, and in 2008 he attended the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Austin, Texas, as a member of the Marine Band percussion quintet. In 2011, he was a tour soloist performing Pablo de Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen, Opus 20, transcribed for xylophone by former Marine Band arranger Thomas Knox.

Staff Sergeant David Constantine

Percussionist Staff Sergeant David Constantine joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in October 2011. Staff Sgt. Constantine began his musical training at age 8. After graduating in 1998 from Aloha High School in Beaverton, he attended the University of Oregon in Eugene where he received a bachelor of music degree in percussion performance in 2003 and a master of music degree in percussion performance in 2005. He earned his doctor of music degree in percussion performance from Indiana University in Bloomington in 2012. His instructors include the late Charles Dowd of the University of Oregon, and Anthony Cirone and John Tafoya of Indiana University.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Staff Sgt. Constantine performed with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra in New York and the Oregon Coast Music Festival Orchestra of Coos Bay. He also served as principal timpani with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and Terre Haute Symphony of Indiana.

In 2012, he performed Askell Masson’s Konzertstück for snare drum during a Chamber Music Series concert.

Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Maloy Jr.

Percussionist Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Maloy Jr.  joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in January 1999. Gunnery Sgt. Maloy began his musical training at age 9. After graduating from Clinton Central High School in 1985, he earned a bachelor’s degree in music from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. in 1999. He continued his studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he earned a master’s degree in music in 1991. His percussion instructors were John Beck of Eastman and Doug Howard of the Dallas Symphony.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Gunnery Sgt. Maloy was a member of the United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C., and performed with the Dallas and Fort Worth Symphonies in Texas.


Staff Sergeant Michael Metzger

Percussionist Staff Sergeant Michael Metzger joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in July 2005. Staff Sgt. Metzger began his musical training at age 3. Upon graduating in 2001, from Parkview High School in Lilburn, he earned a bachelor’s degree in 2005 from the Manhattan School of Music in New York. Staff Sgt. Metzger studied with Chris Lamb of the New York Philharmonic, Duncan Patton of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and Erik Charlston of New York.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Staff Sgt. Metzger was the drummer/background vocalist for southern rock band OverflO and drummer/lead vocalist for BBCB, the Beach Boys Cover Band. He also worked as a freelance musician in New York and performed with the Columbia University Orchestra and Manhattan Percussion Ensemble, both in New York.


Master Sergeant David Murray

Percussionist Master Sergeant David Murray joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in June 1992. MSgt Murray began his musical training at age 12. After graduating in 1986 from Caddo Parish Magnet High School in Shreveport, he earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Rice University in Houston in 1991, where he studied with Richard Brown. He earned a master’s degree in music from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. in 1996, where he studied with former Marine Band percussionist John Beck.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” MSgt Murray toured with the American-Soviet Youth Orchestra, conducted by Leonard Slatkin, and studied at the Grand Teton Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyo., the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, and at the Jazz in July Summer Music Program at the University of Massachusetts, in Amherst, Mass., with Max Roach.

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

Staff Sergeant Gerald Novak

Percussionist Staff Sergeant Gerald Novak joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in December 2006. Staff Sgt. Novak began his musical instruction on piano at age 4 and percussion at age 9. After graduating in 1991 from Alamogordo High School, he earned his bachelor’s degree in music education from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, in 1996. He earned his master’s degree in orchestral percussion performance in 1998 from Temple University in Philadelphia. His instructors included Alan Abel of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Larry Vanlandingham of Baylor University and Erik Forrester of the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Staff Sgt. Novak was principal percussion and a founding member of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in Kuala Lumpur, and also served as acting principal percussion with the London Symphony Orchestra in England. He has performed with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in the Republic of Singapore; the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in Poole, Dorset in England; the Haddonfield Symphony in New Jersey; Delaware Symphony Orchestra in Wilmington; and the Waco Symphony Orchestra in Texas. He also toured with the American Wind Symphony, based in Pittsburgh, attended the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, and was a member of the National Orchestral Institute in College Park, Md., and the Spoleto USA Festival Orchestra in Charleston, S.C.

Gunnery Sergeant Steven Owen

Percussionist Gunnery Sergeant Steven Owen joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in December 2003. Gunnery Sgt. Owen began his musical instruction on percussion at age 12. After graduating in 1990 from Springfield High School in Oregon he attended the University of Oregon in Eugene where he studied with the late Charles Dowd and received a bachelor of music in 1995. He continued his studies at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester in New York where he studied with former Marine Band percussionist John Beck and earned master’s in musical arts and a performer’s certificate in 1997, and a doctoral degree in musical arts in 2000.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Gunnery Sgt. Owen  performed with the Army Field Band in Fort Meade, Md.; the Rochester Philharmonic in N.Y.; and the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra and Eugene Symphony, both in Eugene.

Master Sergeant Glenn Paulson

Percussionist Master Sergeant Glenn Paulson joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in July 1997. Master Sgt. Paulson began his musical training at age 6. Upon graduating in 1985 from Clinton Central High School, he attended the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester in New York, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music. He continued his studies at the Juilliard School in New York, where he earned a master’s degree in music. His percussion instructors were Herb Flower, principal percussion with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra in New York, John Beck from Eastman, and both Buster Bailey and Roland Kohloff from the New York Philharmonic.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Master Sgt. Paulson was principal timpani with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra in Spain and was an extra with both the New York Philharmonic and New Jersey Symphony. He also performed on the Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber music tour and played on Broadway in The King and I.

Gunnery Sergeant Kenneth Wolin

Percussionist Gunnery Sergeant Kenneth Wolin joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in October 1997. Gunnery Sgt. Wolin began his musical training at age 8. After graduating from Oak Park High School in 1985, he attended Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio where he earned a bachelor’s degree in percussion performance in 1989. He continued his studies at the University of Michigan (U-M) in Ann Arbor where he earned a master’s degree in percussion performance in 1991. His percussion instructors were Michael Rosen of Oberlin Conservatory, Michael Udow of the U-M and Sam Tundo of the Detroit Symphony.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own” Gunnery Sgt. Wolin performed with the Rhode Island Philharmonic in Providence, Sarasota Opera in Florida, and served as an extra with the Detroit Symphony, Toledo Symphony in Ohio, Springfield Symphony in Massachusetts and New Hampshire Symphony in Manchester. Additionally, he performed professionally throughout the state of Massachusetts as a marimba soloist.