Master Sergeant Jihoon Chang
Bass clarinetist Master Sergeant Jihoon Chang joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in October 1990. MSgt Chang began his musical instruction at age 12. Upon graduating in 1984 from Granite City High School, he earned a bachelor’s degree in music in 1988 from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, where he studied clarinet with Howard Klug. He continued his education at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., where he studied with Ken Grant of the Rochester Philharmonic and earned a master’s degree in music in 1990. In 2010, he received his doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Maryland in College Park.
MSgt Chang has been featured as a soloist and appears frequently in the Marine chamber music program.
Watch MSgt Chang's interview in Korean about the 2013 Inauguration.
Master Gunnery Sergeant Jay Niepoetter
Bass clarinetist Master Gunnery Sergeant Jay Niepoetter joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in June 1988. MGySgt Niepoetter began his musical instruction at age 7. Upon graduating from Centralia High School in 1983, he attended Northern Illinois University (NIU) in DeKalb, Ill., where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music performance in 1988. While at NIU, he studied clarinet with Melvin Warner of Dekalb and J. Lawrie Bloom of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In 1996, MGySgt Niepoetter completed a master’s degree in music performance at the University of Maryland -College Park (UMD) and won the Homer L. Ulrich Award for excellence in performance. He completed his doctor of musical arts degree at UMD in 2004.
Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” MGySgt Niepoetter was a member of the Rockford Symphony Orchestra in Rockford, Ill., and a member of the Wheaton and DeKalb Municipal Bands, also in Illinois.
He performed as a soloist in Centralia on the Marine Band’s 1999 tour. He also coordinates educational outreach clinics on tour.