Master Sergeant Christopher McFarlane
Bassoonist Master Sergeant Christopher McFarlane joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in March 1994. He was appointed principal bassoon in 2010. Master Sgt. McFarlane began his musical instruction at age 9. After graduating from Williamsville South High School in 1986, he earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Indiana University (IU) in Bloomington 1990 and a master’s degree in music 1993 from Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge. He studied with Timothy McGovern of the University of Illinois, William Ludwig of LSU, Bernard Garfield of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Sidney Rosenberg of IU.
Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Master Sgt. McFarlane performed with the Baton Rouge Symphony in Louisiana.
Gunnery Sergeant Bernard Kolle
Bassoonist Gunnery Sergeant Bernard Kolle joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in June 1995. Gunnery Sgt. Kolle began his musical training at age 16. After graduating in 1980 from Lycée de Vanves in Paris, he earned a first prize diploma in bassoon performance from the Conservatoire de Paris. In 1987 he was the first prize winner of The International Double Reed Society International Competition. His bassoon instructors were Maurice Allard of the Conservatoire de Paris, Gilbert Audin of the Conservatoire de Versailles in Paris, and Benjamin Kamins of Houston, Texas.
Prior to joining the band, Gunnery Sgt. Kolle was principal bassoon with the Nevada Symphony Orchestra in Las Vegas, N.V., and lectured in bassoon and music theory at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.