The Operations Office serves as liaison to the White House Military Office for Marine Band and Marine Chamber Orchestra White House commitments and to Headquarters Marine Corps Public Affairs for commitments assigned by the Commandant of the Marine Corps. They are responsible for proposing and implementing the band’s daily work schedule, coordinating ceremonial events with the Military District of Washington, and overseeing audition procedures.
Master Sergeant Preston Mitchell
Operations Specialist Master Sergeant Preston Mitchell joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in May 1997 as a librarian and was appointed to the Operations staff in August 2003. Master Sgt. Mitchell began studying the trumpet at age 16. After graduating from Lubbock High School in 1987, he attended Texas Tech University (TTU) in Lubbock, receiving both bachelor’s (1991) and master’s (1996) degrees in music education. He studied with Pamela Ward of Lubbock and Richard Tolley of TTU.
Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Master Sgt. Mitchell was the assistant band director for the Abernathy Independent School District and Lubbock High School in Texas, and a graduate teaching assistant with the Texas Tech University Bands.
Gunnery Sergeant Julia Piorkowski
Operations Assistant Gunnery Sergeant Julia Piorkowski joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in October 2004 as a librarian and joined the Operations staff in March 2012. Gunnery Sgt. Piorkowski began her musical training on the French horn at age 9. After graduating in 1995 from Rosary High School in Aurora, she attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she earned a bachelor’s degree in French horn performance and studied with Kazimierz Machala. She received her master’s degree in 2003 and completed her doctoral studies in 2004 at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Randy Gardner.
Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Gunnery Sgt. Piorkowski was a freelance musician and private teacher in the Cincinnati area.
Gunnery Sergeant Steven Williams
Operations assistant Gunnery Sergeant Steven Williams joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in April 2013 as the Assistant Drum Major and became an Operations Assistant in June 2017. Gunnery Sgt. Williams began his musical training on trumpet at age 8. After graduating from Lampeter-Strasburg High School in Lancaster in 2002, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in Beaufort, S.C. Following recruit training, he attended Marine Combat Training and the basic course at the Armed Forces School of Music in Little Creek, Va., as a trumpet player. He then received orders to the 2D Marine Aircraft Wing Band in Cherry Point, N.C. From January to September 2005 he was deployed to the Al Anbar Province in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom III. In 2006, he received orders to the Albany Marine Band in Georgia and the School of Music Leaders Course. Prior to joining “The President’s Own” he was stationed with the 2D Marine Division Band at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
As Assistant Drum Major for “The President’s Own,” he led the band in ceremonial commitments and, as the Company Gunnery Sergeant, he oversaw unit and new member training. He also marched on the Marine Barracks Washington Evening Parade Staff for two seasons.