Master Gunnery Sergeant Donald Patterson
Music production chief/Staff arranger Master Gunnery Sergeant Donald Patterson joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band as a trombonist in August 1991. He joined the music production staff in 2003. Master Gunnery Sgt. Patterson began his musical training at age 12. After graduating in 1979 from Galena Park High School, he earned a bachelor’s degree in music education at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, where he studied with Henry Howey.
Master Gunnery Sgt. Patterson is responsible for the production of music that encompasses many styles and instrumental combinations, many of which are performed at the White House, in the Washington, D.C., area, and across the country during the band’s annual concert tour. His transcriptions of Fete Polonaise by Emmanuel Chabrier, Festive Overture by Dmitri Shostakovich, and Feste Romane by Ottorino Respighi are featured on the Marine Band’s 2009 educational recording “Feste
.” Most recently he has arranged or transcribed Dances from Estancia
by Alberto Ginastera, Scapino
by William Walton, and 57/7 Dash
by Melinda Wagner.
Staff Sergeant Scott Ninmer
Arranger Staff Sergeant Scott Ninmer joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in September 2014. Staff Sgt. Ninmer began his musical instruction on piano at age 4, trombone at age 8, and in composing and arranging at age 12. After graduating in 2007 from Taylorville High School, he earned a bachelor’s degree in jazz trombone performance in 2011 from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (UI). In 2013, he earned a master’s degree in jazz composition from the Manhattan School of Music in New York. He studied trombone with Jim Pugh of UI and composition with Jim McNeely of the Manhattan School and Jonathan Tunick, the Tony, Emmy, Grammy, and Academy Award-winning Broadway orchestrator. Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Staff Sgt. Ninmer was a freelance composer, arranger, and copyist in New York.