Master Sergeant Donald Patterson
Music production chief/Staff arranger Master 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. MSgt 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.
Staff Sergeant Ryan Nowlin
Staff arranger Staff Sergeant Ryan Nowlin joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in July 2010. Staff Sergeant Nowlin began his musical instruction on piano at age 5, trumpet at age 10, and French horn at age 17. Upon graduating in 1996 from North Royalton High School in Ohio, he attended Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Ohio, where he earned a bachelor of music and master of music in music education and conducting. He studied with Herbert Spencer and Bruce Moss at BGSU, and he also studied with prolific composer Anne McGinty.
Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” SSgt Nowlin was an instructor at BGSU and served as a staff arranger for the BGSU Falcon Marching Band as well as the Kansas State University Marching Band in Manhattan. He was the band director at Jackson City Schools in Ohio and most recently was the director of bands at Brecksville-Broadview Heights School District in Ohio.