Flutist Gunnery Sergeant Heather Zenobia of Louisville joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in September 2006.
Gunnery Sgt. Zenobia began her musical instruction on piano at age 6 and flute at age 9. After graduating in 1997 from Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville, she earned her bachelor’s degree in music from Cleveland Institute of Music in 2001. She earned her master’s degree in flute performance in 2006 from New England Conservatory in Boston, Mass. Her notable instructors included Elizabeth Rowe, principal flute of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jeanne Baxtresser, former principal flute of the New York Philharmonic, and Joshua Smith, principal flute of the Cleveland Orchestra.
Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Gunnery Sgt. Zenobia was co-principal flute with the Hingham Symphony in Hingham, Mass., and was a member of the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckinridge, Colo. She also was a fellow at Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Mass., and a member of the National Orchestral Institute in College Park, Md.
Gunnery Sgt. Zenobia performs with the Marine Band and Marine Chamber Orchestra at the White House, in the Washington, D.C., area, and across the country during the band’s annual concert tour.