Clarinetist Master Sergeant William Bernier of Easthampton, Mass., joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in July 2002.
Master Sgt. Bernier began his musical training at age 9. After graduating in 1993 from Easthampton High School, he earned a bachelor’s degree in music from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester in New York in 1998. He continued his education at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, earning a master’s degree in music in 2000. He has studied under Kenneth Grant, Ronald DeKant, and Michael Sussman.
Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” he was a member of the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra in Newport. He also performed with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra in Ohio, and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra in Indiana.
Master Sgt. Bernier performs with the Marine Band and Marine Chamber Orchestra at the White House, in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, and across the country during the band’s annual concert tour. In 2006 he performed Richard Strauss’ Duet Concertino for Clarinet and Bassoon with the Marine Chamber Orchestra and in 2007 performed Claude Debussy’s Premiere Rhapsodie with the Marine Band.