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Marine Band Members
Master Sgt. Russell Wilson

Pianist Master Sergeant Russell Wilson of Clinton, Md., joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in September 2002.

Master Sgt. Wilson began his musical instruction on piano at age 7 with Gail McDonald. After graduating in 1999 from Surrattsville High School in Clinton, he earned his bachelor’s degree in classical piano in 2004 and a master’s degree in jazz in 2007, both from the University of Maryland, College Park studying with Cleveland Page (piano) and Ron Elliston (jazz).

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” he was a freelance accompanist, performed at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, and worked aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines, performing solo classical recitals and as a member of a show band.

As a pianist and accordion player with “The President's Own,” Master Sgt. Wilson performs at the White House and home of the Commandant for State Dinners, receptions, and similar functions. He is a frequent soloist and has performed Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos in E flat, Respighi’s Concerto a Cinque, and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with both the Marine Band and Marine Chamber Orchestra. He also was a 2011 tour soloist, performing Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor, Opus 16.