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Marine Band Members
Librarian
Staff Sgt. Philip Espe

Librarian Staff Sergeant Philip Espe of San Diego, Calif., joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in May 2022.

Staff Sgt. Espe began his musical training on piano at age 5, clarinet at age 9 and conducting at age 16. In 2007 he graduated from Coronado School of the Arts in Coronado, Calif., and then attended DePaul University in Chicago, where he graduated in 2011 with a bachelor’s of music in clarinet performance. Staff Sgt. Espe also earned an artist diploma in conducting from San Diego State University (SDSU) in 2013, a master’s of music in orchestral conducting from Northwestern University (NU) in 2015, and a master’s of science in library science from the University of North Texas in 2022. His notable instructors include Wagner Campos and Julie DeRoche of DePaul University, Matthew Rowe of SDSU, and Victor Yampolsky of NU.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Staff Sgt. Espe was a library associate for youth and family services for the DC Public Library and music director of the NIH Community Orchestra in Maryland. From 2015-2017, he was also conductor of the DC Youth Orchestra Program, where he managed the El Sistema music education program for the children’s orchestra; collaborated with the Kennedy Center’s Turnaround Arts program and artists Esperanza Spaulding, Joshua Bell and Yo-Yo Ma; and led a tour to Chile. From 2013-2015, he was a conducting teaching artist for The People’s Music School in Chicago.

As a Marine Band Librarian, Staff Sgt. Espe prepares music for performances by the Marine Band and Marine Chamber Orchestra, serves as the music acquisition specialist, and assists with maintaining the music library and historic archives.

Members

Master Sgt. Richard Dickerson
Stage Manager

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Master Gunnery Sgt. Charles Terry Jr.
Chief Stage Manager

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Cpl. Jerry Herrera
Supply Clerk

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Cpl. William Cooks
Supply Clerk

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Lance Cpl. Jacob Harpe
Supply Clerk

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Master Sgt. Kathryn Woltanski
Supply Chief

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Lance Cpl. Guillermo Martinez
Administrative Clerk

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Staff Sgt. Davin BrinkClapp
Administrative Chief

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Cpl. Omar Andres
Administrative Clerk

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Gunnery Sgt. Jamie Schwendinger
Information Systems Administrator

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Staff Sgt. Dahrion Johnson
Information Systems Administrator

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Staff Sgt. Christian Thesken
Digital Content Creator

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Master Sgt. Brian Rust
Creative Lead / Assistant Communication Strategy Chief

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Staff Sgt. Isaac Mei
Communication Strategist

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Master Sgt. Rachel Ghadiali
Communication Strategy Chief

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Staff Sgt. Tucker Broadbooks
Communication Strategist

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Staff Sgt. Chase Baran
Senior Communication Strategist

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Staff Sgt. Aram Piligian
Recording Engineer

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Staff Sgt. Ophir Paz
Assistant Chief Recording Engineer

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Staff Sgt. Claude Lumley
Video Recording Engineer

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Staff Sgt. Daniel Fookson
Video Recording Engineer

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Gunnery Sgt. Michael Ducassoux
Chief Recording Engineer

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Staff Sgt. Jacob Cypher
Recording Engineer

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Staff Sgt. Elena Specht
Librarian

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Gunnery Sgt. Charles Paul
Chief Librarian & Historian

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Gunnery Sgt. Tilden Olsen
Assistant Chief Librarian

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Staff Sgt. Tammy Lau
Librarian

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Staff Sgt. Bradley Geneser
Librarian

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Staff Sgt. Anya Brodrick
Librarian

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Master Sgt. Steven Williams
Operations Chief

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Staff Sgt. Jacob LeJeune
Operations Specialist

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Master Sgt. Jennifer Jensen
Operations Specialist

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Gunnery Sgt. Scott Ninmer
Arranger

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