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"The President's Own"

 

"The President's Own"

United States Marine Band

Colonel Jason K. Fettig, Director
Drum Majors

Master Gunnery Sergeant Duane F. King

Master Gunnery Sergeant Duane F. King is the 40th Drum Major of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. He joined the Marine Band in May 2014.

Master Gunnery Sgt. King began his musical training on trumpet at age 10. After graduating from Terry Parker High School in Jacksonville in 1994, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in Beaufort, S.C. Following recruit training, he attended the basic course at the Armed Forces School of Music in Little Creek, Va., as a trumpet player then received orders to the Marine Corps Band New Orleans in October 1995.

In 2000, Master Gunnery Sgt. King received orders to the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Band in Twentynine Palms, Calif., then returned to the School of Music where he completed the Ceremonial Conductor/Drum Major course in 2002. After completing the course he reported to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island Band and remained there until 2005 when he returned to the Marine Corps Band New Orleans, serving as the drum major.

In June 2010, Master Gunnery Sgt. King was selected to be the Assistant Drum Major of “The President’s Own.” As Assistant Drum Major, he led the band in ceremonial commitments and, as the company gunnery sergeant, he was responsible for unit and new member training. Following his tour as assistant drum major, he returned to the Marine Corps Band New Orleans where he served as drum major.

As Drum Major of “The President’s Own,” Master Gunnery Sgt. King serves as the senior enlisted member of the unit and is responsible for the band’s appearance, ceremonial drill, and military decorum. He is charged with directing the band in ceremonial commitments, including the inaugural parade, and will regularly lead the band in review for U.S. Presidents, heads of state, and international dignitaries.

Gunnery Sergeant Monica Preston

Assistant Drum Major Gunnery Sergeant Monica Preston of Massillon, Ohio, joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in July 2019.

Gunnery Sgt. Preston began her musical training on clarinet at age 10. She graduated in 1999 from Perry High School in Massillon, and attended the University of Akron where she earned a bachelor’s in Music Education in 2004. In 2005, Gunnery Sgt. Preston enlisted in the Marine Corps and attended recruit training at Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Beaufort, S.C. Following Marine Combat Training at Camp Geiger in Jacksonville, N.C., and the Basic Music Course at the Naval School of Music in Norfolk, Va., she was assigned to the Quantico Marine Corps Band in Quantico, Va. In 2009, Gunnery Sgt. Preston was transferred to the Marine Forces Pacific Band in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, where she earned the additional military occupational specialty of Combat Marksmanship Trainer. During her time with the Marine Forces Pacific Band, Gunnery Sgt. Preston performed for international community relations events across the globe, visiting American Samoa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, China, Cambodia, and Mongolia with the concert band. She returned to the Naval School of Music in 2013 to complete the Unit Leader Course and was then transferred to the Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band in Miramar, Calif., where she led as Acting Enlisted Conductor and Acting Drum Major. Gunnery Sgt. Preston was chosen to attend the Naval School of Music for a third time in 2016 where she was officially selected for the billet of Drum Major. After graduating the Senior Musician Course in 2017, she served as Drum Major for the Second Marine Aircraft Wing Band in Cherry Point, N.C., and in July 2019, Gunnery Sgt. Preston joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band as the Assistant Drum Major.

As Assistant Drum Major for “The President’s Own,” Gunnery Sgt. Preston leads the band in ceremonial commitments and, as the company gunnery sergeant, she is responsible for unit and new member training.