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"The President's Own"

 

"The President's Own"

United States Marine Band

Colonel Jason K. Fettig, Director
French Horn

Master Sergeant Hilary Harding

 

French horn player Master Sergeant Hilary Harding joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in May 2003 and was appointed assistant principal horn in October 2012 and principal horn in May 2018. Master Sgt. Harding began her musical training at age 11. Upon graduating in 1996 from Caldwell County High School in Princeton, Ken., she attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Urbana, Ill., where in 2000 she earned a bachelor’s degree in music. In 2002, she earned a master’s degree in music from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and in 2007 she earned a doctorate of musical arts at the University of Maryland -College Park. Her horn instructors included Martin Hackleman of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., Peter Landgren of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Kazimierz Machala, formerly of the Sydney Symphony in Sydney, Australia. 

Master Sgt. Harding was featured as a tour soloist in 2008, performing Camille Saint-Saën’s “Morceau de Concert” Opus 94. In 2013, she performed the world première of James Stephenson’s transcription of his Sounds Awakened.

 

Gunnery Sergeant Jennifer Paul

French horn player Gunnery Sergeant Jennifer Paul joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in August 2004. She was appointed assistant section leader in January 2016 and section leader in May 2018. Gunnery Sgt. Paul began her musical training at age 10. Upon graduating in 1996 from Jacobs High School in Algonquin, she attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where in 2000 she earned a bachelor’s degree in music education. In 2003, she earned a master’s degree in music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Gunnery Sgt. Paul also received a professional study certificate in 2004 from Temple University in Philadelphia. Her notable horn instructors include Kazimierz Machala of the University of Illinois, Randy Gardner of the University of Cincinnati, and Adam Unsworth of Temple University.  

 

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Gunnery Sgt. Paul was the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory graduate teaching assistant for the horn studio from 2001-2003 and a freelance musician in Philadelphia.

 

Staff Sergeant Cecilia Buettgen

 

French horn player Staff Sergeant Cecilia Buettgen joined the “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in May 2013. Staff Sgt. Buettgen began her musical training on the horn at age 11. After graduating in 2004 from Sterling Heights High School, she earned a bachelor’s degree in 2008 from Western Michigan University (WMU) in Kalamazoo. In 2010, she earned a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). She studied with Lin Folk of WMU, Elizabeth Freimuth of CCM and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Randy Gardner of CCM and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Staff Sgt. Buettgen was the acting principal horn of the Beijing National Opera House in China and performed with the Columbus and Lima Symphony Orchestras in Ohio, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra in Newport, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra in Indiana, and the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra in St. Joseph.

 

Staff Sergeant Timothy Huizenga

French horn player Staff Sergeant Timothy Huizenga joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in July 2014. Staff Sgt. Huizenga began his musical training on piano at age 7 and French horn at age 10. After graduating in 2003 from Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, Ill., he attended the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music in 2007 and a performer diploma in horn performance in 2008. He studied with Myron Bloom of the Cleveland Orchestra, Jeff Nelsen of the Canadian Brass, and Wolfgang Vladar of the Vienna Philharmonic.

 Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Staff Sgt. Huizenga served in the United States Army Field Band in Ft. Meade, Md., for six years and was the principal horn of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic in Indiana.

 

Staff Sergeant Brigette Knox 

French horn player Staff Sergeant Brigette Knox joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in December 2013. Staff Sgt. Knox began her musical training on piano at age 7 and French horn at age 12. After graduating in 2003 from Eldorado High School in Albuquerque, she attended the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) in Ohio where she earned a bachelor’s degree in music performance in 2007. In 2009 she completed a master’s degree in music performance from The Juilliard School in New York. Staff Sgt. Knox has pursued doctoral studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) in Ohio. She studied with Rick Solis of CIM, William Purvis of Juilliard, and Randy Gardner of CCM.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Staff Sgt. Knox was the band and choir director for Central Catholic Junior-Senior High School in Lafayette, Ind. She performed regularly with the Santa Fe Concert Association and was on the faculty at the Sandia Music Festival in Albuquerque,both in New Mexico. She has also performed with the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra and Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra in Indiana, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra in Newport, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra in Connecticut.

Staff Sergeant Rebecca McLaughlin

French horn player Staff Sergeant Rebecca McLaughlin joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in November 2016. Staff Sgt. McLaughlin began her musical training on French horn at age 8. After graduating in 2006 from Hammond High School in Columbia, she attended the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University (IU) in Bloomington where she earned a bachelor’s degree in music education in 2010. She studied with Richard Seraphinoff of IU and Bruce Moore of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Staff Sgt. McLaughlin performed in the Disneyland All-American College Band in Anaheim, Calif.; and served in both the United States Army Field Band at Ft. Meade, Md., and the Eighth Army Band in Seoul, South Korea.

   

Gunnery Sergeant Douglas Quinzi

French horn player Gunnery Sergeant Douglas Quinzi joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in October 2004. Gunnery Sgt. Quinzi began his musical instruction at age 12. Upon graduating in 1997 from Las Cruces High School, he attended New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, where in 2002 he earned a bachelor’s degree in music education. In 2004, he earned a master’s degree in French horn performance from the University of Maryland- College Park (UMD). He presently is pursuing a doctorate of musical arts at UMD. His horn instructors included Nancy Joy of New Mexico State University, Gregory Miller of UMD, and Martin Hackleman formerly of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C.

 

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Gunnery Sgt. Quinzi performed with the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, was a finalist in the 2000 International Horn Society Competition, and was a freelance musician in the Washington, D.C., area.


Master Sergeant Greta Richard

French horn player Master Sergeant Greta Richard joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in June 2000. Master Sgt. Richard began her musical career at age 11. Upon graduating in 1992 from Mahtomedi High School Mahtomedi, Minn., she attended Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y., where she earned a dual bachelor’s degree in music education and performance in 1997. In 2000, she earned a master’s degree in music performance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Her instructors included Jack Covert of Ithaca College and Gregory Hustis of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.  

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Master Sgt. Richard performed with the Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in Durban, South Africa; the Dallas Wind Symphony; and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.