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"The President's Own"

 

"The President's Own"

United States Marine Band

Colonel Jason K. Fettig, Director
Trombone

Gunnery Sergeant Samuel Barlow

Trombonist Gunnery Sergeant Samuel Barlow joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in June 2004. He was named principal trombone in 2013 and assistant section leader in 2017. Gunnery Sgt. Barlow began his musical training at age 12. Upon graduating in 1995 from Northside High School in Jackson, he attended Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn., where in 2000 he earned a bachelor’s degree in music education. In 2003, he earned a master’s degree in music performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory in Ohio. His trombone instructors included Susan K. Smith from Austin Peay State University and Cincinnati Symphony principal trombone Cristian Ganicenko.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Gunnery Sgt. Barlow performed with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra in Ohio.

In 2010 he was featured as a tour soloist on Stephen Bulla’s arrangement Southwest Showcase and on the 2014 tour he performed Arthur Pryor’s Fantastic Polka.


Master Gunnery Sergeant Chris Clark

Trombonist Master Gunnery Sergeant Chris Clark joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in August 1999. He was appointed section leader in 2008. Master Gunnery Sgt. Clark began his musical instruction at age 11 under the tutelage of his father, Jimmy Clark. He graduated in 1991 from Commerce High School, where he studied with the late Dr. Neill H. Humfeld. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia in 1995 where he studied with Glenn Dodson, a former member of the Marine Band and principal trombone of the Philadelphia Orchestra. In 1997, he earned a master’s degree in music from The Juilliard School in New York where he studied with Joseph Alessi, principal trombonist of the New York Philharmonic. Master Gunnery Sgt. Clark earned his doctorate in musical arts from the Catholic University of America in May 2009, where he studied with David Fedderly.

Prior to joining the band, Master Gunnery Sgt. Clark was a freelance trombonist in New York.

In 2010 he was featured as a tour soloist on Stephen Bulla’s arrangement Southwest Showcase.

Watch Master Gunnery Sgt. Clark perform William H. Penn's "The Honeysuckle and the Bee" and Arthur Pryor's "Annie Laurie."

Master Sergeant Darren Bange

Trombonist Master Sergeant Darren Bange joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in May 2001. Master Sgt. Bange began his musical career at the age of 5. Upon graduating in 1995 from Owings Mills High School in Owings Mills, Md., he attended the Peabody Conservatory of the John Hopkins University in Baltimore, where he received a bachelor’s degree in 1999 and a master’s degree in 2001. His trombone instructors were David Fetter and James Olin.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Master Sgt. Bange played with the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra and the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, both in Maryland.



Gunnery Sergeant Timothy Dugan


Trombonist Gunnery Sergeant Timothy Dugan joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in August 2003 and was appointed assistant principal in 2017. Gunnery Sgt. Dugan began his musical training at age 9. Upon graduating in 1996 from Ocean City High School, he attended The College of New Jersey in Ewing, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music education in 2000. In 2003, he earned a master’s degree in music performance from Indiana University in Bloomington. His trombone instructors included Donald Harwood from The College of New Jersey, and M. Dee Stewart and Peter Ellefson from Indiana University.





Gunnery Sergeant Preston Hardage

Trombonist Gunnery Sergeant Preston Hardage joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in October 2004. Gunnery Sgt. Hardage began his musical career at age 12. After graduating from Parkway Central High School in Chesterfield in 1999, he earned a bachelor’s degree in music and performer’s certificate in 2004 from Indiana University in Bloomington. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. His instructors included Jim Martin of St. Louis, Roger Oyster of the Kansas City Symphony in Missouri, and Carl Lenthe of Indiana University, formerly with the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Germany.   

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Gunnery Sgt. Hardage performed with the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckinridge, Colo.

In addition to his musical duties, he serves as an Anti Terrorism-Force Protection Officer coordinating security for Marine Band concert tours. 


Staff Sergeant Christopher Reaves

Trombonist Staff Sergeant Christopher Reaves joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in February 2013. Staff Sgt. Reaves began his musical instruction on piano at age nine and trombone at age 11. He graduated in 2003 from Widefield High School in Colorado Springs where he studied with Sandra Bell. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music from The Juilliard School in New York in 2007 where he studied with Joe Alessi, principal trombone with the New York Philharmonic. He also studied with Jan Kagarice in 2010 while pursuing an artist certificate at the University of North Texas in Denton.

Prior to joining the band, Staff Sgt. Reaves performed with the Harlem Symphony Orchestra and the Manhattan Symphonie, both in New York, and freelanced in Colorado Springs, New York, and in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

 

Staff Sergeant Russell Sharp

Trombonist Staff Sergeant Russell Sharp joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in January 2017. Staff Sgt. Sharp began his musical instruction on trombone at age 11 and graduated in 2001 from Mustang High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in trombone performance from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond in 2006 where he studied with Dr. Kent Kidwell, retired principal trombone with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. In 2007, he earned a master’s degree in trombone performance from Oklahoma City University’s Wanda L. Bass School of Music. He has also studied with Lee Rogers, principal trombone with the Washington National Opera in Washington, D.C.

Prior to joining the band, he was the principal trombone with the U.S. Naval Academy Band in Annapolis, Md., from 2007-16. He was also a substitute with the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra in Washington, D.C.; the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania; the Oklahoma City Philharmonic; and the Annapolis Symphony in Maryland.