Staff Sergeant Andrew Dees
Clarinetist Staff Sergeant Andrew Dees joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in October 2010. He was appointed to the position of primary bass clarinet in March 2017. Staff Sgt. Dees began his musical training on clarinet at age 11. After graduating from Lloyd V. Berkner High School in Richardson, Texas, in 2001, he attended Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music performance in 2005. In 2006, he earned a master’s degree in music performance from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. His instructors included Paul Garner of SMU and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Forest Aten of the Dallas Opera Orchestra, Steve Cohen of Northwestern University, and J. Lawrie Bloom of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Staff Sgt. Dees was a freelance musician and taught privately in Richardson.
Watch Staff Sgt. Dees perform Michael Henry's Birdwatching.
Staff Sergeant Shannon Kiewitt
Clarinetist Staff Sergeant Shannon Kiewitt joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in January 2011. She was appointed to the bass clarinet section in March 2017. Staff Sgt. Kiewitt began her musical training on clarinet at age 10. After graduating from Gatlinburg-Pittman High School in Gatlinburg, Tenn., in 1995, she attended Indiana University in Bloomington, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in music performance in 1999 and a master’s degree in music performance in 2001. Her instructors include Howard Klug and Alfred Prinz of Indiana University.
Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Staff Sgt. Kiewitt was a member of the United States Army Field Band in Fort Meade, Md., and the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band in Fort Monroe, Va. She also performed at the 1999 Belgian Clarinet Academy in Ostend, Belgium, attended the International Orchestra Institute Attergau in Upper Austria in 2000 and was a semi-finalist in the International Clarinet Association Young Artist Competition in 2003.
Watch Staff Sgt. Kiewitt perform Brian Perkins's Lure for B-flat Clarinet Trio.