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"The President's Own"


"The President's Own"

United States Marine Band

Colonel Jason K. Fettig, Director

Master Gunnery Sergeant Christopher McFarlane

Bassoonist Master Gunnery Sergeant Christopher McFarlane joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in March 1994. He was appointed principal bassoon in 2010. Master Gunnery Sgt. McFarlane began his musical instruction at age 9. After graduating from Williamsville South High School in 1986, he earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Indiana University (IU) in Bloomington 1990 and a master’s degree in music 1993 from Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge. He studied with Timothy McGovern of the University of Illinois, William Ludwig of LSU, Bernard Garfield of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Sidney Rosenberg of IU. 

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Master Gunnery Sgt. McFarlane performed with the Baton Rouge Symphony in Louisiana.

Master Sergeant Bernard Kolle

Bassoonist Master Sergeant Bernard Kolle joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in June 1995. Master Sgt. Kolle began his musical training at age 16. After graduating in 1980 from LycĂ©e de Vanves in Paris, he earned a first prize diploma in bassoon performance from the Conservatoire de Paris. In 1987 he was the first prize winner of The International Double Reed Society International Competition. His bassoon instructors were Maurice Allard of the Conservatoire de Paris, Gilbert Audin of the Conservatoire de Versailles in Paris, and Benjamin Kamins of Houston, Texas.

Prior to joining "The President's Own," Master Sgt. Kolle was principal bassoon with the Nevada Symphony Orchestra in Las Vegas, N.V., and lectured in bassoon and music theory at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

Staff Sergeant Stephen Rudman

Bassoonist Staff Sergeant Stephen Rudman joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in February 2020. Staff Sgt. Rudman began his musical training at age 5 on violin and piano, and age 10 in bassoon. After graduating from Le Roy Junior-Senior High School in 2011 in Le Roy, N.Y., he attended the State University of New York at Fredonia (SUNY) where he earned bachelor's degrees in music performance and sound recording technology in 2015. In 2017, he graduated from the Manhattan School of Music with a master's in classical bassoon performance. His bassoon instructors include Laura Koepke of SUNY, Frank Morelli of the Manhattan School of Music, and William Short of Temple University. Prior to joining the band, Staff Sgt. Rudman was principal bassoon with Symphony in C in New Jersey and taught at Millersville University in Pennsylvania.