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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 Lycée 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 David Young

Bassoonist Staff Sergeant David Young joined "The President's Own" United States Marine Band in August 2015. Staff Sgt. Young began his musical instruction on clarinet at age 9 and bassoon at age 11, and graduated from River Hill High School in Clarksville in 2009. He earned a bachelor's degree in music from the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University (NU) in Evanston, Ill., in 2013, where he also studied for a semester at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. His teachers included Christopher Millard of NU and principal bassoon of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada; Lewis Kirk of NU and the Lyric Opera of Chicago; and Sue Heineman, principal bassoon of the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) in Washington, D.C. 

Prior to joining "The President's Own," Staff Sgt. Young was acting second principal bassoon with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway and adjunct professor at Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Md. He has also performed with the NSO, the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Fla., the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Chicago Composer's Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colo., the Banff Festival Orchestra in Canada, and the Washington, D.C., based woodwind quintet District 5.