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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.

Staff Sergeant Matthew Gregoire

Bassoonist Staff Sergeant Matthew Gregoire of Dover, N.H., joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in May 2020. Staff Sgt. Gregoire began his musical training at age 9 on flute and began playing bassoon at age 13. After graduating from Dover Senior High School in 2011, he attended the Eastman School of Music where he studied with John Hunt and earned a bachelor’s degree in bassoon performance in 2015. In 2017 he received his master's from the Yale School of Music, where he studied under Frank Morelli. Prior to joining the band, Staff Sgt. Gregoire was a regular substitute for the Springfield Symphony Orchestra in Massachusetts, and a freelance musician throughout New England.

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 performed with the Princeton Symphony, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, and Verbier Festival Orchestra.

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