The MISD Band program is thrilled to welcome to our Zoom classes in the next two weeks some extraordinary musicians. These professional band members will share with our Mercer Island students their personal stories, their music, their instruments, and the excitement of being included in one of the premiere wind bands in the world.
We are so thankful to our Mercer Island Schools Band Boosters, Mercer Island HS PTSA, Mercer Island Schools Foundation and our island community who continue to support and provide these deeply rich educational experiences for our students.
These musicians are members of the "The President’s Own" United States Marine Band. Known as one of the premier wind bands in the world, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band’s mission is to perform for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Founded in 1798 by an Act of Congress, the Marine Band is America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization. Today, “The President’s Own” is celebrated for its role at the White House and its dynamic public performances, which total more than 500 annually.
These amazing musicians will clinic with our own Mercer Island Band students in selected classes.
Bios for consultants starting at the upper left:
Percussion: Master Gunnery Sergeant Christopher Rose
French Horns: Staff Sergeant Cecilia Buettgen
Jazz Improv: Staff Sergeant Tyler Lindsay
Trumpets: Master Sergeant Scott Gearhart
IMS "Why I love music" clinic: Staff Sergeant Kristin Bowers
Clarinets: Gunnery Sergeant Harry Ong