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Jan. 19, 2010/FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Marla Carpenter, 770-3337, carpem@uncsa.edu

 

“THE PRESIDENT’S OWN” UNITED STATES MARINE SAXOPHONE QUARTET TO PERFORM AT UNCSA


WINSTON-SALEM – “The President’s Own” United States Marine Saxophone Quartet will give a free recital for the public at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, in Watson Chamber Music Hall on the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) campus, 1533 South Main St., Winston-Salem.

The Marine Saxophone Quartet is one of several ensembles formed from within “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band to present chamber concerts and educational clinics. Members of the quartet perform regularly as part of the Marine Chamber Orchestra and Marine Chamber Ensembles, and are frequently featured as soloists.


"The President's Own"
United States Marine Saxophone Quartet

Recent performances were given during the quartet’s tour of the Northeast, including the New England Saxophone Symposium as well as annual performances at The Navy Band Saxophone Symposium and at various regional chamber music series.  The quartet also has been active as part of Music in the Schools, an educational program offered to elementary and high school students offered by the Marine Band. The quartet performs a wide variety of repertoire with a keen interest in contemporary music. 

The recital program for Jan. 27 at UNCSA will include Le Bal, Thierry Escaich; Ballade, Phanos Dymiotis; and selections from Porgy and Bess, George Gershwin, arr. Bill Holcombe, and Pyramid Song, Radiohead, arr. Peterson Quartet, David Froom.

During its visit, the saxophone quartet will also give a master class for UNCSA students, prior to the recital.

Quartet Members
Saxophonist Gunnery Sergeant Otis M. Goodlett IV of Lexington, S.C., joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in June 2000. Gunnery Sgt. Goodlett began his musical career at the age of 8. After graduating from Lexington High School in 1994, he attended Furman University in Greenville, S.C., where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music education in 1998. In 1999, he received a master’s degree in saxophone performance from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. His notable instructors were Clifford Leaman of the University of South Carolina, Jonathan Helton of the University of Florida, and Dr. Frederick Hemke of Northwestern University. Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Gunnery Sgt. Goodlett taught music at the American Renaissance Charter and Middle Schools in Statesville, N.C., and taught private music lessons.

Saxophonist Gunnery Sergeant Gregory Ridlington of Spokane, Wash., joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in April 1999. Gunnery Sgt. Ridlington began his musical instruction at age 10. After graduating in 1991 from Mead High School in Spokane, he attended the University of North Texas, in Denton, where he received a bachelor’s degree in music in 1995. His instructors included Jim Riggs and Eric Nestler. In 1999, he earned a master’s degree in music from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied with Kenneth Radnofsky and George Garzone. Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Gunnery Sgt. Ridlington toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

Saxophonist Gunnery Sergeant Steven J. Temme of Scottsdale, Ariz., joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in August 2003. He was appointed Assistant-Principal Saxophone in August 2005. Staff Sgt. Temme began his musical training at age 10. Upon graduating in 1997 from Horizon High School in Scottsdale, he attended Indiana University in Bloomington, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music performance in 2001. In 2003, he earned a degrée superior in saxophone and chamber music from the Conservetoire National de Region Cergy – Pontoise in Paris, France. His notable saxophone instructors include Eugene Rousseau at Indiana University, and Jean-Yves Fourmeau at the Conservetoire National de Region Cergy-Pontoise. Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Staff Sgt. Temme was selected as auxiliary saxophonist with the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Verbier, Switzerland. He performed a solo recital for the American Church of Paris’ “Ateliers Concert Series,” and won first prize in the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Talent Search & Recognition competition.

Saxophonist Staff Sergeant David Jenkins of Williamstown, Mass., joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in November 2004. Staff Sgt. Jenkins began his musical training at age 4. Upon graduating in 1990 from Mount Greylock Regional High School in Williamstown, he attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (UMass) where he earned bachelor’s degrees in music education and saxophone performance in 1996. In 2001, he earned a master’s of music in performance from Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe. His notable saxophone instructors include Lynn Klock of UMass, Joseph Wytko of ASU, and Eugene Rousseau of UMN. Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Staff Sgt. Jenkins performed with the Amherst Saxophone Quartet in Amherst, N.Y., and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in Minnesota.

“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band
Established by an Act of Congress in 1798, the Marine Band is America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization. Its primary mission is unique—to provide music for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps. “The President’s Own” maintains a standard of excellence instated by 17th Director John Philip Sousa. Musicians are selected at auditions much like those of major symphony orchestras, and they enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps for duty with the Marine Band only. Most of today’s members are graduates of the nation’s finest music schools, and nearly 60 percent hold advanced degrees in music.

University of North Carolina School of the Arts

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of the Arts”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from middle school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. Internationally renowned conductor John Mauceri has been chancellor of UNCSA since 2006. UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.


 

 

 

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