SHS grad will perform during inauguration

Salem High School graduate Andrew Schuller will perform with “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band during the inauguration of President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. on Monday.

A master gunnery sergeant, Schuller joined the “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in 1986, joining an elite group which has performed for every U.S. president since John Adams, after being founded in 1798.

Schuller was appointed trumpet section leader in 1998 and high brass section commander in 2003.

The Marine Band provides music for the Inauguration swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol, leads the second division of the parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, and performs at various inaugural balls throughout Washington, D.C.

“The President’s Own” is the only musical unit to participate in all three and will accompany Kelly Clarkson in “America” and Beyonce in The National Anthem during the ceremony.

America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization, the Marine Band has a primary mission to provide music for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps. On March 4, 1801, the Marine Band performed for Thomas Jefferson’s inauguration and research suggests that the band has participated in every presidential inaugural since.

An accomplished musician himself, Jefferson recognized the unique relationship between the band and the Chief Executive and is credited with giving the Marine Band the title, “The President’s Own.”

Schuller began his musical instruction at age 6, graduated from Salem High School in 1976, and attended Youngstown State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music education in 1981 and studied trumpet with Esotto Pellegrini and conducting with Robert Fleming.

In 1993, he earned a master’s degree in conducting from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., where he studied with Anthony Maiello.

Schuller performs with the Marine Band, Marine Chamber Orchestra, and Marine Chamber Ensembles at the White House, in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, and across the country during the band’s annual concert tour in the fall.

He is a frequently featured conductor in the Marine Chamber Ensembles series.

The son of William and Jeannine Schuller of Salem, he currently resides in Alexandria, Va., with his wife, Heidi.

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