Clarinet Trio from "The President's Own" Heads to Midwest for Educational Outreach

22 Feb 2006 | Staff Sgt. Rachel Ghadiali

Aclarinet trio from “The President’s Own” is preparing for its first educational outreach to the Midwest as part of the Marine Band’s committment to professional musical development. Master Sergeants Jihoon Chang, Jay Niepoetter, and Randall Riffle will travel to four universities in five days to perform for and coach clarinet students and music majors.The three clarinet players have played together as a trio for nearly 13 years, andhave known each other since high school. “This is a wonderful chance to play in front of our former teachers and their students,” said Master Sgt. Niepoetter. “We can let the students know we were once in their shoes.” The group’s first stop, Monday, April 2, will be at Northern Illinois University, where they will perform a recital at 6:30 p.m. At 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 3, they will offer a master class at the University of Illinois. The three will travel to Carbondale, Ill., where at 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 4, they will perform at Southern Illinois University (SIU). At 10 a.m., Thursday, April 5, the trio will offer a master class at SIU, and that evening at 8:30 p.m., they will perform for Indiana University’s clarinet studio in Bloomington. All appearances are free of charge and open to the public.Program highlights for the trio’s performances and master classes include selections by Ludwig van Beethoven, Paquito D’Rivera, John Harbison, and MarcelMihalovici. The program also will feature One Liners, composed by SIU Professor, Dr. Eric Mandat, Niepoetter’s former clarinetteacher.“Part of the reason this is so exciting,” said Master Sgt. Chang, “is that we’re taking the music we love so much and bringing it to the students, hoping to have an impact on them.”To learn more about the members of the Marine Band and upcoming concerts, visit
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