Concert Band Clarinet
THE UNITED STATES ARMY FIELD BAND FROM WASHINGTON, DC
Sergeant Major Reis McCullough
A native of Seattle, Sergeant Major Reis McCullough became Principal Clarinet of the Concert Band in 2006 and Concertmaster in 2010. He is currently the Woodwind Group Leader of The U.S. Army Field Band, Leader of The Clarinet Quartet, and has frequently performed as a soloist with the Concert Band. He received a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan and both a Bachelor of Music degree and Performer’s Certificate from The Eastman School of Music. He has studied with William Blayney, Kenneth Grant, Fred Ormand, and Robert DiLutis. In 2000, he toured Japan with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, and has also performed with the Ars Nova Orchestra, Avanti Orchestra, Slee Symphonietta, Federal Way Philharmonic, and Chautauqua Festival Orchestra. In his free time, SGM McCullough enjoys teaching clarinet to young students and providing assistance to schools in his community.
Master Sergeant Jennifer Everhart
Master Sergeant Jennifer Everhart joined The U.S. Army Field Band in August 2005. She has performed as a soloist on numerous concert tours, and currently serves as bass clarinetist with The U.S. Army Field Band Clarinet Quartet. MSG Everhart is an active performer in the Baltimore/DC area and has performed with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, and Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. MSG Everhart earned a Master of Music degree at Indiana University, where she studied with Professor Howard Klug, and a Bachelor of Music degree at Furman University, where she studied with Robert Chesebro.
Master Sergeant Michael Sears
Master Sergeant C. Michael Sears is from Lithia Springs, Georgia. He earned a Master of Music degree from Indiana University studying under Howard Klug and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Georgia, where he studied with Dr. Theodore Jahn. Before joining The U.S. Army Field Band, he was a guest artist in Costa Rica for Promising Artists of the 21st Century program. While serving as clarinetist for the Concert Band, MSG Sears has been featured as a soloist on numerous concert tours and as Assistant Principal clarinetist. When not performing with the Concert Band, MSG Sears enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters. He also enjoys running, biking, and basketball.
Sergeant First Class Lauren Angert
Sergeant First Class Lauren Angert is originally from Lynchburg, Virginia. Before becoming a member of The U.S. Army Field Band in 2006, she earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Georgia. She has performed with various orchestras in Georgia, including the Gainesville and Toccoa Symphonies. Her teachers include Fred Ormand and D. Ray McClellan. SFC France is a member of the Capitol Clarinets and currently maintains a private clarinet studio in Howard County, Maryland.
Sergeant First Class John Blair
Originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia, Sergeant First Class John Blair holds a Master of Music degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from James Madison University. His principal teachers include Richie Hawley, Steve Cohen, Ron de Kant, Dr. Janice Minor, Dr. D. Ray McClellan, and Patti Carlson. As a member of The U.S. Army Field Band, SFC Blair has performed as soloist with the Concert Band and on the Army Field Band’s Chamber Music Series. He is a member of the Woodwind Ambassadors and has performed numerous educational outreach concerts and masterclasses. SFC Blair has also performed professionally with the Tidewater Winds Concert Band, the Penn’s Woods Festival Orchestra, the Howard County Ballet Orchestra, the Columbia Orchestra, and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra in conjunction with the Bay Youth Symphony Orchestra. SFC Blair is currently a substitute clarinetist with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra.
Sergeant First Class Marlena Dillenbeck
Sergeant First Class Marlena Dillenbeck is a native of Coopersville, Michigan. She holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Bachelor of Music degree from Michigan State University. Prior to joining The U.S. Army Field Band, SFC Dillenbeck played principal clarinet with the Ann Arbor Symphony, attended the Aspen Music Festival,the National Orchestral Institute, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Jerusalem International Symphony Orchestra Festival, and was a member of the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. She has performed with the Colorado Music Festival, the Colorado Symphony, and served as principal clarinetist of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra for ten years.
Staff Sergeant Mikey Arbulu
Staff Sergeant Mikey Arbulu hails from Cooper City, Florida. SSG Arbulu earned both Doctorate of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Florida. Prior to joining the Army Field Band, SSG Arbulu served as the second clarinetist of the Kentucky Symphony, and often performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, The Louisville Orchestra, the Dayton Philharmonic, and the New World Symphony. He is also a founding member of the new music ensemble, All of the Above, and performs on international tours during the summer with the American Chamber Winds. His primary teachers and mentors include Jonathan Gunn, Ron Aufmann, Benjamin Freimuth, Ixi Chen, and Mitchell Estrin. SSG Arbulu joined The United States Army Field Band in 2018.
Staff Sergeant Dane Clark
Staff Sergeant Dane Clark is a native of Jupiter, Florida. He joined The U.S. Army Field Band in 2018, and is a member of the Concert Band and The U.S. Army Field Band Woodwind Quintet. SSG Clark received a Master of Music degree with Distinction from DePaul University and a Bachelor of Music degree from The Florida State University. SSG Clark’s primary mentors have been Robert DiLutis, Larry Combs, Julie DeRoche, Frank Kowalsky, Michael Forte, and Jerome Levine. SSG Clark maintains a private clarinet studio in Maryland and is currently a substitute clarinetist with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra.
Staff Sergeant Erik Franklin
Staff Sergeant Erik Franklin earned a Master of Music degree at Indiana University where he studied with Professor Howard Klug, and a Bachelor of Music degree at Furman University, studying with Dr. Robert Chesebro. He joined the Field Band in 2016 and performs with the US Army Field Band Clarinet Quartet. He has previously held positions with the Terre Haute Symphony and the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. SSG Franklin is also a founding member of the Novacane Quartet. A dedicated teacher, SSG Franklin has served as Instructor of Woodwinds/Music History at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. He also teaches pre-college students and hosts a week-long summer camp at the Indiana Clarinet Experience in Brown County. When not touring the country with The U.S. Army Field Band, SSG Franklin enjoys exploring the monuments and museums in our nation’s capital with his spouse.