Concert Band Timpani/Percussion
THE UNITED STATES ARMY FIELD BAND FROM WASHINGTON, DC
Sergeant First Class Robert Marino
Sergeant First Class Robert Marino was named the Principal Timpanist of The U.S. Army Field Band in 2006. He began his graduate studies at Boston University and completed his Master of Music degree at the University of Maryland in 2010. He is a 2005 graduate of The Eastman School of Music, with degrees in Percussion Performance and Music Education. SFC Marino has been a featured soloist with the Concert Band at the American Bandmasters Association Convention and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Conference. He is also active in the marching arts and has been an instructor for the nine-time Drum Corps International world champion Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps since 2007. He has also taught the Madison Scouts and Capital Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. He lives in Baltimore with his wife, Elizabeth.
Sergeant Major William Elliott
Sergeant Major Bill Elliott joined The U.S. Army Field Band in 1992. Before coming to the Army Field Band, he performed with the Louisville Orchestra and the Lexington Philharmonic. SGM Elliott earned a Master of Music degree from Northern Illinois University, where he studied with Rich Holly, Robert Chappell, and Cliff Alexis. He earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Kentucky, studying under James Campbell and David Davenport. He is currently on the music faculty of the Community College of Baltimore County, Essex Campus, and previously served as interim percussion professor at the University of Kentucky. He has performed as a guest artist on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Fox and Friends Morning Show, and Despirita America. SGM Elliott produced and edited The U.S. Army Field Band instructional DVD, The Complete Percussionist, and has recorded more than 20 albums with the Army Field Band. He holds a 2nd degree black belt from Shin’s Tae Kwon Do, Chung Do Kwon Association, and plays on the praise team and sings in the choir at Perry Hall Baptist Church.
Master Sergeant Brian Spurgeon
Master Sergeant Brian Spurgeon earned a Master of Music degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. His teachers include Tim Adams, Peter Kogan, Cloyd Duff, Paul Evans, and Ron Keezer. He attended the Aspen Music Festival and has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony. MSG Spurgeon currently serves as the Percussion Section Leader and as The U.S. Army Field Band’s Graphic Designer.
Staff Sergeant Andrew Emerich
Staff Sergeant Andrew Emerich holds a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin. His primary instructors include Thomas Burritt, Tony Edwards, Brannen Temple, She-e Wu, James Ross, and Willie Jones III. He is also an alumnus of the Brevard Music Center and the Aspen Music Festival. He has performed with the Maryland Symphony, Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale, the Round Rock Symphony, and the Northbrook Symphony. SSG Emerich was active in the marching percussion idiom for several years performing with the Revolution Drum and Bugle Corps, the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, Surround Sound Percussion, Element HPA, the University of Texas Longhorn Band, and the Chicago Bulls’ “Stampede” drum line. He has also worked as a clinician, private instructor, and arranger for many scholastic ensembles as well as the Northwestern University Wildcat Marching Band. An active drum set performer, SSG Emerich also plays with various projects in a multitude of genres.
Staff Sergeant Mitchell Gribbroek
Staff Sergeant Mitchell Gribbroek earned a Master of Music degree from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Central Florida. While pursuing a Graduate Diploma from the New England Conservatory, he won a section position with the Virginia Symphony where he performed until joining the Army Field Band in 2019. SSG Gribbroek has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Virginia Opera, Orlando Philharmonic, Gulf Coast Symphony, Tallahassee Symphony, and more. He can be seen as a featured soloist on the Vic Firth Spotlight video series. He and his wife are active audio/video recording artists.
Staff Sergeant Derek R. Stults
Staff Sergeant Derek Stults holds a Master of Music degree from DePaul University, a Bachelor of Music degree in both Performance and Education from The Hartt School of the University of Hartford, and a Professional Studies Diploma in orchestral studies-percussion from the Chicago College of Performing Arts. His principal teachers have been Michael Osrowitz, Ben Toth, Ted Atkatz, Vadim Karpinos, Eric Millstein, and Ed Harrison. He has also studied Arabic hand drumming with Glen Velez. In 2009, SSG Stults was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. He also participated in the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Aspen Music Festival. SSG Stults was Principal Percussionist with the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra and was a member of the Southwest Michigan Symphony, the Evansville Philharmonic, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Since 2011, he has freelanced in the Washington, DC area and has been a regular substitute with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.