Bassoonist Staff Sergeant David Young joined "The President's Own" United States Marine Band in August 2015. Staff Sgt. Young began his musical instruction on clarinet at age 9 and bassoon at age 11, and graduated from River Hill High School in Clarksville in 2009. He earned a bachelor's degree in music from the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University (NU) in Evanston, Ill., in 2013, where he also studied for a semester at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. His teachers included Christopher Millard of NU and principal bassoon of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada; Lewis Kirk of NU and the Lyric Opera of Chicago; and Sue Heineman, principal bassoon of the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) in Washington, D.C.
Prior to joining "The President's Own," Staff Sgt. Young was acting second principal bassoon with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway and adjunct professor at Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Md. He has also performed with the NSO, the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Fla., the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Chicago Composer's Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colo., the Banff Festival Orchestra in Canada, and the Washington, D.C., based woodwind quintet District 5.