Alumnus joins ‘The President’s Own’ U.S.
Staff Sgt. Ryan Nowlin
Alumnus Ryan Nowlin has composed, conducted and arranged music for schools’ concert and marching bands and recording artists. Now he will be using his talents in the service of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. Nowlin joined the Marine Band in July as a staff arranger.
The multitalented musician is familiar to BGSU audiences as the composer of “Fanfare: Sounds of the Centennial,” premiered by the BGSU Wind Symphony in January. Behind the scenes, he has been an arranger for the Falcon Marching Band.
As a member of the Marine Band production staff, Staff Sgt. Nowlin is responsible for the production of musical arrangements that encompass numerous styles for a variety of instrumental ensembles. Many of these arrangements are performed at the White House for the president and visiting dignitaries.
Nowlin began his musical instruction on piano at age 5, trumpet at age 10, and French horn at age 17. Upon graduating in 1996 from North Royalton High School, he earned a bachelor’s degree in music and a master’s degree in music education and conducting at BGSU. He studied with Herbert Spencer and Bruce Moss at BGSU, and also with prolific composer
Before joining “The President’s Own,” Nowlin was an instructor at BGSU as well as staff arranger for the Kansas State University Marching Band. He was the band director at Jackson City Schools in Ohio and most recently was the director of bands for the Brecksville-Broadview Heights School District.
The Marine Band is America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization. Founded in 1798, the band has performed for every U.S. president since John Adams. Known as “The President’s Own” since the days of Thomas Jefferson, the Marine Band’s primary mission is to provide music for the president and the commandant of the Marine Corps.
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