Michael J. Colburn

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Michael J. Colburn
Director of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, Colonel Michael J. Colburn.jpg
Colburn as Director of United States Marine Band
Birth name Michael J. Colburn
Born 1964 (age 53–54)
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1987-2014
Rank US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel

Michael J. Colburn (born 1964) was the 27th Director of the United States Marine Band and a colonel in the Marine Corps. Colburn joined "The President’s Own" Marine Band in 1987 as a euphonium player and became the band's director in 2004.[1] Colburn is a native of St. Albans, Vermont, and graduated from Bellows Free Academy there in 1982.[2] He attended Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam for two years before transferring to Arizona State University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in music performance from Arizona State University in 1986. He received his master's degree in conducting from George Mason University in 1991.[3]

As Director of the Marine Band, Colburn conducted the group's performances at high-level state events including United States presidential inaugurations, state funerals and state arrival ceremonies.

Col. Colburn retired his commission on 12 July 2014. He was succeeded by Lt. Col. Jason Fettig.[4]

Col. Colburn has accepted the position as director of bands at Butler University in Indianapolis effective Aug. 20, 2014.[5]



  1. ^ Katy June-Friesen (January 16, 2013). "First Person Singular: Col. Michael J. Colburn, 48, Burke, Director of "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 26, 2013.
  2. ^ "Michael J. Colburn (2004 - present)". United States Marine Band. Archived from the original on October 19, 2012. Retrieved January 26, 2013.
  3. ^ Tara Laskowski (2005). "The President's Own Maestro". The Mason Spirit.
  4. ^ Gunnery Sgt. Amanda Simmons (8 July 2014). "Change of Command". United States Marine Band. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  5. ^ Groppe, Maureen (31 July 2014). "Director of president's band takes job at Butler University". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 31 July 2014.