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
Born1964 (age 56–57)
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service1987–2014
Commands heldUnited States Marine Band
AwardsNavy Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Alma materState University of New York
Arizona State University
George Mason University
Spouse(s)Nancy Shepard Colburn
Other workDirector of Bands at Butler University

Michael J. Colburn (born 1964) is the Director of Bands at Butler University and 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 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.

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

Colburn is currently the director of bands at Butler University in Indianapolis.



  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. ^ "https://www.butler.edu/directory/user/mcolburn". Butler.edu. Retrieved 2021-03-05. External link in |title= (help)