November 1997

In Memoriam: Albert F. Schoepper

Volume 80, Issue 11

Colonel Albert F. Schoepper died in Alexandria, Va. He was 83.

He was director of "The President's Own" Marine Band and the White House music consultant for 17 years until his retirement from the Corps in 1972.

He enlisted as a violin and saxophone player in 1934 and spent 38 years with the band. As a master sergeant in 1951, he was named the band's "second leader." Schoepper became the band's director, as well as supervisor of all Marine bands and White House music adviser in 1955, and went on to become the first Marine Band director to reach the grade of full colonel.

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