Clarinetist Gunnery Sergeant Joseph LeBlanc joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in September 2005. Gunnery Sgt. LeBlanc began his musical instruction at age 10 on saxophone and switching to clarinet at 19. After graduating in 1999 from Moanalua High School in Honolulu, he attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music in 2003. Gunnery Sgt. LeBlanc also pursued graduate studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He studied with Donald Sinta and Fred Ormand at Michigan, Cincinnati Symphony principal clarinet Richard Hawley, and Allen Won of New York. Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Gunnery Sgt. LeBlanc performed with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in Ohio and the Honolulu and Detroit Symphony Orchestras. In 2012, he performed Carlo della Giacoma’s Fantasy on Themes from Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana.