David G. Wright
In 2003 David received the Jazz History Appreciation Month Award from the Department of the Interior for his “musical achievements, accomplishments, and dedication…” Congress created the Jazz History Appreciation Month Award in 1987, and Presidents Clinton and G.W. Bush ordered that awards be given to recognize outstanding contributors to the art of jazz.
He retired as a member of “The President’s Own,” The United States Marine Band, with more than 20 years of service. During that time, he served 6 presidents. He was principal bassoonist in the White House Chamber Orchestra and Concert Band.
David performed as solo saxophonist and vocalist with the 8 member White House Dance Band
He earned his Bachelor of Music degree, Magna cum Laude, from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music (’73). Next came acceptance to The Juilliard School of Music and studies with the world-renowned bassoonist, William Polisi. David received his Master of Music degree in Performance from The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. (’74).
While still attending conservatory he took the summer and toured with Stax Records, accompanying such artists as Isaac Hayes and Luther Ingram. Both artists had number 1 song hits that year (1972). David also appeared in the movie, Watts/Stax ’72, and in Rob Reiner’s film, A Few Good Men (1992). His longest association with television production was performing with numerous artists during the 14 years of the popular, “In Performance at the White House” (1980-1994), as well as many other PBS Television Specials and Soundtracks.
A partial list of Mr. Wright’s Performance & Production Credits include: (Both as a freelance musician and contractor, and as a member of the Marine Band)
Performed with: Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Cab Calloway, Nancy Wilson, American Jazz Philharmonic (Arturo Sandoval, Grady Tate, Antonio Hart), Pete Fountain, Al Hirt, Quincy Jones, Bob Hope, Neil Diamond, Marvin Hamlish, Mary Martin, Robert Goulet, Pearl Bailey, The 5th Dimension, Bobby Rydell, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Temptations, Captain & Tenelle, Tony Orlando & Dawn, Clint Holmes, The Judds, Lee Greenwood, Eddie Rabbit, Gary Morris, Jesse Norman, The New York City Ballet, Beverly Sills, Washington Opera (on stage performance, Don Giovanni), , Jim Henson & The Muppets,
As a Producer/Assistant Producer:
Marilyn Horne, James Earl Jones, Cab Calloway, Rita Moreno, Karen Akers, Angela Landsbury, Garrison Keillor, Delta Burke, Lynda Carter, Tramaine Hawkins & Richard Smallwood (Gospel)
Dyane Wright received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music with a performance certificate on Bassoon. That year she was included in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. She earned credits toward a Master of Music Degree at the Catholic University of America while studying bassoon with William Polisi in New York.
Dyane won the national audition and was accepted into ‘The President’s Own’ The United States Marine Band where she performed on a regular basis at The White House with the Marine Band’s Chamber Orchestra as well as the Woodwind Quintet and Concert Band. Dyane was the 5th woman admitted into the ranks of The Marine Band and became head of women’s uniforms where she designed and instituted the first dress uniforms for women to wear during pregnancy. This uniform allowed musicians to continue to perform with the band and orchestra instead of being assigned to administrative duties while pregnant.
Dyane retired from the Marine Band in 1995 to become active in Wright Music & Productions as assistant producer, office manager and head of client relations.