Jonathan Bisesi

Prof. Jonathan Bisesi has held the position of percussionist with the “President’s Own” United States Marine Band since May 2004. Through this position, Bisesi has performed in some of the finest concerts halls throughout the country as a concert band, chamber, and orchestral musician. He has also been a featured soloist with the Marine Band on multiple occasions, most notably on the Filene Center stage at the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, and the "President’s Own" 2011 National Concert Tour.

Other performance work through the Marine Band includes a performance and demonstration at the 2009 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Austin, Texas, numerous chamber percussion performances at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Luzerne Music Center, University of Maryland Percussion Seminar, The Manhatthan School of Music, The United States Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Conference, The United States Navy Band Saxophone Conference, as well as countless master classes at universities and high schools across the nation. 

In addition to this concert work, Bisesi follows the high honored mission of the “President’s Own,” as he supports the musical events that take place for the President of the United States, most of which occur at the White House. Highlights have included the Funeral of President Ronald Reagan, the Inaugurations of 2005, 2009 and 2013, September 11th memorial events, Fourth of July celebrations, and the dedication of the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. 

Bisesi received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, as a student of Allen Otte, founder of the Percussion Group Cincinnati. He then completed a Masters of Music degree at Boston University, where he studied with Timothy Genis, principal timpanist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. As a student, Bisesi was a fellow of the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, and The Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts. Upon completing his formal education, Bisesi was appointed to the percussion faculty at Boston University. While on faculty, his primary duty was directing the B.U. Percussion Ensemble, an ensemble that performed percussion chamber music from the 20th and 21st centuries. 

As an active freelance musician, Bisesi has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Boston Ballet, The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, The Kennedy Center Opera and Ballet Orchestras, Alea III (New Music Ensemble at Boston University), The New World Symphony, The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, The Buffalo Philharmonic, The International Festival Cervantino (The largest arts festival in Latin America) in Guanajuato, Mexico, The Saltbay Chamberfest, as well as taught at the prestigious Boston University Tanglewood Institute during the summers of 2002-03.

Jonathan Bisesi

Jonathan Bisesi
Adjunct Assistant Professor


B.A., University of Cincinnati College- Conservatory of Music
M.M., Boston University