Clarinetist Shawn Buck received his B.M. from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, and his M.M. from the Manhattan School of Music. His teachers include some true Titans of the clarinet world: Ignatius N. Gennusa--Principal Clarinet of the Chicago Symphony under Fritz Reiner (and himself, a student of the legendary Daniel Bonade); Peter Simenauer--Associate Principal Clarinet/E-flat Clarinet of the New York Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein, Zubin Mehta, and Kurt Mazur; and finally Kalmen Opperman--renowned NYC-based clarinet pedagogue.
Mr. Buck presently holds the position of Principal Clarinet in The Apollo Orchestra. Before this he served as the Solo E-flat Clarinet of the United States Air Force Concert Band, and also as a member of The United States Air Force Woodwind Quintet. An active freelance musician in the DC Metro area, Shawn also performs with many of the area's regional orchestras, including The Maryland Symphony, The Fairfax Symphony, Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, Opera Camerata of Washington, The Manassas Ballet Theater Orchestra, The American Pops Orchestra, Fairfax Choral Society, Washington Choral Arts Society, and the Cathedral Choral Society.
At home in the gym as well as on stage, when he's not practicing or performing Shawn can usually be found in the weight room of his local fitness club.